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Diggs scores 3 touchdowns for Bills in Titans 41-7 rout

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes, including three to Stefon Diggs, and the Buffalo Bills beat Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans 41-7 in their home opener Monday night.

The Bills followed a season-opening 31-10 rout of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams by strangling an opponent who has been their nemesis in each of the past two seasons. Fullback Reggie Gilliam and linebacker Matt Milano, with a 43-yard interception return, also scored touchdowns for Buffalo.

Allen passed for 300 passing yards for the 15th time in his career, completing 26 of 38 attempts for 317 yards, and missing the entire fourth quarter. Diggs had 12 catches for 148 yards. He passed 100 yards in each of his first two games, a feat previously accomplished for the Bills only by Hall of Famer Andre Reed.

The Bills have topped 30 points twice after doing it nine times last year. And their defense limited Tennessee to 182 rushing yards and 12 first downs, while recording two sacks and forcing four turnovers.

The Titans, after a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants, opened 0-2 for the first time since 2012.

Two-time defending champions AFC South face many questions about a defense that gave up 313 passing yards a week after allowing 238 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Henry and their attack continue to sputter.

The two-time rushing champion was limited to 25 yards on 13 carries while scoring on a 2-yard dive.

Injuries have plagued both teams, with the most serious involving Bills cornerback Dane Jackson, who injured his neck in a troubling collision with a teammate and was taken to hospital for evaluation. The Bills said Jackson had full movement in his limbs.

Otherwise, two-time defending AFC East champion Bills continued to cause a stir in his second consecutive prime-time appearance, while easing frustrations from the past, including a 42-16 loss to Tennessee in 2020.

Still stung by memories of Allen stuffed with no gain on fourth down near the goal line in the dying seconds of last season’s 34-31 loss in which Buffalo squandered a seven-point fourth-quarter lead, the Bills scored in their opener. drive and never looked back.

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