Despite not playing a game in over two weeks due to ongoing positive COVID-19 tests, the Tennessee Titans manhandled the undefeated Buffalo Bills 42-16 Tuesday night. While the Titans took care of business, the New York Jets made moves of their own, releasing running back Le’Veon Bell.
Although their roster had been completely decimated following the league’s first coronavirus outbreak, the Titans put together an impressive performance on national television. While quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, it was the Titans defense that made the difference.
Malcolm Butler intercepted two passes, returning the second one 68 yards. Both picks set up short touchdowns for Tannehill. Fellow cornerback Kareem Orr recovered a kickoff fumble to set up Tannehill’s fourth touchdown. The Bills’ three turnovers lead to 21 Titans’ points — surpassing the Bills’ full game total of 16.
After the game, Tannehill told reporters the Titans’ dominating win over the Bills made a statement that all NFL teams should take note of.
“What this organization has been through over the past couple weeks to really fight through all of that, shake it all off, really limited practice, limited reps and go out and put this kind of win together,” Tannehill said.
The Titans are one of just four NFL teams that are still undefeated heading into Week 6, joining the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks.
The New York Jets announced Tuesday night that the team has released running back Le’Veon Bell. The surprise decision came just hours after reports indicated the team was trying to trade Bell ahead of this year’s deadline.
“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon,” general manager Joe Douglas.
“The organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.”
In 2019, Bell left the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets after sitting out the entire 2018 season. During his time in Pittsburgh, he surpassed 5,300 rushing yards and 2,600 receiving yards.
As a member of the Jets, Bell only played a total of 17 games through approximately a season and a half. During that time, he rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets, who are 0-5 and nowhere close to playoff contention, will move forward with Frank Gore and Lamical Perine in the backfield.