1. This Bills rookie made PFF’s Week 5 Team of the Week
Rookie defensive end Darryl Johnson made his presence known on Sunday against the Titans. The seventh-round pick recorded his first career sack five games into the season. Johnson also stood out on special teams, which is what earned him a spot on PFF’s Week 5 Team of the Week.
ST DARRYL JOHNSON, BUFFALO BILLS
Johnson saw 21 snaps across the kick return, kick coverage, punt return, punt coverage and field goal block units. While he didn’t record a tackle, he did block a field goal, leaving a huge impact on such a low scoring game.
Johnson blocking a field goal causing former Titans kicker Cairo Santos to miss was just one of his four missed field goals on the day. The rookie saw 16 snaps on defense in addition to his 21 snaps on special teams.
2. Micah Hyde’s bye week plans: I want to watch film each day
Micah Hyde joined WGR on Monday to talk about the Titans win and his bye week plans. Hyde said Bills Mafia showed their support by taking over Nashville, but he wasn’t shocked.
“Anything that Bills Mafia does doesn’t surprise us anymore,” Hyde told Schopp and the Bulldog. “They travel. I can remember the last time we were at the Jacksonville playoff game, that was remarkable to see. We were driving and just seeing all the people out there. Sunday was the same thing, we were rolling up to the stadium and there was a huge parking lot and I did not see one spot of concrete. It was all red, white and blue of Bills Mafia just having a blast.”
The Titans scored just one touchdown in the game. Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips had a career day with three sacks. Phillips gave credit to his secondary for the great coverage on receivers, which made it harder for quarterback Marcus Mariota to get the ball out. Hyde gave credit to the defensive line for putting the pressure on Mariota.
“We just had to keep the top on the defense, our guys up front were eating,” Hyde said. “I don’t want to say any day is an off day but we were limited in the plays we had to make because the guys up front were doing such a good job of stopping the run and getting after the quarterback.”
Heading into the bye week sitting at 4-1 with only one other team matching that record and one left undefeated in the AFC, Hyde isn’t worried about respect on the national stage.
“Obviously we want respect, but I think the other teams that are watching film (on us), they are going to understand what type of football team we are,” Hyde said. “They’re going to respect us and it doesn’t matter what the media says and all that. We have to continue to go out there and put our film study in and compete.”
Even though it's an off week, Hyde wants to make sure his mindset remains on football.
“I want to watch film each day and kind of like do film study on myself,” Hyde explained. “Find what you are lacking in the last few games and prepare for going forward. Also at the same time, get away, relax, be with the family and wind down. Sean [McDermott] preaches a lot about keeping your mindset on football and focus on keeping your body in shape, you have to work out. But at the same time, it’s such a long season so you have to relax.”
3. One national analyst says the Bills made a statement in Week 5
With a 14-7 victory over the Titans after a loss in Week 4 to the Patriots, many see the win as a sign of the Bills talent level. NFL.com columnist and CBS Sports’ Adam Schein weighed in on his thoughts about the win in an article highlighting NFL’s Week 5 statement-makers.
7) Buffalo Bills 14, Tennessee Titans 7: Defense travels
Your 2019 Buffalo Bills are 4-1. My 2019 Cinderella pick is 4-1. A great defense -- a team with a great culture -- has the ability to be portable and take that D anywhere. Buffalo pounced on the __Titans’ __mistakes and missed field goals on Sunday. This is how you take the positives from the Week 4 loss to a great New England team and build off them. This is how you make sure a tight loss doesn't become a losing streak.
Schein has been a big believer in Buffalo this season. He predicts the Bills will make it to the playoffs this year.