What to watch for: Bills-Titans

Check out Sal's keys for a big game in the AFC playoff picture

Sal Capaccio
October 06, 2019 - 8:56 am

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After suffering their first loss of the season last week against the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills will try to rebound against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

These two teams matched up last week in the exact same spot - Week 5 in Orchard Park. Buffalo won that game 13-12 thanks to a game-winning Stephen Hauschka kick as time expired.

Here are three keys for this week's contest:

 

  • Mistake-free Mariota

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback in the league who has started four games and yet to give the ball away. In fact, he currently has the league’s longest active streak of passes without a pick (169), and the last time he threw an interception was December 6 of last year against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills are tied for second in the NFL with five interceptions. They are sixth in the league intercepting the ball at a 3.11% rate per-pass attempt. Something's gotta give.

 

  • The Josh Allen Experience

After definitely showing improvement and a nice trajectory from his rookie year through the first three games, Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a rough week last Sunday against the Patriots. He completed only 13-of-28 attempts for 153 yards and was intercepted three times before leaving the game with a head injury. On Saturday, he was cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to start in this one. How he bounces back will go a long way in determining if the Bills can move to 4-1.

 

  • Rock pounding

This game will feature the running back with the nint- most yards in the league (Derek Henry, 310) and 12th most yards (Frank Gore, 273). With the forecast calling for showers, especially as the day goes on, the running game for each team will become even more important, and both would love to establish it early. We will know Sunday if Devin Singletary is able to play for the Bills, but if so, he would be a big boost.

 

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