The Buffalo Bills fell in heartbreaking fashion against the Tennessee Titans, 34-31, on Monday. Following that loss and now heading into the bye week, here is Bills Wire’s Week 6 stock report:
Stock down: Red zone offense
Titans defensive end Jeffery Simmons (98) Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Bills notably did not do well in the red zone on the final play of the game when quarterback Josh Allen was stuffed by the Titans’ defensive line with the game on the line… but red zone falters were nothing new at that point or so far this season.
Buffalo was 2-for-5 in scoring touchdowns in the red zone in Tennessee.
Stock down: Offensive line
Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
The Bills offensive line had a poor game. The ground game, again, didn’t really get going (3.6 yards per carry). The group was dominated at certain points by the Titans’ pass rush as well. Allen was sacked three times and rookie right tackle Spencer Brown had some growing pains on display.
The toughest of times came for fan favorite Dion Dawkins. He was the one beaten badly on the final play by Tennessee’s Jeffery Simmons.
Stock down: CB Levi Wallace
Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) looks to the sideline during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) makes a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
The difference maker for the Titans in their second-half scoring was the play-action pass. A solid showing by Tennessee running back Derrick Henry caused the Bills secondary to cheat up more and it burned them. Bills cornerback Levi Wallace was the culprit more than one time against Titans wideout AJ Brown.
The Bills cornerback is a steady player, but in the past, has been prone to a brutal game or two a season. This was one.
Stock down: Entire pass rush
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Entering the game, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked a league-high 20 times in five games. The Bills failed to bring him down one single time. That’s a bad look for the entire front-seven and pass rush.
Stock down: AJ Epenesa
Bills A.J. Epenesa
Epenesa was a healthy scratch.
Stock down: Brian Daboll
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Thoughts and prayers go out to Daboll during this trying time. He put on a brave face after losing his grandfather this past week, only three weeks after his grandmother passed away. He still did his job on Monday for the Bills.
But if we’re focusing just on the game that was, we have to put some blame on Daboll’s shoulders, particularly for calling a game-ending QB sneak with Allen. Many saw that one coming, including the Titans, and this game also featured some poor play from the offensive line and he still went with that play.
Stock down: AJ Klein
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker A.J. Klein . (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
Curiously, Klein only played in three snaps against the Titans. One would think that the Bills would have employed him more considering their commitment to stopping Henry out of the backfield. That was not the case as slot cornerback Taron Johnson was out there the entire game.
Stock up: Cole Beasley
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley
Beasley was back in the action again for the Bills and in a big way. He had seven catches for 88 yards on nine targets with a touchdown. That comes after his usage was way down the past few weeks for the Bills.
Stock up: TE Tommy Sweeney
Buffalo Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney Syndication The Tennessean
First-career touchdowns are always to be celebrated, even in a loss. Congrats to Sweeney, who might now be relied on more in the future with Dawson Knox’s injury.
Stock up: Sean McDermott
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel left, talks with Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott . (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
The play called was on Daboll, but the final choice to leave the offense on the field with the game on the line was McDermott’s call. He did it, and deserves praise for doing so. While we question the QB sneak, giving the players a chance to win the game was the right call.
Stock up: Jordan Poyer
Free safety Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Gang, it wasn’t all bad from Buffalo’s secondary. Poyer had an interception. It was a textbook reading of Tannehill.