Buffalo Bills Week 6 Opponent Preview: Tennessee Titans

In Week 5, the Buffalo Bills extended their winning streak to four games when they dominated the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. The Bills have again established themselves as one of the league’s best teams, and will head to Nissan Stadium in Week 6 to take on the Tennessee Titans.

Buffalo Bills’ All-Time Record vs Tennessee:

The Buffalo Bills are 19-29 all-time against the Titans/Oilers. Each team has an iconic win over the other. Buffalo completed the largest comeback in NFL history against the then Oilers in the 1993 Wild Card Round, and the Titans beat the Bills in the 2000 Wild Card Round on the Music City Miracle.

In more recent meetings, the Bills had taken three straight games from the Titans prior to 2020. The average margin of victory for the Buffalo Bills in those games was just three points. In two of those games, Buffalo won by just one point. The Bills and Titans have played close, low scoring games in recent years.

In Buffalo’s three game winning streak over the Titans from 2015-2019, the Bills did not score more than 14 points in any of those games. The Bills are 4-8 against the Titans since they moved to Tennessee.

Last Meeting:

The Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans last met in Week 5 of the 2020 season. They played on a Tuesday night because of a COVID-19 outbreak for the Titans that may have been caused by violations of the league’s Covid protocols.

The Titans routed the Bills 42-16 in a game where the Titans ran away with the game in the second half. Josh Allen was intercepted once and sacked twice, and the Bills turned the ball over three times on the night.

Last Week’s Result:

In Week 5, the Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-19 to improve to 3-2. The Titans ran away with the game in the second quarter after trailing 14-13 early on.

Ryan Tannehill completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry had yet another monster day, rushing for 130 yards on 29 attempts. The Titans were out-gained by the Jaguars, but Jacksonville’s ineptitude on third down and lack of ball security did them in.

The Titans have struggled defensively yet again in 2021, and said struggles continued last week. They allowed 454 total yards to one of the league’s worst offenses led by a struggling rookie quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. The Titans sacked Lawrence two times last week; a rare positive for the Tennessee defense.

Final Thoughts

The Buffalo Bills have now outscored their last four opponents 156-41; their average point differential on the season is +21.6. The Buffalo Bills are first in the NFL in both points for, and allowed, while the Titans are tenth offensively and 24th defensively in points. The Titans are 21st in pass yards allowed, which could spell trouble for a Buffalo passing game that is starting to hit their stride.

The 2021 season has been an up and down one for the Titans, and they will need to show some semblance of consistency to beat the Bills. The Bills are red hot, and will be looking to continue their revenge tour against the Titans. Derrick Henry is going to have to have another stellar game in order for the Titans to beat the Bills this week.