Six Things to Watch in Titans vs Bills on Sunday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field.

Here's a look at six things to watch:

Mariota Momentum

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota played his first complete game of the season against the Eagles, and it was a dandy. Mariota accounted for nearly 400 total yards, and he engineered a game-winning drive in overtime. His performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Even more significant: Mariota looked like himself again, throwing deep, and with accuracy all over the field. The Titans want to ride the momentum against the Bills.

Corey Davis Confidence

Speaking of momentum, second-year receiver Corey Davis had a breakout game against the Eagles, during a 161-yard receiving performance that was capped off with is game-winning catch. With his confidence now at an all-time high, opposing defenses will do more to try and slow him down. How will Davis handle the extra attention? There's no doubt Mariota will be looking for him now more than ever.

Pressure the Rookie QB

Bills quarterback Josh Allen is a special talent. He has a big arm, and he's already had some early success – he threw for 245 yards and a touchdown in his only career home start. Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees has done a nice job generating pressure over the first four games. He said this week it's important to try and disguise coverages to make things difficult on the young QB, but it's probably safe to say the Titans will be coming after him as well.

Harold Landry's Impact

To date, Titans rookie Harold Landry has just one sack to his name. But the edge rusher sure got everyone's attention with his sack and forced fumble of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday. Landry has four quarterback pressures in three games this season, and he's been in on eight tackles. The more he plays, the more comfortable he seems to get. Against the Bills, he'll look to make an impact once again.

Run Game

Titans running back Derrick Henry continues to be frustrated with his play. Sooner or later, a breakout game has to come, right? It won't be easy against the Bills, who are ranked 11th in the NFL in run defense. Henry and running back Dion Lewis will both get work against Buffalo. If the Titans are able to have some success running the ball against the Bills, it would open things up for the passing game.

Vrabel's Aggressiveness

Titans coach Mike Vrabel never wants it to be about him, but his approach has made him a prominent figure in a game he insists is won by players. The Titans lead the NFL in fourth down conversions and attempts, and some of them have come early in games, not just when it's been necessary at the end. He's called a fake punt, and been aggressive in the first quarter of the season. If the Titans win on Sunday, Vrabel would be the first coach in franchise history to start 4-1 since Bum Phillips did it in 1975.

Titans Online looks back at the all-time series against the Buffalo Bills. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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