If the Titans play as well as they did a week ago Thursday, they should have a great shot Sunday when they head to Buffalo to take on the streaky Bills, who are 3-3.
After giving up 97 points and 1,201 yards in their previous two games – the most by an NFL team since the New York Yanks gave up 1,227 in 1950 – Buffalo allowed 332 yards and avoided a third straight defeat last Sunday with a 19-16 overtime victory at Arizona.
“We were away from the distractions and it was just us here in Arizona,” said Jarius Byrd, the AFC defensive player of the week. “It was a chance for us to soul search, get corrected what we needed to get corrected without the distractions of being at home. It was great for us mentally.”
The Titans played their best game of 2012 vs the Steelers at home a week ago Thursday, overcoming a fourth quarter deficit vs the Steelers and winning on the games final play 26-23.
Buffalo will look to put pressure on Titans starter Matt Hasselbeck, who has been sacked quite a bit recently. In the last two games, Titans QB’s have gone down nine times.
Hasselbeck was sacked three times in a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, but the veteran quarterback threw for 290 yards.
The Titans have to feel good about Chris Johnson rushing for 91 yards against the Steelers. Tennessee ranks last in the NFL in rushing with 70.2 yards per game and Johnson is running for a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry.
Buffalo, though, has given up 740 rushing yards and seven TDs on the ground in its last three contests.
The Bills have been streaky, playing a good game, then a bad one. The Titans have a lot of motivation after the win over the Steelers, and I think the veteran Hasselbeck throws them to a big win here.
Tennessee 17 Buffalo 14