Confident and rosy-eyed as Josh Allen might be

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[url=]LeSean McCoy Jerseys Stitched[/url] , the Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback understands he was going to take his fair share of lumps this season.Allen needed only to refer to the struggles Titans starter Marcus Mariota had in going 3-9 as a rookie in 2015."Sometimes you need to make those mistakes and you need to learn by trial and error, so that's what I'm doing now," Allen said, when asked about Mariota, as the Bills (1-3) get set to host Tennessee (3-1) on Sunday."We're getting better. I'm learning, I'm growing with every opportunity I get."It might not look that way yet for Allen, whose inconsistencies have been apparent since taking over midway through a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore.After taking one step forward in a 27-6 win at Minnesota, the seventh player selected in the draft took several backward in being sacked seven times during a three-turnover outing (two interceptions and a fumble) in a 22-0 loss at Green Bay last weekend.The 22-year-old remains undeterred of the steep learning curve he faces while overseeing an offense with a patchwork line, a sputtering ground game and a mostly unproven group of receivers."It doesn't scare me," Allen said. "I know where I want to be, and I've got a long way to improve, a long way to grow. And I'm looking forward to the entire process."Mariota might not be a finished product 3 years since being selected with the No. 2 pick. And yet he's overcome the challenges of working under his third head coach, Mike Vrabel, and third coordinator, Matt LaFleur, to have the Titans off to their best start since 2013 while coming off a season in which he led Tennessee to its first playoff victory in 14 years.He earned his fourth AFC offensive player of the week honor Wednesday after rallying the Titans from a 17-3 third-quarter deficit for a 26-23 overtime win over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Mariota capped his 11th career fourth-quarter/overtime game-winning drive with a 10-yard pass to Corey Davis with 5 seconds remaining.The Titans have won three straight, all by three-point margins, and Mariota has shaken off a season-opening hand injury to go 42 of 61 for 444 yards passing, with two touchdowns and an interception, along with a TD rushing.The production might not be eye-popping [url=]Youth Kyle Williams Jerseys[/url] , which led to Mariota shrugging off a question of the Titans playing a boring brand of offense."People can have those opinions. We can't control that," Mariota said. "All we can do is just focus on how we get better every single day, and hopefully continue to win games."PRESSURING ALLENTennessee already has 12 sacks and 48 quarterback pressures with nine Titans having at least one sack. They intend to continue applying pressure against Allen, who has been sacked a league-most 18 times."Every time he comes out there, we got to make sure in the back of his mind he knows it's possible there's going to be a chance he's probably going to be hit," Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said.STUCK IN NEUTRALThe Bills' once-prominent LeSean McCoy-led running attack has gone nowhere. McCoy, who missed one game with a rib injury, has 21 carries for 85 yards. "The coaches know I want to be involved," McCoy said. "We're just trying to figure it out. It's hard to get the ball a lot when we're getting penalties, we're getting first-and-15s, second-and-20s."Coach Sean McDermott can only sympathize with McCoy, saying: "I can understand why he's frustrated."TRAP GAMEThe Titans remember the previous time they went on the road while sitting atop the AFC South. Last December, they lost consecutive games at Arizona and San Francisco to cost themselves the division title and a home playoff game. "I do remember those, and we never want that to ever happen again," linebacker Brian Orakpo said.The Bills are the one team with a losing record Tennessee will face through the first two months this season, sandwiched between last week's win against Philadelphia and a visit on Oct. 14 from Baltimore (3-1).INJURIESThe Titans will be without starting safety Kenny Vaccaro (right elbow). So Kendrick Lewis is expected to start alongside All-Pro safety Kevin Byard. The Bills' depth at safety could be tested with starter Micah Hyde's status questionable with a groin injury and backup Rafael Bush nursing a shoulder injury.BAD BILLSTake away a four-quarter stretch spanning the second half of a 31-20 loss to the Chargers and the first half against Minnesota, and Buffalo has been outscored 106-9. The Bills haven't scored a TD in a span of 102 minutes and 14 seconds, since Allen's 1-yard run early in the second quarter against Vikings.AP Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. In 2017 [url=]Kyle Williams Jerseys Stitched[/url] , when the Buffalo Bills snapped their 17-year playoff drought, strong and consistent play on special teams played a major role in Buffalo posting a 9-7 record. On Sunday, in a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans, in a game the Bills had every right to win, the Bills were done in by bad performances on special teams. Danny Crossman, Buffalo’s special teams coach since 2013, is going to have a lot of explaining to do for a unit that gift-wrapped 10 points to a Texans squad that struggled to move the ball against a stout Bills defense. The special teams started off slowly and only got progressively worse as the game moved along. Rookie Ray-Ray McCloud III botched the opening kickoff before the Bills fell on the loose ball, setting the stage for an ominous performance by the special teams. It wouldn’t be McCloud’s last blunder, either, and his next miscue cost the Bills dearly. After the Buffalo defense forced a punt, the Bills appeared set to take over with decent field position. But McCloud — who signaled for a fair catch — muffed the punt and Houston recovered at the Buffalo 29-yard line. Five plays later, the Texans had a 7-0 lead. Instead of Buffalo being set up with good field position, the defense was forced back onto the field, and Deshaun Watson made the Bills pay for their mistake with a 13-yard TD strike to DeAndre Hopkins. The Buffalo offense continued to stall early in the second quarter, bringing out Corey Bojorquez for a punt at the Buffalo 47-yard line, But the Texans bull-rushed from the left side of the line, allowing Tyrell Adams to get a hand on the punt and once again set up a Houston score off of the turnover. On the fateful blocked punt, the Texans lined up five rushers on the left side of the line, leaving the Bills four men plus long snapper Reid Ferguson to block the rush. Tight end Logan Thomas failed to block Adams, who got good penetration up the middle [url=]Youth Doug Flutie Jerseys[/url] , resulting in the blocked punt and a huge momentum swing. The Texans capitalized on good field position (they returned the blocked punt to the Buffalo 21-yard line) and seized a 10-0 lead on Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 33-yard field goal. The Bills battled back and eventually took a 13-10 lead on a 16-yard TD pass from Nathan Peterman to Zay Jones, but the lead would be short-lived. Houston knotted the score at 13 on a 27-yard field goal from Fairbairn, and on the ensuing possession, Peterman woefully underthrew Kelvin Benjamin on a curl route, and Johnathan Joseph was there for the 28-yard pick-six, putting the Texans ahead 20-13 with 1:23 remaining. The Bills did have one last chance to force overtime, but again, the special teams unit committed a costly blunder. The Texans had been penalized 15 yards and forced to kickoff from their own 20 following an unsportsmanlike penalty, but on the ensuing kickoff, Taiwan Jones muffed the kick at the 9-yard line and never had a chance to set Peterman up with a long return. Instead, Buffalo took over at its own 13 before Peterman tossed his second interception to seal Buffalo’s fate. As if the miscues fielding kickoffs and punts weren’t enough, the special teams unit also committed two holding penalties (on Deon Lacey and Siran Neal) and an offsides penalty on Andre Holmes at the start of the second half. Last year, Buffalo’s special teams improved 17 spots from 2016 and finished seventh in columnist Rick Gosselin’s annual NFL special teams rankings. The Bills were one of nine teams to not allow a kick to be blocked. This year, the unit has taken significant steps backwards and is on pace for the worst season by efficiency score since the statistic was first tracked in 2006. The Bills, featuring a stagnant offense that has struggled scoring points all season long, rode another great performance by the defense on Sunday and had a chance to even their record at .500 and get back to 2-2 in AFC play in Houston. Instead, while the back-breaking interceptions from Peterman will draw much of the ire from Bills fans for this frustrating loss, don’t let the special teams off the hook for the role they played in the setback. Outside of strong performances from kicker Stephen Hauschka and (more often than not) solid punting from Bojorquez, this unit has disappointed more often than not in 2018.

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