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White Shaq Mason Jerseys , 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Titans by 4 1/2RECORD video station. SPREAD — Tennessee 3-1, Buffalo 1-3SERIES RECORD — Titans lead 28-17LAST MEETING — Bills beat Titans 14-13, Oct. 11, 2015LAST WEEK — Titans beat Eagles 26-23, OT; Bills lost to Packers 22-0AP PRO32 RANKING — Titans No. 10, Bills No. 30TITANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (15), PASS (26).TITANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (24), PASS (12).BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (24), PASS (32).BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (11), PASS (16).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Titans first-year coach Mike Vrabel was linebacker on Patriots team that went 15-1 against Buffalo during his eight seasons in New England (2001-0icon_cool.gif. ... Titans have won three straight by three-point margins Shaq Mason Jerseys 2019 , matching franchise-best three-game run with three or less margin in October 1999. ... Tennessee 9-1 in games decided by three points or less since 2016. ... QB Marcus Mariota finished 30 of 43 for 344 yards passing and two touchdowns, plus TD rushing against Eagles. He rallied Titans from 17-3 third-quarter deficit for his 11th career winning comeback drive. ... Second-year WR Corey Davis had career highs with nine catches and 161 yards, including 10-yard TD with 5 seconds remaining against Eagles. ... Titans have three or more sacks in three straight games. ... OLB Derrick Morgan's 44 sacks are one shy of tying Ted Washington for eighth on franchise list. ... Bills shut out for first time since 13-0 loss in 2008 season finale against Patriots. ... They had 145 yards offense against Packers, matching fewest since 40-7 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8, 2006. ... RB LeSean McCoy has 21 carries for 85 yards rushing in three games. He topped 90 yards rushing six times last season. ... Rookie QB Josh Allen was sacked seven times for 64 yards last week, and league-most 18 times over 3 1/2 games. ... Bills haven't scored TD in 102:14 since Allen's 1-yard run in second quarter of 27-6 win at Minnesota. ... Defense allowed Packers to convert 11 of 20 third-down opportunities, most since Patriots converted 11 of 20 in 2013 season-opening 23-21 victory. ... Buffalo has allowed eight TDs passing after giving up just 14 last season. ... Fantasy tip: Davis might not be sure bet to carry over last week's production as he's expected to be matched up against CB Tre'Davious White, who played role in limiting Davante Adams to eight catches, on 14 targets, for 81 yards last week. The Patriots are always ahead of league trends. It’s intentional."The New England Patriots are always at the forefront of league trends, whether it’s the 3-4 defensive front, or the utilization of slot receivers, or use of multiple tight ends, or whatever concoction Bill Belichick has cooked up over the offseason.It’s intentional and Belichick spoke on Wednesday about how the team adjusts over time to react to league trends.New England needs both the coaching strategy and the players in order to stop these trends, and that requires adjustments on the fly. The Patriots used to get gashed by mobile quarterbacks, until they figured out how to use a five-man defensive line to both contain the quarterback and the running game. Adding Kyle Van Noy on the edge was a major fix to a problem that consistently bothered the Patriots for a couple season.And adding Patrick Chung as a linebacker this past post-season provided the Patriots with a player that could cover running backs out of the backfield White Chris Hogan Jerseys , another Achilles’ heel of the team.Belichick went on to share how these trends are recognized.A clear example is how the Patriots had a lot of trouble defending the interior pass rush against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 postseason, as Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe pressured Tom Brady all day. It’s not a coincidence that the Patriots then added interior players like Bryan Stork, Shaq Mason, Tre Jackson, David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Ted Karras, until the problem was fixed.New England also compensated for the interior pressure by getting rid of the ball more quickly thanks to pre-snap reads, which is a strategic decision that’s now spreading around the league. The butterfly effect of the shortened time to throw is that opposing pass rushes are not as impactful, unless there’s good, complementary coverage that forces the quarterback to hold on to the football. This concept isn’t novel, but as teams pour resources into their defensive front, the Patriots are investing in a secondary that can force quarterbacks to hold on to the football.Another trend that the Patriots are capitalizing on? The shrinking size of linebackers in order to cover more agile tight ends in the passing game. Smaller linebackers mean easier sledding for rushing attacks, which is why the Patriots were able to waltz down the field with Sony Michel during this latest postseason.Trends are like the tide and Belichick just wants to stay ahead of the flood. The next trend on Belichick’s mind? Big receivers.As defensive backs got smaller and quicker to handle slot receivers like Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Julian Edelman Chris Hogan Jerseys 2019 , other offenses have adjusted by putting larger players in the slot like Marques Colston, Larry Fitzgerald, and Amari Cooper. And as more and more large receivers enter the league, defenses are going to have to adjust for their size and defend the jump ball. One way to avoid that issue is to not overcorrect for these trends.Belichick went on to note that standards have changed as players have gotten larger and faster, but the idea of a standard remains and the goal of “evaluating what a player’s total performance is going to be” is still the goal.That’s why the Patriots have continued to draft larger linebackers like Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Ja’Whaun Bentley, and acquire Van Noy, because a more involved running game is right around the corner. New England will be ready.Sony Michel is already taking advantage of smaller defenses. Tom Brady is already taking advantage of weaker secondaries by negating their expensive pass rushes. And when bigger wide receivers start taking over the league, the Patriots will be ready with the 6’1 Stephon Gilmore and 6’1 J.C. Jackson. And they’ll still be capable in the slot with the 5’11 Duke Dawson and 5’10 Jonathan Jones. There will more trends in 2019, with teams watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams to decide the next RPO-like craze. Fortunately, Belichick and the Patriots have some recent experience in stopping both of those teams. They’ll be just fine.



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