ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – A week ago, the Titans were flying high following a win over the defending Super Bowl champs.
On Sunday, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and the offense left here full of frustration following a mistake-filled day in a 13-12 loss to the Bills.
“We left one out there today,” Mariota said. “We can’t turn the ball over as an offense. The defense played great – they’ve played outstanding through the year. We have to do a better job of playing complimentary football.
“It is the nature of the beast, man. This is the business we play. If you are not ready to play, it doesn’t matter who you are playing, you are not going to be able to put forth your best effort and (you) ultimately lose the game.”
Mariota completed 14-of-26 passes for 129 yards, with an interception.
The Titans turned the ball over three times in the game.
Receiver Taywan Taylor and running back Dion Lewis lost fumbles that were recovered by the Bills.
The Titans also had a key drop by receiver Nick Williams in the fourth quarter.
Williams made no excuses after the game.
“Marcus made a great play keeping the play alive, scrambling,” Williams said. “He threw a great pass -- that’s all on me. One-hundred percent, that’s pro ball. Quarterbacks throw it, receivers catch it. You have to make that play.”
The Titans picked up just 221 yards in the contest, and 15 first downs. Receiver Corey Davis led the Titans with four catches for 49 yards, while receivers Tajae Sharpe and Taylor each had three catches for 30 yards.
The Titans managed 100 yards on the ground, with running back Derrick Henry leading the way with 56 yards.
“Just knowing we kind of beat ourselves from the beginning of the game – we kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Sharpe said. “This is the NFL – you can’t take any games off. We came out and and started slow. It all falls on our shoulders, and we have to come in tomorrow and clean things up and get ready for next week.”
While the Titans were 6-of-12 on third down, the team didn’t take care of business in the red zone.
Kicker Ryan Succop provided all the points in the game.
“You can’t kick field goals and think you are going to win the game,” Mariota said. “We have to be better. We have to be a lot better.”
The Tennessee Titans take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at New Era Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at New Era Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)