Five Tennessee Titans to watch against the Buffalo Bills The Buffalo Bills play host to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in yet another matchup that looks daunting for Buffalo. Of the Bills’ first five opponents Womens Jason Croom Jersey , only the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) are not above .500 currently. If the Bills are going to pull off an upset victory this Sunday, they will need to control Tennessee’s key players throughout the matchup, something they were unable to do last week when the Green Bay Packers dismantled them at Lambeau Field. The Titans have a solid young core of skill players that will present unique challenges for the Bills’ defense.Here are the five Titans players we’ll be watching this weekend.QB Marcus MariotaThe franchise quarterback in Tennessee has had a better career so far than Jameis Winston, his fellow NFL Draft Class of 2015 alumnus, but Mariota has still had his ups and downs over his three-plus years in the league. He is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing arm that has caused parts of his throwing hand to go numb, which obviously has made throwing the ball more difficult. In his first two outings this year, he combined to complete 21-of-34 passes for only 203 yards and 2 interceptions. Last week, in a 26-23 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mariota went off, completing 30-of-43 passes for 330 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He added 10 rushes for 46 yards and another score on the ground. If Mariota’s ulnar nerve issue is subsiding, or if he is just learning to manage it, he could continue to flourish. In order for the Titans to advance farther than they did last season http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jordan-mills-jersey , Mariota will need to continue to perform like he did last week. If Buffalo wants to upset Tennessee this week, they’ll need to make sure that doesn't happen.RB Dion LewisWhile neither Lewis nor bruising tailback Derrick Henry have averaged more than 3.3 yards per carry on the season, it’s Lewis whose talents as a receiver make me the most worried this week. Lewis is a slippery pass-catcher out of the backfield, and he can cause problems for even the most seasoned linebackers. Rookie Tremaine Edmunds will have to combine with second-year man Matt Milano in corralling Lewis whenever the scat-back is on the field. He has caught 18 passes this season on 21 targets, totaling 116 yards receiving in addition to his 143 rushing yards. WR Corey DavisThe big second-year man out of Western Michigan caught his first career touchdown pass last week, a game-winner in overtime against the Eagles. After missing five games during his rookie year due to injury and struggling with inconsistent play, the young Titan is showing why the team drafted him fifth overall in 2017. Davis made 34 catches in his rookie season, totaling 375 yards in the process. In 2018, he already has 22 receptions for 312 yards and 1 touchdown. Tre’Davious White will need to have a solid performance against the 6’3” Davis, one that looks more like his day against Stefon Diggs than his afternoon against Davante Adams. DT Jurrell CaseyThe big defensive tackle leads the Titans in sacks this season with 3, and he already has 19 combined tackles through 4 games. With favorable matchups against all three of Buffalo’s offensive linemen, Casey should be salivating about adding to that sack total. Throw in quarterback Josh Allen’s inability to diagnose blitz packages properly and the Bills could be in for a long day if they don’t contain number 99 on Sunday.KR Darius JenningsThe backup wide receiver only has had two chances to return a kickoff this season, but he converted one of them into a 94-yard touchdown in Tennessee’s 27-20 loss on opening day against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills would be wise to have kicker Stephen Hauschka boot the ball out of the end zone each time he has the opportunity this weekend. The Buffalo Bills (2-6) have little time to recover from Monday night’s 25-6 loss to their bitter rivals, the New England Patriots (6-2) Authentic Tremaine Edmunds Jersey , in Week 8. Buffalo must turn around on a short week and prepare to face a top-10 defense and a first-place squad in the Chicago Bears (4-3), who (while they are in first place) are—like Buffalo—in a bit of tailspin.While the Bills have dropped three straight games, the Bears have lost two of their last three (including a 38-31 shootout loss to the Patriots) following a 3-1 start. On the latest edition of the new and improved Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fans Podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by Robert Zeglinski from Windy City Gridiron to preview Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eastern clash at New Era Field. We have everything you need to know to get ready for the game—Buffalo’s second in six days. Boccacino and Zeglinski provided their keys to the game, which has Buffalo opening up as a 10-point home underdog vs. the Bears. Hear what our podcast duo had to say about the game.Among the topics covered on the podcast: the health status of LB Khalil Mack; what Buffalo can do to harass QB Mitchell Trubisky; the state of the Bears’ offensive line with the recent injury to guard Kyle Long; and how Buffalo can attack the Bears’ secondary. A big challenge for the Bills will be getting pressure on Trubisky. When Trubisky feels pressure, he is more apt to throw interceptions. While his numbers (64.6% completions, 1,814 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions) look good, Zeglinski said Trubisky has been a much better quarterback in the second half of games this year. The Bills will have to contain running backs Tarik Cohen (224 rushing yards, 5.2 yards per rush; with 30 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns) and Jordan Howard (392 rushing yards, 3.5 yards per rush; with 11 receptions for 87 yards), along with a passing attack fueled by Cohen, Taylor Gabriel (34 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns) Authentic Kelvin Benjamin Jersey , Trey Burton (27 catches for 343 yards with four touchdowns), and Allen Robinson (25 catches for 285 yards and two touchdowns). Defensively, Mack’s status is up in the air, but Zeglinski doesn’t expect the all-world pass rusher to suit up. The Bears will still look to get pressure on quarterback Nathan Peterman without Mack. Look for Buffalo’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to continue to mix up the play calls (more Wildcat, direct snaps, and shots downfield) to try and counter an aggressive Bears defense that has 20 sacks and 11 interceptions this year. Our experts offered up their score predictions for the game—Buffalo’s first true home game vs. Da Bears in Western New York since Sept. 29, 2002. In that game, Travis Henry caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe just 1:58 into overtime to lift Buffalo to a 33-27 win. Neither expert predicts the offense to match the output from that day, with both calling for the Bears to hold off the Bills at New Era Field. Check out our Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fan Podcastfor answers to these questions and score predictions from our experts!SoundCloud | iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | Podbay | Podfanatic |Subscribe, rate, and review our Buffalo Rumblings podcast now and leave your comments below. You can also download an MP3 version of the podcast by signing up for a free account at SoundCloud. We’re looking for feedback and want to hear from you!
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