Whenever the Bills and Titans get together, one play comes to mind.
When the Music City Miracle happened, Titans QB Marcus Mariota was six years old.
Mariota and the Titans hope to take another game from Buffalo when the two teams meet Sunday. Buffalo has lost two of their last three, while Tennessee is coming off an early bye week. The last time the Titans played, they blew a 13-point lead late and lost to division-rival Indianapolis.
Buffalo has invested heavily in their running backs corps this season, and initially it was paying dividends. Sunday, it appears they will be without Shady McCoy and rookie Karlos Williams, who suffered a concussion last week against the Giants. That means a big opportunity for Boobie Dixon against a Titans defense that is ranked 19th against the run.
Read on for everything you need to know about the game’s betting information, per OddsShark:
Line: Buffalo -2.5
Moneyline: Buffalo -140, Tennessee +120
What To Watch For
Whatever the result, these two fanbases are excited. Both may have found their QB of the future.
They’re not that different.
Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Mariota are two passers cut from a similar cloth. Although both have great scrambling ability, they prefer to attack defenses with their arm and from the pocket. Both are averaging more than 60 percent of their passes, much to the delights of fans and critics, who were unsure about how Taylor and Mariota would adjust to the NFL.
Although neither likes to scramble, Mariota has rushed just five times in his first three NFL games. It’s become a discussion topic in Tennessee, because Titans coaches know how dangerous Mariota could be with his legs. The problem, however, is that having your QB run more is a recipe for disaster. There’s always the chance Mariota gets hurt, and they don’t want to adversely affect his development as a pocket passer. The Titans want to have Mariota under center for a long time, and that involves taking some precautions.