The Buffalo Bills continued their electrical begin to the brand new season on Monday night time – beating the Tennessee Titans 41-7 – however the night was marred by a scary-looking harm to one among their defenders.
Bills cornerback Dane Jackson was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after struggling a neck harm throughout a collision with a teammate close to the tip of the primary half.
Jackson’s neck bent backwards awkwardly after colliding with Tremaine Edmunds whereas making a sort out late within the first half. He was positioned on a stretcher earlier than being loaded into an ambulance and brought to the hospital.
In a press release, the Bills stated Jackson was “taken to ECMC (Hospital) for evaluation of a neck injury” the place he would get a CT scan and an X-ray. The workforce additionally stated he had “full movement in extremities.”
On Tuesday morning, Buffalo introduced Jackson had been launched from the hospital and was present process additional analysis. The Bills stated “there was no major injury to his neck or spinal cord.”
Jackson’s harm was one of many few negatives to what was a particularly fruitful Monday night time for the Bills as they thrashed the Titans.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns – together with three to Stefon Diggs and one to Reggie Gilliam – as he dissected the Titans.
On the opposite facet of the ball, the Bills protection managed to stifle Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and the Titans offense.
Though Henry was capable of rating an opening-drive landing, the 2020 Offensive Participant of the 12 months wasn’t capable of actually get going in opposition to a stout run protection.
Each Matt Milano and Jordan Poyer intercepted Tannehill – with Milano working his again 43 yards for a landing – as Buffalo compelled 4 turnovers to maintain their foot on the pedal.
Such was the extent of dominance, each groups launched their back-up quarterbacks close to the tip of the sport to keep away from injuring their starters.
The connection between Allen and Diggs has proved pivotal within the Bills’ rise to the highest as many individuals’s Tremendous Bowl favorites, with Diggs ending Monday night time with 12 receptions for 148 yards and the three TDs.
After a dynamic recreation within the season-opening victory in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams final week, Diggs grew to become the primary NFL participant since Steve Smith in 2007 with not less than 250 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns in his workforce’s first two video games of a season.
And Allen – who leads the NFL with eight touchdowns after two weeks – stated he’s loving enjoying with such a talented extensive receiver.
“It felt good getting him the ball early and often. He did a great job getting open, making plays, making some great catches,” Allen stated after the sport.
“He is what he is: it’s Stefon Diggs. We know he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, receivers in the game right now. I trust him implicitly.”
The Bills at the moment are 2-0 and nonetheless among the many favorites to problem for a Tremendous Bowl berth whereas the Titans – who had been the No. 1 seed within the AFC convention final 12 months – stay winless.