Allen hopes to have eyes in the right spot to attack Titans' D
With the Bills off this past Sunday due to playing on Thursday night, Bills QB Josh Allen sat on his couch and did the same thing as many football fans around the country: turned on NFL RedZone.
Allen tuned in to parts of the Giants vs. Titans game, both rooting for his former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll — now the Giants' HC — and looking for potential ways to attack the Tennessee defense.
"Just every highlight that I could watch. I was following along with my phone as well," Allen said.
While Allen's eyes were on RedZone on Sunday, he's working this week to make sure his eyes are in the right place come game time against the Titans to be able to exploit their defense.
"Going back and looking at the film from last year, too many times my eyes were in the wrong spots. And I can help clean that up, again just with eyes and ball placement, allowing our guys to catch and go," Allen explained.
Allen threw 3 TDs in the first 3 quarters of last year's Monday night thriller in Nashville, but the offense stalled in both fourth quarter drives as the Bills relinquished a 31-24 lead and lost 34-31. Allen said the Titans defense typically doesn't change too much of its philosophy from week-to-week, yet he's anticipating there to be different coverage looks to try to throw the offense off-rhythm.
"Understanding how teams are trying to play me and it seems like every week, there's some sort of new wrinkle or new challenge that I'm seeing. So just being prepared and trusting the rules within our offense," he shared.
Bills view Titans as AFC contenders
The Tennessee Titans may have started the season 0-1, but the Bills still see the reigning AFC South champs as one of the best teams in the conference. They're also a team that has beaten the Bills in two consecutive seasons.
"They're a good football team, No. 1 seed in the AFC last year," head coach Sean McDermott said.
While the Bills understand each year is its own journey and that not everything carries over from year to year, the one thing that has remained true to the Titans blueprint to success is their discipline and toughness.
"They're guys that are just taught the right things in football and coach (Mike) Vrabel can motivate those guys to really play at a higher level," Bills QB Josh Allen said. "And I'm assuming that's what it's going to be Monday night. Again, it's Monday night and coming off the game that they just had, they're going to be ticked off."
"They have a very, very tough team. From left tackle to right tackle, from wide receiver to wide receiver, all the coaches on the coaching staff are tough guys," added LB Von Miller.
The key to slowing down the Titans first starts with limiting RB Derrick Henry. But the Bills coaching staff and players all praised Ryan Tannehill for his role for the team's success. Tannehill posted the third-best QB grade in Week 1, per Pro Football Focus.
Though the Titans traded away star wideout A.J. Brown in the offseason, their system allows any receiver to be able to thrive.
"Very similar passing game [without Brown] They've got a good system. I think coach (Todd) Downing (offensive coordinator) does a great job of putting them in position, and again, good players," McDermott said.
McDermott wants offense to stay two-dimensional
The Bills passing attack got a lot of praise Thursday night, but McDermott shared that he thought the running game had a strong outing in the first game, outside of two fumbles.
"Yes. You know, again, we'd love to see the running backs have more yards every week. I think the more we can stay in that two dimensional approach, the better we'll be," McDermott said.
Devin Singletary led the way in the RB group with 8 carries for 48 yards against a Rams defense that allowed the sixth-fewest rush yards to opponents a season ago. Allen led the entire team with 10 carries for 56 yards. The Bills will look to build off those positives on the ground against Tennessee.
"Trying to get that in balance as well is important for me and for us. And in those yards are going to come for Josh because he has some unscripted plays out there, you know, from time to time. But overall, yes, I thought our two-dimensional approach was healthy for us," McDermott said.
Miller explains haircut, Diggs/Ramsey battle not personal for WR
With so much attention placed on the NFL Kickoff game in Los Angeles, there were bound to be a few viral moments from the game. One happened before kickoff as Von Miller's triangle-shaped haircut on the back of his head made the rounds on social media. It's a style Miller has had before, namely during Bills training camp.
"I've been having this hair cut for eight years. It's crazy, like, the power of social media," Miller laughed.
Miller took to Twitter over the weekend to explain the meaning behind his unique haircut.
WR Stefon Diggs also had a viral moment, this time during the game against Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. The two jawed back and forth throughout the night and the entertaining battle reached a climax when Diggs beat Ramsey in coverage for a 53-yard TD in the 4th quarter.
Diggs explained Wednesday that none of the trash track towards Ramsey was personal, it was more about being amped he and his quarterback were able to make big plays when it mattered.
"It's not so much personal, it's more so the rapport you build with your quarterback," Diggs said. "If you want to get away from me, it's going to be pretty hard because I go against a good guy every week."
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