Week 7: Bills vs. Titans
The Bills come back home after their West coast trip for their first game against a team with a losing record since week 3. The Bills will be looking for a victory to get above .500 and stay tied atop the division heading into their bye.
Sunday, Oct. 21st
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (3-3) vs. Tennessee (2-4)
||Ralph Wilson Stadium
||Network: CBS; DirecTV: 709; Sirius: 93
||Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
||Bills by 3½
||Titans lead 27-16 (Bills 2-1 in playoffs)
||Titans won 4
||Titans 23-17 in Buffalo (2011)
||Rush (32nd); Pass (15th); overall (26th)
||Rush (24th); Pass (29th); overall (28th)
||Rush (5th); Pass (29th); overall (21st)
||Rush (32nd); Pass (20th); overall (31st)
The Bills are really banged up along the offensive linemen. Starters Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik remain sidelined with ankle injuries suffered in the loss to the Patriots. Backup Chad Rinehart missed time against San Francisco and in practice last week with a calf injury. Rinehart will play and Urbik has a chance to be back. Spencer Johnson has a chance at returning from an ankle injury as well. Mark Anderson remains out with a knee injury. Kyle Williams is slowed with an ankle injury but should play. Da'Norris Searcy has an ankle injury and will be questionable at best for this week.
The Titans will be without QB Jake Locker again. He has missed the last two games with a separated shoulder in his non-throwing arm. CB Tommie Campbell is sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in their win over Pittsburgh. DT Jurrell Casey is battling a shoulder injury but should play Sunday. LB Colin McCarthy has missed practice time with an ankle injury as has backup RB Jason Ringer with a knee injury.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
LB Bryan Scott vs. TE Jared Cook:
Scott will likely get the big tight end who has 23 receptions on the year.
DE Mario Williams vs. RT David Stewart:
Super Mario is coming off his best game of the season and needs to build on that against another offensive line that gives up sacks in bunches. Stewart is a capable veteran.
CB Aaron Williams vs. WR Kenny Britt:
Williams is losing playing time thanks to his poor play so this may be Terrence McGee against Britt who is now healthy and back playing excellent football. He can be a difference maker in this game for Tennessee.
RT Erik Pears vs. DE Derrick Morgan:
The Titans left end has two sacks and goes against Pears who is having the weakest season on the offensive line for the Bills.
WR Stevie Johnson vs. CB Jason McCourty:
Johnson gets open and gets a lot of balls thrown his way but he has not been in sync with Fitzpatrick who has thrown inaccurately all season to Stevie. This needs to be the week that they get together as McCourty leads a weak pass defense.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Get Fitz Going: If Ryan Fitzpatrick is ever going to get hot this is the week for it. The Titans have the highest QB rating against in the league. Opposing QBs have a 71% completion percentage and 13 TDs to just 4 interceptions against them.
2. Score Early And Often: If the first key comes to fruition than that will help this key succeed as well. The Titans have given up the most points in the league. They have given up more than 30 points in every game this year with the exception of last week when the Steelers were "held" to 23.
3. Win The CJ Battle: Which CJ will play better? The Bills C.J. Spiller will split time with Fred Jackson but he really needs to get the majority of the carries and has done very well even in a split role. Chris Johnson has struggled for the 2nd straight year after having a 2,000 yard season in 2009. His numbers continue to drop but his best game last year was against the Bills and the run defense isn't any better as it ranks dead last right now. He also has had his two best games of the season in the last three weeks.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
This is the Bills only home game in a span of six weeks and it is against the weakest opponent in that span. If they want to be considered contenders for a playoff spot they have to win this game and I think they will:
Bills 23, Titans 13
Season Prediction Record: (4-2)
Season Record Against The Spread: (3-3)
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