Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said the team heard all the noise and he described their victory over the Buffalo Bills as a "statement win." The Titans absolutely demolished the Bills 42-16 as their win came after having only three practices in 16 days.
Since September 24, 24 Titans players and team personnel members tested positive for the coronavirus. “What this team and organization has been through the past couple of weeks, to fight through it and shake it off, limited practice, limited reps, that makes a statement," Tannehill said after the game, per ESPN.
"We got a lot of heat. I didn't understand why we were under so much heat. Personal things were said against our team and our guys that were uncalled for. We were ticked off about how we were treated and looked at. We wanted to come out, play our game and do what we knew we could do.
This team always plays with a chip on our shoulder. We're excited about where we are at, being 4-0."
Tannehill outplayed Josh Allen
Titans quarterback Tannehill completed 21 of his 28 passes for 195 yards, threw three touchdowns and zero interceptions to lead his team to a 4-0 record.
Meanwhile, Bills quarterback Allen also threw two touchdown passes but he also had two costly interceptions. The Bills entered the game with high expectations since they won the opening four games of the season. "We got punched in the mouth and didn't respond like we should have ...
I didn't play well enough for our team to win tonight," Allen said, after failing to lead his team to a 5-0 record. After the Titans outbreak, the NFL and NFLPA launched an investigation into the team. The Titans were dealing with lots of adversity over the last few weeks.
"I'm never going to question this football team. I'm never going to question the effort," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "I'm never going to go into a game questioning how we're going to do. I expect us to win and play with great effort.
"You don't all of a sudden galvanize when things are bad. I think that's a testament to the players and what we've tried to build here. You don't always say, 'Oh, there's a s---storm. We better galvanize.'
You stay tight throughout, and you hope that the fundamentals and your core beliefs and core values take over when things get difficult."