Titans vs Bills: What can the Titans learn from last seasons game versus the Buffalo Bills to help them win in 2020?
We will see another Titans vs Bills matchup in 2020. The 2020 Titans team will be much different than the one the Bills saw in 2019 The Titans went through major changes just one week after the week 5 game against the Bills in 2019.
If you remember the game against the Bills from last season, then you know it wasn’t the most exciting game to watch. Both teams had very good defenses last season, and the final score reflected that. The Buffalo Bills ultimately came out on top with a score of 14-7.
Top performers from Titans vs Bills in 2019
The Tennessee Titans only scored once in the whole game, and that came from star running back and fan favorite Derrick Henry. Henry rushed 20 times for a total of 78 yards and one touchdown. It was definitely a respectable game from King Henry, but in next season’s game they may want to consider getting him involved earlier, and more often. Henry only rushed 5 times in the first half. That’s not near enough for him to have a game-changing performance that we are used to from him.
Logan Ryan was the Titans top defensive performer. He finished with 9 total tackles and added a sack. It will be hard for him to repeat his performance in 2020 considering he is no longer with the team. Hopefully second round pick Kristian Fulton can step into his role and be effective early on.
Harold Landry had a big game, finishing with 7 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for loss. He is expected to have a lowered snap count in 2020, but don’t expect his production to dip. Keeping Landry at 100% every play will be the key to his performance.
Kevin Byard got one of his five interceptions last season in the game versus the Bills. The key for Byard in any game is to keep being Kevin Byard. He is one of the best safeties in the NFL, and there’s a chance that he heavily impacts any game that he plays in.
Stay with what works
The Titans were able to sack Josh Allen 4 times last season. This is well above the team average of 2.6 sacks per game in 2019.
The Titans have improved their pass rush this offseason, adding major depth and a possible x-factor in Vic Beasley. Mike Vrabel needs to insure that the Titans get after the QB like they did last season against the Bills.
If the defense can put together another game with four sacks or more, the outcome might be much different than it was last season.
What’s different from last season?
The Tennessee Titans season changed last season when they moved on from Marcus Mariota and changed to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. When the Buffalo Bills got their look at the Titans last season, Mariota was still leading the offense. Ryan Tannehill gives the Titans a completely different dynamic.
As mentioned earlier, the Titans added Vic Beasley to the defensive line.
In the draft, the Titans added Isaiah Wilson, Kristian Fulton, and Darrynton Evans.
The Titans no longer have defensive coordinator Dean Pees, but Mike Vrabel has been able to directly learn from Pees and he will be in charge of the defense.
The Titans have gotten younger and more athletic, hopefully that will help them contain the Bills offense and put up more than the 7 points that they did last season.
The biggest change for the Buffalo Bills this offseason was the addition of Stephon Diggs. Diggs will make the Bills offense much harder to contain. Especially if Josh Allen has made a big jump as an NFL quarterback.
The Bills signed Josh Norman and Mario Addison in free agency, which will shore up their defense.
Overall, the Bills have had a successful offseason. The Bills have improved from last season, so the Titans will have to play much better than they did in 2019 if they want to come out with the win.
Expect the Titans to put up more points in 2020 than they did last season. With Ryan Tannehill at QB and AJ Brown having a year under his belt, it will be much easier for them to move the ball against the Bills.