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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Buffalo Bills 14, Tennessee Titans 7

Josh Allen bounced back from an uncertain week and led the Buffalo Bills to a 14-7 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 5 of the 2019 season.

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Final Score

Buffalo Bills 14, Tennessee Titans 7

Buffalo Bills

All things considered, it was a solid day for quarterback Josh Allen. He did have one very poor throw that resulted in an interception, but other than that, he was impressive making the throws and rushes needed to move the chains.

For the most part, wide receiver John Brown had his way with the Tennessee secondary. He was targeted five times and caught all five passes for 21 yards. His 21-yard reception that set up Buffalo's first touchdown of the day came courtesy of a very nice route run that flat-out smoked cornerback Malcolm Butler.

The Titans offense threw early and often in the first half, an approach that might have been more successful were it not for interior lineman Jordan Phillips. Phillips displayed an ability to win with both speed and power as a pass-rusher, generating three sacks in the first half, totaling -23 yards for the frail Tennessee offense.

Sophomore linebacker Tremaine Edmunds had a solid game, leading his teammates in defensive stops. Edmunds held his own as a run defender but his best play of the game came in coverage when he tipped a pass from Mariota on third down, rendering the ball uncatchable. Tennessee subsequently punted, and they never got the ball back.

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee's first play of the game was a 26-yard completion was negated by a needless hold committed by Taylor Lewan. This set the tone for the offensive line's play: they committed five penalties on the day, putting the already struggling offense in increasingly difficult situations. The line didn't surrender pressure at a bad rate, but the pressures they did surrender often came very quickly.

Marcus Mariota‘s performance was unremarkable at best. He ended the day completing 13-of-22 passes for 183 yards. He wasn't helped by the three drops committed by the offense–two of which occurred on third down and ended drives–but his low depth of target meant that the Bills defense never had to contend with a deep passing attack.

Cornerback Logan Ryan was all over the place in this game. He led the team in tackles, with nine, and he came up with a sack and two hits. However, he was beaten in a few key moments in coverage, showing once again how up and down the life of a cornerback in the NFL can be.

Malcolm Butler may not have the most fun watching the film of this one. He was in coverage for multiple big passing plays, including the previously mentioned 21-yarder to John Brown. And with the way this game ended up playing out, that finished as one of the more important plays in the game.

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