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Titans' lines under pressure; Pacman is game for Evans

1. Willis could run all day.

Although RB Willis McGahee is playing hurt, he has been a royal pain for opposing defenses. He is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry, but he is more effective the more touches he gets. . . . McGahee could enjoy a big day against the Titans, who allow 145.3 rushing yards per game (30th in the NFL) and gave up 202 yards to Jacksonville last week. . . . Tennessee has a lot of beef up front in DTs Robaire Smith (6-foot-4, 328 pounds), Albert Haynesworth (6-6, 320) and Randy Starks (6-3, 312). They must be stout up front so LBs Keith Bulluck, Peter Sirmon and David Thornton can make plays.

2. Henry is a star reborn.

Two years after the Bills traded him, RB Travis Henry (974 yards and 7 TDs) has emerged as the featured back in Tennessee. Not much has changed with Henry, who still runs hard and possesses good speed, power, vision and balance. . . . Rookie LenDale White and Chris Brown are good change-ups. . . . The X-factor is 6-foot-5 QB Vince Young, a dangerous scrambler who is faster than he looks with his long stride. . . . Look for Buffalo defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to use eight-man fronts and run blitzes to try to slow the Titans' ground game.

3. No pressure on Losman means no chance for Titans' defense.

Bills QB J.P. Losman has been remarkably efficient in the passing game, making good decisions and limiting mistakes. The offensive line has improved, giving Losman time to go through his progressions and take shots downfield when the coverage dictates it. . . . The Titans have only 21 sacks as DEs Kyle Vanden Bosch and Travis LaBoy have been slowed by injuries. Now healthy, Vanden Bosch and LaBoy must get some heat on Losman. . . . Bills WR Lee Evans against Titans CB Adam "Pacman" Jones is a potential key matchup. Jones has great speed and is effective jumping routes. But his aggressiveness makes him vulnerable to double moves, at which Evans excels.

4. The Titans pin hopes on their Young gun.

With a 7-4 record as the starting QB, Young has justified the Titans' decision to draft him No. 3 overall. Despite a sidearm delivery, he has a strong arm. That is important because the wind in Ralph Wilson Stadium is always a factor. . . . Pro Bowl DE Aaron Schobel will bring outside pressure, but Buffalo's pass rushers must be disciplined and stay in their lanes so Young can't escape the pocket. . . . Young's accuracy is a work in progress. WRs Drew Bennett, Brandon Jones and Bobby Wade must get separation so Young doesn't have to force throws into coverage.

5. Pacman gobbles up return yards.

In addition to being a gifted cornerback, Jones is one of the NFL's most dangerous punt returners. He has returned two for touchdowns and is a threat on kickoff returns as well. . . . P Brian Moorman and Buffalo's punt coverage has neutralized most returners this year. . . . Titans P Craig Hentrich, who leads the NFL with 31 punts inside the 20, will try to keep the ball away from Bills PR Roscoe Parrish. . . . Buffalo PK Rian Lindell has made 90 percent of his field goal attempts. . . . Tennessee PK Rob Bironas has three game-winning field goals, including a 60-yarder to beat the Colts in Week 13.

Prediction: The Bills should continue late-season roll, but beware of the surging Titans. Buffalo, 24-17.

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