Bills eke out win against Ti­tans

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer

There’s noth­ing wrong with LeSean McCoy and Buf­falo Bills’ rush­ing at­tack, once they elect to stick with it.

A week spent em­pha­siz­ing how they weren’t go­ing to aban­don the run paid off in a 13-12 win over the Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Sun­day. McCoy and backup Chris Ivory played key roles in set­ting up Stephen Hauschka’s 46-yard field goal as time ex­pired.

McCoy fin­ished with 85 yards rush­ing, match­ing his com­bined to­tal from his first three games, on a sea­son-best 24 car­ries. And Ivory had 43 yards rush­ing, with 22 of them com­ing on Buf­falo’s 11play, 47-yard fi­nal drive.

“Not by ac­ci­dent,” coach Sean McDer­mott said, when asked of McCoy’s 26 touches, in­clud­ing two catches for 23 yards. “It starts up front and then both backs played ex­tremely well.”

Just like they drew it up, said McCoy.

“They told me they were go­ing to get me the ball this game, that was the main fo­cus,” McCoy said. “To­day we stuck with it.”

A week af­ter man­ag­ing 58 yards rush­ing in a 22-0 loss at Green Bay, the Bills racked up a sea­son-best 141 yards against the Ti­tans, in­clud­ing rookie quar­ter­back Josh Allen’s 14-yard touch­down run to open the scor­ing.

The de­fense also played a key role in help­ing Buf­falo im­prove to 2-3. The Bills forced three take­aways, al­lowed just 221 yards of­fense and lim­ited the Ti­tans to Ryan Suc­cop hit­ting four field goals.

Ten­nessee dropped to 3-2 and took a step back aweek af­ter a 2623 over­time win over the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles.

“We talked about it all week, about not com­ing here and lay­ing an egg,” Ti­tans safety Kevin Byard said. “But we did, and we lost, and we’ve got to get bet­ter.”

Rather than en­joy their best start in 10 years, the Ti­tans blew a chance to take over sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the AFC South stand­ings af­ter Jack­sonville (3-2) lost at Kan­sas City.

Mar­cus Mar­i­ota fin­ished 14 of 26 for 129 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion.

Run­ning back Dion Lewis and re­ceiver Tay­wan Tay­lor lost fum­bles.

Other ob­ser­va­tions from the Bills’ win over the Ti­tans: THROUGH HIS HANDS The Ti­tans’ best chance of find­ing the end zone slipped through their fin­gers early in the fourth quar­ter.

Fac­ing third-and-4 at Buf­falo’s 23, Mar­i­ota avoided the pass rush and scram­bled to his left, where he lobbed to re­ceiver Nick Wil­liams, who was wide open in the end zone. Wil­liams had the pass drop through his hands while at­tempt­ing to make an over-the-shoul­der catch. HELP FOR ALLEN Allen fin­ished 10 of 19 for 82 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion, while also learn­ing he might be get­ting some vet­eran help. McDer­mott con­firmed he and GM Bran­don Beane have con­sid­ered sign­ing 12year vet­eran quar­ter­back Derek An­der­son, but stressed “noth­ing

is fi­nal at this point.”

McDer­mott and Beane were for­merly with Carolina, where they both be­came fa­mil­iar with An­der­son, who spent the pre­vi­ous seven sea­sons with the Pan­thers. Buf­falo is down to Allen and se­cond-year player Nathan Peter­man at quar­ter­back af­ter trad­ing A.J. McCar­ron to Oak­land on Sept. 1.

“I’m not go­ing to turn any help away,” said Allen, who im­proved to 2-2 in four starts. AIL­ING LEWAN Ten­nessee’s Pro Bowl left tackle Tay­lor Lewan ag­gra­vated a right foot in­jury in the se­cond quar­ter and did not re­turn.

Lewan said he first ex­pe­ri­enced pain in his foot dur­ing last sea­son’s opener. The sore­ness re­turned fol­low­ing last week’s win over the Ea­gles. He said he felt “some­thing pop” on Sun­day. Lewan said ini­tial tests show no signs of a break, and he doesn’t be­lieve it’s a long-term in­jury. JUST FOR KICKS For the se­cond time in three games, Suc­cop ac­counted for all of the Ti­tans’ scor­ing. But this time it wasn’t enough.

Suc­cop made three field goals in a 9-6 win over the Jaguars two weeks ago. Against Buf­falo, he con­verted all four at­tempts, in­clud­ing a 54-yarder to match a ca­reer best. He’s now hit 13 of 14 at­tempts this sea­son. TAKE­AWAYS Bills rookie line­backer Tre­maine Ed­munds forced Tay­lor’s fum­ble, which led to the Bills open­ing-drive touch­down. De­fen­sive end Shaq Law­son forced Lewis’ fum­ble, which led to Hauschka hit­ting a 40yard field goal to put Buf­falo up 10-6.

Rookie corner­back Taron John­son jumped in front of a pass in­tended for Wil­liams for his first ca­reer in­ter­cep­tion.

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Buf­falo Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen (17) cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a rush­ing touch­down against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, Oct. 7, 2018, in Or­chard Park, N.Y.

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Buf­falo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka, right, with Corey Bo­jorquez hold­ing, kicks a field goal against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans dur­ing the se­cond half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, Oct. 7, 2018, in Or­chard Park, N.Y.

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