Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gailey: Lack of fundamentals culprit in Bills' loss

By Nick St. Denis

The Buffalo Bills were atop the league in takeaways in the first half of the season, but the Bills have been giving them all back since the bye week.

Giveaways haunted the Bills again Sunday, as they lost their fifth straight game, this time by a score of 23-17 against the Tennessee Titans.

Buffalo (5-7) fumbled the ball three times with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and tight end Scott Chandler losing one each. The Bills' defense forced one fumble of its own but was unable to recover it.

"The reason we lost was fundamentals," Bills coach Chan Gailey told the media after the game. "You gotta block, you gotta tackle, you gotta take care of the football. Those are things that happened to us in this game today that we didn't get the job done to win."

Titans running back Chris Johnson picked up 153 yards and two touchdowns -- including a 48-yard score -- to lead Tennessee's offense.

Bills tailback C.J. Spiller picked up 83 yards on 14 carries and also had a long touchdown run, which went for 35 yards.

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