TENNESSEE @ BUFFALO | 10/07 | 1:00 PM EDT
New organizer Matt LaFleur is tasked with getting QB Marcus Mariota on track after a letdown 2017. LaFleur certainly has the pedigree, having actually worked under Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan (maybe the two finest offensive minds in football) over the last few years. The RB duo of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis ought to have success behind a strong O-line, which would permit Mariota to thrive as a play-action passer (like Jared Goff did with LaFleur last year). New organizer Dean Pees, Baltimore’s DC for the past six seasons, acquires an improving system. Anchored by monstrous DT Jurrell Casey, the Titans permitted simply 3.6 lawns per bring in 2017 (4th finest in the NFL). The secondary is forming up to be one of the very best in football. Former Patriots CB Malcolm Butler joins physical CB Logan Ryan and speedster CB Adoree’ Jackson, an impressive trio that maximizes All-Pro S Kevin Byard to make huge plays.
The Costs were the NFL’s a lot of run-heavy team in 2017, which’s not likely to change under brand-new planner Brian Daboll. RB LeSean McCoy is still among the league’s most elusive runners, though he’ll be without three starting offensive lineman from a year earlier. The passing game is bound to be weak, as Buffalo has arguably the league’s worst receiving corps and a trio of unproven quarterbacks contending for playing time. Buffalo’s opportunistic defense had many bounces go their method last season. The secondary was fantastic, with CB Tre’Davious White making an immediate effect as a play making novice and veteran securities Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer each obstructing 5 passes. The front 7 failed to generate much pass-rushing pressure, though the arrival of former Panthers DT Star Lotulelei provides the Bills a stout interior defensive line.
The Vikings clearly weren’t prepared for Josh Allen and the Bills two weeks ago and got thumped at home in the NFL’s biggest shocker of the year. The Packers had a week of game tape to prep for Allen — and promptly shut Buffalo out. Now the Titans have two weeks of clips, a defense that’s allowed 15.3 ppg the last three games, all wins, and the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in QB Marcos Mariota. As long as Mariota ’18 doesn’t poof back into Mariota ’17 mid-game, the Titans should win and cover.