Titans offense continues to struggle to find the end zone in shocking loss in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Titans offense failed to score a touchdown for the second time in three weeks and this time it cost them a victory in Buffalo. 

The Titans settled for four field goals in a 13-12 loss at Buffalo that they will be kicking themselves over all season, especially Nick Williams.  

With the Titans trailing 10-6 in the 4th quarter Marcus Mariota delivered a touchdown pass right in the hands of Williams on 3rd and 4, but Williams dropped the ball and the Titans were forced to settle for a 39-yard Ryan Succop field goal. 

Mariota said it is no mystery why the Titans lost.  

 “You can’t kick field goals and think you’re going to win the game.” 

The Titans managed only 51 offensive plays in the game, throwing for 121 yards and rushing for 100 more.  

 “We’ve got to be better. We’ve got to be a whole lot better” Mariota said afterward. 

Mariota threw an interception for one of three Titan turnovers. Dion Lewis and Taywan Taylor each fumbled the football in critical situations for the Titans. Mariota also fumbled, but the ball rolled out of bounds.

He credited the Bills defense for their aggressiveness and tenacity all day, “They just attack the football”.

Head coach Mike Vrabel gave the Bills defense credit for the win, “We didn’t do a good enough job of protecting the football”. 

They also didn’t give up the big play. Up front, the Titans offensive line struggled to handle the Bills pass rush rarely allowing Mariota the ability to get the ball downfield. Mariota was sacked twice in the game, including on 3rd and 8 on a potential game-winning drive.

The Titans settled for a 50-yard Ryan Succop field goal and a 12-10 lead, a lead they could not protect. 

The Titans failure in the red zone was shocking when you look at just how bad the Bills have been at defending it all season. The Bills were giving up TD’s on 85.7% of red zone possessions this season, 29th in the NFL, but Sunday the Titans went 0 for 1. 

The kick still gave the Titans the lead and a chance at Mariota’s 12th game winning drive and 8th since 2017, but rookie Josh Allen took the Bills downfield for the game winner and a second massive upset in three weeks. 

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