ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills are on a little bit of a vengeance trip.
It’s not apparent from speaking with the gamers and coaches, or something that’s outwardly acknowledged. But one by one leading up to the Week 7 bye, the Bills are dealing with challengers that have actually been available in the group’s method over the last 2 years.
And up until now, the vengeance has actually been sweet.
The next test will come Monday when the Bills head to Nashville (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nissan Stadium was the website of a ruthless 42-16 loss for Buffalo in 2015 that ended an unbeaten 4-0 start to the season.
Of course, it will likewise be an effort to remove the memory of a particular stiff-arm from Titans running back Derrick Henry to previous Bills cornerback Josh Norman.
When you come at Derrick Henry, you much better come proper 😱
— ESPN (@espn) October 14, 2020
“I think we get reminded [of that game] every time I see highlights,” coach Sean McDermott stated. “I see that play and then, look, give them credit. They outperformed us, they outcoached us, they outplayed us.”
This time? Things might be various.
First up on the Bills’ vengeance list this season was the Houston Texans. The Bills lost to the Texans in the wild-card round of the 2019 playoffs. In a tale of 2 groups who have actually relocated various instructions because that video game, the having a hard time Texans were burnt out 40-0 by Buffalo in Week 4.
Next was the huge rematch of in 2015’s AFC Championship Game and a regular-season loss in 2020 when the Bills headed to Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday night. A 38-20 win, the Bills’ initially over Patrick Mahomes, was the outcome and Buffalo came out of that video game appearing like the group to beat in the AFC, if not the whole NFL.
With quarterback Josh Allen surpassing Mahomes and the defense baffling a vibrant Chiefs group, the Bills (4-1) are on top of the league in more methods than one.
The Bills lead the NFL in scoring offense and scoring defense, the 4th group considering that the merger in 1970 to lead the league in both classifications through Week 5, per the Elias Sports Bureau (2006 Chicago Bears, 1997 New England Patriots and 1995 Miami Dolphins). They likewise lead in turnover differential (+11) and point margin (+108).
Buffalo now has a 57.6% opportunity to win the AFC, per ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).
The Titans have actually had 2 video games boil down to overtime this season, winning among those video games versus the Seahawks and losing to the New York Jets on the roadway. Tennessee averages the third-most hurrying lawns in the NFL (167.8), while the Bills defense has actually enabled the third-fewest (78.4).
In the conference in 2015, the Titans hurried for 139 lawns and 3 goals. A huge consider that offending success was getting the ball on brief fields. Buffalo turned the ball over 3 times to the Titans’ no turnovers. As an outcome, the Titans had 4 of 6 goal drives begin in Buffalo area
Winning video games versus other AFC department leaders, like the Titans, is a crucial action to preserving that hang on the conference. Luckily for Buffalo, things have actually been working out on the roadway since late. Allen has actually won 8 starts far from Highmark Stadium considering that the start of 2020, connected for 2nd in the NFL. Only Mahomes (9) has actually won more over that time frame.
Plus, the roadway ahead for the Bills includes some winnable video games.
According to FPI, the Bills have the second-easiest staying schedule. Games versus the Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and 2 versus the Jets wait for Buffalo after the bye.
The Titans and Bills have actually satisfied in each of the previous 3 seasons with Buffalo taking 2 of 3 video games. The Bills will be trending in the best instructions in regards to health for the video game with beginning linebacker Matt Milano a restricted individual in the very first practice of the week with a hamstring injury that triggered him to miss out on the Kansas City video game.
The chance to keep things relocating the best instructions versus another AFC challenger is a huge one, even if this video game doesn’t bring rather the weight or story of recently’s video game versus the Chiefs.
“If you look back at last year and see why we lost, you could find a million reasons why we lost,” pass receiver Stefon Diggs stated. “You can come up with as many excuses as you want, but they played better than us on that Tuesday. Right now, moving on from last week … we just got to go in with the right mindset.”