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  • So much for the Tennessee Titans vowing not to take the Buffalo Bills for granted.That was safety Kevin Byard's lament when reminded how the Titans followed up last week's thrilling 26-23 overtime win over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles with a 13-12 loss to the Bills on Sunday."It shouldn't have been a lesson because we talked about it all week Bills Jason Croom Jersey , about not coming here and laying an egg," Byard said. "But we did, and we lost, and we've got to get better."Rather than enjoy their best start in 10 years, the Titans fell to 3-2 and blew a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC South standings after Jacksonville (3-2) lost at Kansas City."Respect has to be earned, not given, and we didn't earn our respect today," Byard said. "We didn't do too much of anything good today on all levels."Despite limiting the Bills to 223 yards of offense, the Titans gave up a final 11-play Cheap Kyle Williams Jersey , 47-yard drive capped by Stephen Hauschka's 46-yard field goal as time expired.It wasn't all on the defense.The Marcus Mariota-led offense gained just 221 yards, had 15 first downs and settled for four field goals by Ryan Succop. Worse still, running back Dion Lewis and receiver Taywan Taylor lost a fumble, while Mariota threw an interception.For a Titans team that showed resolve in winning each of its last three games by 3 points, Tennessee showed it can also lose a close one."You can't have it one way when you win and another way when you lose," first-year coach Mike Vrabel said. "The playing wasn't good enough today. The blocking wasn't good enough. Everything about the Titans wasn't good enough, and that's on me."Mariota's inconsistencies were apparent a week after he rallied the Titans from a 14-point third-quarter deficit by hitting Corey Davis for a 10-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in overtime.Against Buffalo, he finished 14 of 26 for 129 yards and was sacked twice.The first sack, by Trent Murphy Bills Corey Bojorquez Jersey , came on third-and-9 at the Bills 31, forcing the Titans to settle for Succop hitting a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.The second sack, by Jerry Hughes, came on third-and-8 at the Buffalo 29. Mariota fumbled, but was fortunate the ball bounced off his toe and went out of bounds. That led to Succop hitting a 50-yard field goal to put the Titans up 12-10 with 4:43 remaining.The Titans' best chance of finding the end zone slipped through their fingers early in the fourth quarter.Facing third-and-4 at Buffalo's 23, Mariota avoided the pass rush and scrambled to his left, where he lobbed to receiver Nick Williams, who was wide open in the end zone. Williams had the pass drop through his hands while attempting to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Again, Tennessee settled for a field goal by Succop."You have to focus on the next play and drop whatever happened Bills Matt Milano Jersey ," Mariota said of Williams' drop.The game was the second this season in which Succop has accounted for all of Tennessee's points. He hit three field goals in a 9-6 win at Jacksonville two weeks ago.Titans starting left tackle Taylor Lewan did not return after hurting his right foot in the second quarter.Lewan said he aggravated an injury from last season, and noted his foot was swollen last weekend. He said initial tests showed his foot wasn't broken, but added he'll have further tests on Monday."It shouldn't be a long-term thing," Lewan said. "I just didn't have any power and couldn't push off."Buffalo Bills fans can’t figure out their confidence level The Buffalo Bills were going to be a roller coaster in 2018, and nowhere is that more evident now than in the FanPulse polling data. Fans were down after the opener, when Nathan Peterman had a bad outing and we saw no hope. Then, Josh Allen entered and the hope increased, but another blowout left fans wondering. A win, then a shutout loss Rafael Bush Jersey , then another win... What are Bills fans thinking?Buffalo fans’ confidence spiked after the win over the Minnesota Vikings, pushing it up 30% to an in-season high of 73% of fans being confident in the direction of the Bills after their thorough beatdown of Minnesota. The Titans game, a low-scoring affair with only one touchdown against a suspect team, didn’t yield the same results.Fan confidence jumped 13% from 32 to 45 since last week. (Titans fans dropped 24% from 94 to 70. Sorry, not sorry.)Buffalo now faces the Houston Texans, whose fans think they will beat Buffalo by six points this week. Bills fans predict a one-point Houston win. The Texans fans aren’t very confident overall in their team though, with only 28% thinking they are heading in the right direction.




     



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