Preseason Opener a Downer as Titans Top Bills 21-18

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If you want to take anything out of the Hall of Fame game Sunday night in Canton, OH, it’s that the Bills have plenty of work to do before they open the season on September 14th in New England. The team had its share of down moments in their 21-18 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday night, and will look to rebound with a better effort in their next preseason game vs Chicago on August 15th at home.

The problems started just about right away, as the Titans were able to march down the field, but then their drive stalled, and on a punt attempt the Titan punter, A.J. Trapasso, faked a lateral and went 40 yards through the Buffalo special teams for a score.

The only real drive for the Bills first-string offense was good, as Trent Edwards and new target Terrell Owens hooked up for two completions. The Bills got to the Titans 27, but the drive ended when Edwards floated a pass intended for Lee Evans at the Titans’ 7 and was easily intercepted by Cortland Finnegan.

The Titans went up 14-0 with a Lendale White TD, and then 21-3 at the half after Vince Young threw a TD pass after a Bills fumble on a punt gave Tennessee great field position. Let’s just say it’s one game tape that will quickly be thrown away.

The Bills made it somewhat of a game in the second half as cornerback Reggie Corner scored on a 26-yard interception return off fourth-stringer Alex Mortensen, while kicker Ryan Lindell hit all three field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder.

The first string O-line looked bad vs the Titans, and the run game was nowhere to be found, as the Bills top two backs – Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson combined for just 10 yards on the night. Edwards was 3-for-4 for 34 yards.

It’s a learning experience for the Bills, who will look to be much better in a week vs Chicago at home.

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