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Report Card: Buffalo Bills' Defense Makes Grade in Win over Tennessee Titans

Buffalo keeps Tennessee's skill player in check, allows no touchdowns, in last-second win


Passing Game: Rookie Josh Allen didn't accomplish much in the air, going 10 for 19 for 82 yards and an interception. He had several poor throws to open receivers. He did escape without a sack and stayed within himself. He's learning. Grade: C-

Running Game: The Bills finally mad a strong commitment and were rewarded. LeSean McCoy had 85 yards rushing, matching his season total going into the game. Chris Ivory was a beast on the final drive. They had 39 yards rushing last week, 128 yards rushing this week. Grade: B+

Offensive Line: The much-maligned unit had its best game of the season. McCoy had room in the running game, and Allen had time in the pocket. The Bills had only 223 yards, but blocking wasn't the issue. Grade: A

Wide Receivers: Zay Jones finally made a few catches that mattered and finished with three catches for 20 yards. Kelvin Benjamin had one catch for 11 yards. They still don't get open enough, but both were victims of Allen being off-target. Grade: C-


Passing Game: Marcus Mariota was neutralized early never found his rhythm while completing 14 of 26 passes for 129 yards after picking apart the Eagles for 344 yards a week earlier. Newbie Dean Marlowe stepped in and played a solid game. Taron Johnson, who had an interception, continues to impress.Grade: A

Running Game: Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis combined for 90 yards on the ground, but they needed 23 carries. Take away their longest runs of 14 and 15 yards, respectively, and they had 61 yards on 21 carries. Grade: A

Linebackers: Rookie Tremaine Edmunds continues to get better. He had eight tackles and forced Mariota into throwing the ball away. Matt Milano bounced back from a sub-par performance in Green Bay to lead the Bills with 10 stops. Grade: B

Defensive Line: Jerry Hughes should have bee given credit for a sack with Mariota in his grasp and, fearing new roughing-the-passer rules, let him slip away. Trent Murphy, Star Letulelei and Kyle Williams had good pressure up front and were solid against the run. Grade: B+