The Bills have had the Titans number over the years in their home stadium. Will they be able to complete a revenge trifecta when Buffalo travels to Tennessee this week?
The “bills football” is a question that asks if the Bills can complete their revenge trifecta against the Titans. The Bills will be looking to win their first game since 2008 and they’ve never beaten the Titans in Tennessee.
15th of October, 2021
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg
NEW YORK’S ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills are on a vengeance mission.
Talking to the players and coaches reveals nothing, and it’s not something that’s openly recognized. However, in the weeks coming up to the Bills’ Week 7 bye, the club will face opponents who have faced the team in the previous two seasons.
So far, the retaliation has been wonderful.
The Bills will face their next challenge on Monday when they travel to Nashville (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN). Last year, Buffalo was trounced 42-16 at Nissan Stadium, putting an end to a perfect 4-0 start to the season.
It will also be an effort to obliterate the memory of a specific stiff-arm delivered by Titans running back Derrick Henry to former Bills CB Josh Norman.
If you’re going to go after Derrick Henry, you’d best come prepared.
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Coach Sean McDermott remarked, “I believe we are reminded [of the game] every time I watch highlights.” “When I watch that play, I think to myself, ‘Look, give them credit.’” They outplayed us, outcoached us, and excelled us.”
Is it different this time? Things might be different in the future.
The Houston Texans were the first team on the Bills’ vengeance list this season. In the wild-card round of the 2019 playoffs, the Bills were defeated by the Texans. The floundering Texans were blasted out 40-0 by Buffalo in Week 4 in a story of two teams that have gone in opposite ways since that game.
The Bills then traveled to Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday night for a significant rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game and a regular-season defeat in 2020. The Bills won 38-20, their first victory against Patrick Mahomes, and Buffalo emerged from the game as the AFC’s, if not the whole NFL’s, team to beat.
The Bills (4-1) are on top of the league in more ways than one, with quarterback Josh Allen surpassing Mahomes and the defense stifling a potent Chiefs offense.
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bills lead the NFL in both scoring offense and defense through Week 5, making them the fourth club since the merger in 1970 to do so (2006 Chicago Bears, 1997 New England Patriots and 1995 Miami Dolphins). They also have a plus-11 turnover differential and a plus-108 point margin.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Buffalo currently has a 57.6 percent probability of winning the AFC (FPI).
This season, the Titans have seen two games go to overtime, winning one against the Seahawks and losing the other against the New York Jets on the road. The Titans have allowed the third-fewest running yards in the NFL (167.8), while the Bills have allowed the third-fewest passing yards (78.4).
Last year, the Titans ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns in this matchup. Getting the ball on short fields was a significant part of that offense’s success. To the Titans’ zero turnovers, Buffalo turned the ball over three times. As a consequence, four of the Titans’ six touchdown drives began in Buffalo territory.
Winning games against other AFC division leaders, like as the Titans, is crucial to keeping the conference lead. Fortunately for Buffalo, things on the road have been going well lately. Since the start of the 2020 season, Allen has won eight starts away at Highmark Stadium, which is tied for second in the NFL. Over that same period, only Mahomes (nine) has won more games.
Furthermore, the Bills’ schedule includes several winnable games.
The Bills have the second-easiest remaining schedule, according to FPI. Buffalo’s bye week will be followed by games against the Dolphins, Jaguars, and two Jets.
In each of the previous three seasons, the Titans and Bills have played, with Buffalo winning two of the three games. With starting linebacker Matt Milano a limited participant in the first practice of the week due to a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Kansas City game, the Bills will be in good shape for the matchup.
Even if this game doesn’t have the same weight or storyline as last week’s game against the Chiefs, the chance to keep things going in the right way against another AFC opponent is an important one.
“If you go back at last year and try to figure out why we lost, there are a million reasons,” wide receiver Stefon Diggs said. “You can make all the excuses you want, but they played better on Tuesday than we did.” Moving forward from last week, all we have to do now is go in with the correct mentality.”
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