NASHVILLE – The Titans let one get away on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
And they have no one to blame but themselves.
“It’s super frustrating,” Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said after the team’s 14-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills. “We tried to put together a game on both sides of the ball, and we just couldn’t get it together. We couldn’t make enough plays.”
Members of the offense put the loss on them. No one was arguing with that conclusion, although kicker Cairo Santos also spent post-game beating himself up as well.
The Titans scored just one touchdown on Sunday and squandered too many chances. Four missed field goals by Santos didn’t help the cause, but pass protection was also shaky once again and too many drives stalled in the red zone.
The Titans also racked up eight penalties for 60 yards, including several that came at inopportune times.
“We feel like we shot ourselves in the foot over and over again like we did in other losses,” tackle Jack Conklin said. “And we have to get that fixed. We knew they were a physical defense and give them credit – it looks like they were more physical than us today. We have to be better.
“The defense played great – we let them down.”
In a defensive slugfest, the Titans simply didn’t land enough punches.
And they eventually got knocked out.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 13-of-22 passes for 183 yards against the Bills, but he was sacked five times.
Running back Derrick Henry ran for 78 yards on 20 carries, including a one-yard touchdown run.
But it wasn’t enough as the Bills left Nissan Stadium with a win. With the loss, the Titans fell to 2-3.
“When it comes down to it, out defense is playing outstanding,” Mariota said. “And we just have to play better complementary football.”
It was part of a frustrating day for the Titans, and the team’s fans.