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Suffice to say Wesley Woodyard Jersey , the energy surrounding the Titans right now is totally different than the one that surrounded them last year as they sat at 8–4 with two road games against poor* competition on the horizon.To be fair, the 49ers were a good team last year and that game went down to the wire.At 3-1 and coming off a hat trick of emotional wins, the only thing standing in the Titans’ way as they head to Orchard Park, NY is the potential for a similarly flat performance as favorites.I believe the shift in vibe as compared to last year has much to do with a (so far earned) confidence that Mike Vrabel can keep this team dialed in.For as much of a role as smart offensive and defensive planning have played in keeping the last three games within reach, the Titans have ultimately won thanks to the focused, resilient, positive attitude imparted on them by their head coach.The Bills have been a hugely inconsistent team week-to-week, drive-to-drive, and play-to-play through four games.In all four phases discussed below, Buffalo has had moments in which they’ve looked formidable and ones in which they’ve looked downright dreadful.Because their ebb and flow doesn’t pick a landing spot within each individual game, the Titans will need to be ready to both weather the good and punish the bad.The five games I watched were:Week 13, 2017 - Patriots at BillsWeek 1, 2018 - Bills at RavensWeek 2, 2018 - Chargers at BillsWeek 3, 2018 - Bills at VikingsWeek 4, 2018 - Bills at Packers When the Titans RunStatistically speaking, the Bills are an average to mediocre run-defending team according to most metrics.One in which they excel is Football Outsider’s Defensive Line “Stuffed” ranking, which is based on the number of times a defense stops a ball carrier at or behind the line of scrimmage.Buffalo is second in the NFL in number of times they’ve accomplished that feat.However, when in “Power” situations, in which the offense runs to convert a 3rd or 4th and 2 or less, the Bills tumble to 18th according to F.O.They are in the bottom third of the “2nd Level” and “Open Field” ranks.The Titans have two backs with boom or bust potential.Despite an ongoing debate as to whether Dion Lewis is more consistent than Derrick Henry as a runner, for any one watching them, it’s clear both excel most past the line of scrimmage.Unlike last week, this is a game in which accepting some dud runs is likely to balance out with some game-changing gashes.Patience and persistence will pay off.The biggest benefit, in my eyes, to picking spots to lean on the run game will be its effect on Bills’ QB Josh Allen.Allen is chaotic and reckless on the field right now.Keeping him on the sidelines standing still for long periods of time is a good way to encourage him to press when he does get the ball back.The Titans can afford to get into a field position battle, knowing Allen struggles to string together good plays.Between the Tennessee 25 and the Buffalo 40 Cheap Malcolm Butler Jersey , slowing down the pace and grinding on the ground should prove beneficial in the long run (no pun intended) for the Titans.When the Titans PassWe saw a vertical iteration of Matt LaFleur’s scheme last week, and I’m as curious as anyone to see how he modulates off of it.I believe the Bills can be challenged down the field, but I’m not sure that’s the best approach LaFleur can take.Instead, offenses working the short to intermediate middle of the field with precision have proven to be what Buffalo’s pass defense struggles with the most so far this year.In the Bills lone victory, Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins was putrid with his timing, pocket awareness, and ball placement, especially early on.Joe Flacco and Phillip Rivers were quite the opposite, and Buffalo could not stop an onslaught of middle-of-the-field hitches, intermediate slants and crossers.The Chargers in particular played beautifully off these concepts with Melvin Gordon running two-way go routes and “sneaking” into open space over the middle.Dion Lewis will be active as a receiver.Against the Packers, Buffalo’s DBs played much tighter to the LOS, and thus didn’t give up as much to the concepts listed above.GB countered this with quick, play-action rub routes to get receivers into space on the outside, as well as screens and occasional downfield sideline throws.There’s a chance this will be the Bills’ defensive approach going forward—passing on them was simply too easy in weeks 1 and 2—so the Titans may need to go back to some of the WR screen concepts we saw used vs. Houston and Jacksonville.If the Titans can get out to a lead, I believe they should alternate off of the clock-chewing approach I talked about in the first section, and occasionally go to a fast-paced, no-huddle attack focused on wearing out Buffalo’s linebackers in coverage over the middle.Forcing Josh Allen to sit for long stretches and then occasionally flipping the script and making him feel pressure to keep up with the Titans’ no-huddle pace (while he plays from behind) is a diabolically-sweet recipe for a Tennessee blowout victory.One thing I thought worth mentioning: this may be a week in which we see Jonnu Smith receive more than 1 or 2 targets.Hopefully, he can produce in those spots and give the coaching staff and fans reason for optimism towards him.The Bills’ pass rush, featuring Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander on the edges and big man Kyle Williams up the middle, is probably nationally underrated, but I think they’ve benefited from poor OL play over the last two weeks.They didn’t show up near as often in weeks 1 and 2, and I’m confident the Titans’ bookend tackles (reunited and it feels so right) can keep Marcus Mariota clean.When the Bills RunShady McCoy has been near invisible in this offense so far, though it sounds as if the Bills hope to change that going forward.Honestly, I’m not sure if there’s as big of a difference between him, Chris Ivory, and Marcus Murphy as there would have been in the past.Ivory is running hard, and Murphy was a preseason standout who shows highlight-reel flashes.I believe the combination of whichever backs play for Buffalo is a much greater threat to a Titans victory than Josh Allen.The most important thing for the Titans run defense will be clamping down if and when the Bills cross over into Tennessee territory.Allowing big runs in those situations will put the Bills in position to get points without making Allen do his part to earn them.Buffalo’s OL has not excelled at making life easy on their backs.According to PFF Womens Wesley Woodyard Jersey , the highest run blocking grade among Bills starters is 57.0 for RT Jordan Mills.The Bills rank 24th in adjusted line yards, which does its best to isolate OL play from running back performance and normalize the grading curve across teams.To me, this only serves to further the credit due to Ivory, Murphy, and, when he’s played, McCoy—I’ve actually been impressed with their play in spite of non-ideal blocking.When the Bills PassJosh Allen is, in my opinion, being handled poorly by the Bills’ offensive brain trust.I assume their thought process revolves around letting him play “his style”.The problem is, Allen’s current raw, experimental style will rarely win games in the pros.To me, he is simply ingraining bad habit after bad habit into his game.His rocket arm throws a ball that look pretty for about a second, before it flies 10 feet over the intended receivers’ head and lands 20 feet beyond his position.The Bills offense is doing next to nothing to get Allen to play with timing and rhythm.It’s one thing for a scouting department to believe their coaches can harness and transform a prospect like Allen, but it’s outright stupid to draft him and think he’s going to succeed being given the freedom to figure it out himself.Unless something radical has changed within the last week, expect to see about 5 throws all game that make you say, “Hmm ... maybe this guy has it.”Expect to see 15 to 20 that make you grimace.Image
To compound matters, the Bills lack true receiving threats across the board.WRs Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones and TE Charles Clay are all players that deserve roles in the NFL, but none are capable of overcoming stiff competition and none can change the game after the catch.They can’t catch what isn’t thrown in their vicinity and Allen can’t throw it up and depend on them to make a play—it’s a lose/lose situation.Once in a great while, you’ll see a play call that asks Allen to deliver a pass quickly and he usually hits his target.Beyond that, the remainder of the Bills’ passing offense starts off like this: Allen drops back, looks downfield, doesn’t see any initial openings and decides to scramble.From there, it typically ends in one of three outcomes: Sack.Inaccurate Pass.Interception.The Titans secondary, as long as they don’t get cocky and try to go off-script, should have a good day all around.The Titans pass rushers should as well.If Vrabel can have his guys locked in, this one should get ugly for Buffalo, and I’m normally very hesitant to pick the Titans to win big.In this case http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/logan-ryan-jersey-authentic , though, the match-ups all strongly favor Tennessee and Buffalo’s QB play will provide numerous opportunities for turnovers.Four to WatchTitansOffense: Dion LewisDefense: Harold LandryBillsOffense: Chris IvoryDefense: TreDavious WhiteA case for Jurrell Casey being the Titans’ most valuable defender The Titans’ defensive front is on the rise with the draft selections of Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry in this year’s draft. I happen to be really high on both players, and that the front office managed to haul the two prospects in is sensational. Now the defensive line is richer in talent and depth, and the guy leading that pack is none other than Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell CaseyIf you recall, I already wrote on Kevin Byard being arguably the most valuable defender on the Titans. The only other franchise veteran allowed in this debate just happens to be Casey, who will be entering his eight season in the league, all with the Titans. Each of Casey’s last three seasons have resulted in Pro Bowl selections, and if his 2017 season is of any indication, he is worthy of this honor and then some.When it comes to defensive tackles in the NFL, there are two tiers. The highest tier is Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, and everyone else is at tier two. Donald’s combination of power, elusiveness, violence, hesitance, and balance are all in a league of their own, and he is the best all-around defensive player in the game.Guys in the ballpark of Donald include Geno Atkins and Grady Jarrett, and Jurrell Casey is worthy of being in that company. Aaron Donald’s level of play has spoiled football fans, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only defensive tackle worth watching. Keeping that in mind, let’s dive into the case for Jurrell Casey being the most valuable defensive player on the Tennessee Titans. When watching Casey, I noticed how the Titans positioned him all over the defensive line, a testament to how he can create pressure from any position and any angle. Thus, this column will be dedicated to his versatility.It’s nice of the Seahawks to provide an offensive line that allows Jurrell Casey to practice all of his moves. gamepass.nfl.comCasey is used as a defensive end on a stunt on this play, being assigned to go up the B-gap between the right tackle and the right guard. Casey and Derrick Morgan (#91)’s paths cross on the stunt, as Morgan pushes off the left tackle and cuts inside. Casey catches the right guard...off guard...by also going after the right tackle, giving him the outside edge on the right guard. With this, he pressures Russell Wilson and forces him into an errant throw. That this is against the Seahawks offensive line while also being an impressive play is not mutually exclusive.I thought murder was not allowed on the football field....gamepass.nfl.comThis play is sensational, but we’ll dive into the details of how Casey creates the pressure a little later.Here http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/jayon-brown-jersey-authentic , Casey is lined up as a defensive tackle in the A-gap, or the space in between the center and guard (in this case, the left guard). It’s important to note Casey is dragging his right foot before the snap, indicating he’s got something up his sleeve. Indeed, as the ball is snapped, Casey uses his dragged foot to step outside. As the center charges towards him, Casey pushes off his right foot and makes a jab move, completely owning the center in the process. But that’s not the end of it, as Casey slows himself down to confuse the blocking back. As the blocking back charges forward, Casey shuffles his feet and passes by the back, allowing him to create pressure on Jacoby Brissett while making it look easy.Casey is a very swift pass rusher. He has the quick footwork and instincts to adjust his approach against the offensive line while being in complete control of his speed and patience when approaching a blocker. This is also true of him against the run.Got 99 problems and Jurrell Casey is all of them.gamepass.nfl.comOn this play, Casey is again lined up as a defensive tackle. From what I can tell, the center thinks Casey is attacking his outside shoulder, when in actuality Casey is attacking inside. If you look closely, you’ll notice Casey’s left foot is dragging before the snap. When the ball is snapped, this gives him inside leverage, allowing him to burst past the line of scrimmage and stuff the run play.Most hardcore defensive analysts will talk about Casey’s ability in the 3-technique (where a player aligned on the outside shoulder of a guard). Notable players in said technique include guys like Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald.Defensive tackles not named Aaron Donald are people too.gamepass.nfl.comOn this 3-tech example, Casey is positioned in the B-gap. But just before the snap, he moves a little over to the left, creating the illusion that he’s going up the A-gap. The left guard falls for Casey’s trap, and as the ball is snapped he pushes off his left foot and goes up the B-gap to the guard’s outside shoulder. This creates a massive opening in said gap, allowing Casey to crank up the accelerator and pressure Jared Goff.And just for the hell of it, let’s show one of Casey’s six sacks on the year.Sacking an elite quarterback: Pricelessgamepass.nfl.comWith possible exception to Kevin Byard, Jurrell Casey is the face of the Titans’ defense. He’s very powerful and his athleticism is criminally underrated, allowing him to be a highly versatile player that can go up any gap and cause instantaneous pressure. He’s a great defensive tackle and an all-around great defensive player that has gotten some respect but not close to the amount he deserves.Combine Casey’s versatility with guys like the newly drafted Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, and the Titans’ defensive front is going to be a lot more fun to watch in 2018.
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