1. Bills become road warriors with third consecutive road win to start the season
Heading into their bye week the Bills are 4-1. Buffalo got back into the win column beating Tennessee on the road to make their record 3-0 in away games. It’s the first time they’ve started a season 3-0 on the road since 1993.
“It’s tough to win, we talk about that all the time. It’s tough to win on the road, in the AFC, against a good football team,” head coach Sean McDermott said. “This is a real balanced football team probably a whisper away from being 3-1, and to come down here and – we knew it was going to be close, we expected this type of game. The focus our players had being sandwiched in between an emotional game last week and the bye, I thought the focus and the energy our players had through the week, and in the game, we knew it was going to be a fourth quarter game or more, and we executed at a high level.”
McDermott made sure his team was prepared for Nashville. The Bills decided to practice in the rain in preparation for the weather they’d be in on Sunday and ran specific drills to prepare for any elements.
It worked and Buffalo allowed the fewest points since a 27-6 win over Minnesota in September last year. The combined points of 21 are the fewest since the snow bowl against Indianapolis in 2017.
2. John Brown making a consistent impact
John Brown has been a welcome addition to the Bills offense. Brown led the Bills offense with 75 yards and carried the Buffalo offense in the first half with a plethora of first down catches. Brown was a big reason for Josh Allen’s success.
“Trusting the five guys in front of me, trusting the receivers to go get open,” Allen said. “I felt comfortable in the pocket today, and our defense again played outstanding. That's something that we know they're going to do week-in and week-out. As a quarterback, I'm 8-1 with one or less turnovers, so understanding that and playing complementary football is what we need to do and continue to improve on that.”
Brown has 50 or more receiving yards in every game and is the first Bill to open a season with such a streak since Lee Evans did so in the 2008 season with seven straight games.
Brown has 390 yards in his first five career games as a Bill. It ranks third all-time ranking behind Jerry Butler (465) and Bill Miller (438).
Scroll through to see photos of all the action as the Bills take on the Titans during Week 5 of the 2019 football season.
3. Special teams the difference maker in Nashville ... for the better
This time the Bills won in Nashville because of special teams.
Titans kicker Cairo Santos went 0-for-4 on field goal attempts, including one that was blocked by rookie seventh-round pick Darryl Johnson.
“I tipped it,” Johnson said. “I’ve been telling them all day, ‘We’re going to get one.’ We’d been getting penetration all game and I was like ‘(Lorenzo Alexander), let’s go get it.’ That’s what we did. We had to go get it, and we made a play.”
It was Buffalo’s first field goal block since Mario Williams against Green Bay in 2014.
Buffalo spent extra time during practice this week working on special teams after having a punt blocked in Week 4. Head coach Sean McDermott stresses the importance of all three phases.
“Thought our special teams did a real nice job today, changing the game a little bit there, changing field position,” McDermott said. “(Corey) Bojorquez did a really good job, some key punts again, changing field position.”
Bojorquez set a new career long with a 64 yard punt that forced the Titans to start on their own 13 yard line.