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Three Things to Watch: Bills vs Titans

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From V-Ry the Sports Guy, photo courtesy of the NFL

Orchard Park – In week 2 of the NFL season, the Buffalo Bills (1-0) take on the Tennessee Titans (0-1) at home on Monday Night Football. The Bills are coming off of a convincing 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, while the Titans are reeling following a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to the New York Giants. The Bills have dropped the last two contests against the Titans, including a gut-wrenching 34-31 loss last season.

Containing King Henry

Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry has run wild on the Bills defense in the last two matchups. Last season when the two teams met, Henry went off for 143 yards on the ground and 3 rushing touchdowns, including one of 76 yards. The Bills defensive line is much improved from last season with defensive ends that can set the edge and defensive tackles that can stuff the run. The Bills defense will definitely be tested by Henry who is a powerful downhill runner with incredible size for the position and a nasty stiff-arm.

Get Your Motor Running 

The Bills were efficient running the ball against the Rams but quarterback Josh Allen was the leading rusher. Running back Devin Singletary is primed for a big game and should get 15-20 touches. The Bills have the opportunity to exploit a porous Titans run defense if they can commit to the ground game. The Titans defense was gashed for 238 yards rushing by the Giants in their week 1 loss.

Avoiding the Rush

The Titans will be without their best edge rusher Harold Landry for the season. However, the team still boasts an impressive pass rush with Bud Dupree coming off the edge and Jeffrey Simmons dominating on the inside. Simmons had 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries against the Giants. Pro Football Focus gave Simmons a 93 overall performance grade to go along with a pass rushing grade of 91.6 for the week.

What to Watch 

The Bills host the Titans on Monday Night Football (7:15 PM ESPN). The Bills come into the game as heavy favorites (-9.5). The Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football as well (8:15 PM ABC).

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