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History favors the Titans in matchup with Buffalo

Ask Tennessee Titans fans what the name of their stadium is, and you might get a variety of answers.

That’s understandable considering that the stadium has changed names four times since the franchise came to Nashville, so sometimes it’s difficult to keep track.

But even if you get Adelphia Coliseum, The Coliseum, LP Field, or Nissan Stadium as your answer, there’s been a common theme when it comes to one particular team visiting the Titans’ home stadium:

The Buffalo Bills don’t win here.

Buffalo lost at Adelphia Coliseum thanks to the Music City Miracle in 2000. It lost at The Coliseum in 2003 after former Titans quarterback Billy Volek put on a show. And even lost at LP Field in 2009 when the Titans scored 24 fourth quarter points to blow the game wide open.

Let’s not forget that the Bills also lost to the team in 1997 when the Titans were playing at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

The Titans want to keep their home streak against the Bills going. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

The Titans want to keep their home streak against the Bills going. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

The Titans could change the stadium name after every quarter, but it wouldn’t change the fact that history is not on Buffalo’s side heading into this crucial Week 5 game.

But yet the Bills will stroll into Nissan Stadium on Sunday as the slight favorites.

Obviously, that has more to do with the fact that Rex Ryan’s team has been a bit more impressive than the Titans thus far this season. Despite a 2-2 record, the Bills have looked like legitimate AFC title contenders at times in wins over Indianapolis and Miami, and even in a loss against New England.

Ryan’s defensive knowledge will certainly put  Marcus Mariota to the test, as there’s a good chance that the rookie quarterback will see several looks that he hasn’t seen before.

Luckily, the Titans have had an extra week to prepare. Tennessee enjoyed a much-needed bye week after letting a 13-point fourth quarter lead slip away against the Colts in Week 3, and hopefully, the major kinks on both sides of the ball were addressed.

It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: The Titans desperately need to win this game. Labeling a game must-win five weeks into the season may seem crazy. However, that’s where we are right now.

Marcus Mariota will have his work cut out for him against Rex Ryan's defense. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Marcus Mariota will have his work cut out for him against Rex Ryan’s defense. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

A schedule with four straight home games early in the season is a gift. The Titans are 0-1 through one of those. Dropping to 0-2 and 1-3 overall with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons coming to town would not be ideal for this team’s playoff hopes.

That’s why the Titans will need history on their side.

If we go beyond games played in Nashville between these two teams, things trend even more in the Titans’ favor.

The Bills have only a single regular season win against this franchise since 1994, with that being a “revenge” win in the season following the Music City Miracle. However, once Buffalo got its revenge, things went back to normal.

Games aren’t played on paper. And they certainly aren’t decided by past games. But sometimes, historical facts are hard to ignore.

The fact of the matter is that the Titans have simply owned the Bills the past 20 years.

With Mariota at quarterback, the Titans are embracing change this season. Let’s just hope that there’s no change with one franchise constant:

The Buffalo Bills don’t win here.