Jordan Phillips helps boost sack department vs Tennessee

October 07, 2019 - 12:51 am
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After a four sack performance in the season opener vs the New York Jets, the Bills defense had just two in three weeks heading into their matchup with Tennessee. The defensive line and blitz packages were able to pressure opposing quarterbacks, but the defense was thriving more in other areas.

Led by DT Jordan Phillips, the flood gates opened on Titans QB Marcus Mariota who was sacked five times on Sunday. Phillips provided a much needed spark up the middle of the trench battle, finishing the day with three sacks.

The 27-year old interior lineman leads the team with four sacks on the season, a career high for the veteran.

"We have a great secondary and a great defensive line," Phillips said. "We all work together and I was the one that was able to get the sacks."

While the sixth-year DT was able to hit home more than any defender, for Phillips and the defense, the result is the only thing that matters.

"It's a team effort," Phillips said. "We don't care who gets it, the sacks, the tackles, as long as they get down and we get the win it doesn't matter."

Phillips has stepped into a key role after the season-ending injury to DT Harrison Phillips earlier in the season. His pass-rushing skills are crucial in removing a quarterbacks ability to move up through levels of the pocket.

"If you go back and look at my film I always have a good get off," Phillips said. "That is what I use to my advantage, I'm a big guy that can get off the ball and it gives people problems."

Along with Phillips, DE Darryl Johnson and LB Lorenzo Alexander also got in on the action, finishing with one sack a piece.

With the continued tight coverage in the secondary, a surge up front made things even more difficult for Mariota and the Titans who finished with just 183 yards through the air.

If the pass-rush can string together performances like the one Sunday, a top defensive unit in the NFL could get even better.

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