Monday Night Football Recap: Bills, Eagles dominate on both sides of the ball in front of raucous home crowds

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Adrian Kraus/AP/Shutterstock (13403804o) Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to throw a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Orchard Park, N.Y Titans Bills Football, Orchard Park, United States – 19 Sep 2022

Monday Night Football Recap: Bills, Eagles dominate on both sides of the ball in front of raucous home crowds

Bills 41, Titans 7

The Buffalo Bills are considered the favorite by experts and fans alike to win the Super Bowl, and they’ve now shown why in two consecutive weeks against playoff teams from last year. Highmark Stadium was buzzing well before the action began on Monday, as former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly egged on the crowd pregame – and the Bills responded immediately. Buffalo grabbed control with a touchdown on their opening drive, and continued to pour it on for a 41-7 lead by the time the third quarter ended. Stefon Diggs went off, scoring three touchdowns while recording 148 receiving yards – all without playing a snap in the fourth quarter. 

The Bills’ defense had another banner day as well, holding Tennessee to fewer than 150 total yards of offense before the starters exited the game on both sides to start the fourth quarter. In stark contrast to the matchup a year ago, Derrick Henry could not get anything going against the Bills’ front seven. Henry averaged less than two yards per carry, totaling 25 yards before his exit in the second half. Buffalo’s defense has now forced 7 turnovers over the first two games of the season, more than any team in the NFL through two weeks. 

The Bills will face adversity at some point, but so far are turning the 2022 season into a nonstop party in Orchard Park. Titans’ fans can’t relate, and will be in desperate need of a win next week when they return home against another desperate team in the Las Vegas Raiders. 

Next Week: Buffalo: at Miami, Tennessee: vs Las Vegas

Eagles 24 , Vikings 7

Philadelphia’s home opener on Monday Night Football was one of only four Week 2 matchups between 1-0 teams, following a shootout win in Detroit for the Eagles and an impressive blowout of Green Bay by the Vikings. Philadelphia looked the part of a division winner, an outcome which has become the expectation following Dak Prescott’s injury in Dallas. The Eagles dominated the game in the trenches, and Jalen Hurts put forth an incredibly efficient and effective performance to bury a Vikings defense that looked a lot more impressive a week ago. Hurts finished the game 26 of 31 passing for 333 yards, and added 57 rushing yards to boot. He’d finish the game with three total touchdowns, and a single interception coming on a tipped pass off the fingertips of Kenneth Gainwell. 

The Eagles’ defense made a Minnesota offense full of elite skill players look pedestrian, pressuring Kirk Cousins into uncomfortable throws all night. Cousins was intercepted four times, twice by veteran corner Darius Slay – putting an end to several otherwise promising drives. Philadelphia would outgain Minnesota by more than 200 yards on the night, a margin that was closer to 300 before the Vikings’ garbage time drive to end it. Through two weeks, Philly looks like a legitimate contender to make noise in the playoffs – Minnesota, on the other hand, remains a difficult team to define. 
Next Week: Philadelphia: at Washington, Minnesota: vs Detroit

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