Takeaway-hungry Titans turning turnovers into points

Ahead by three scores with about four minutes remaining in Tuesday's contest against Buffalo, the Titans appeared well on their way to victory.

But just for good measure, Titans linebacker David Long charged down the field on kickoff coverage and knocked the football loose from Bills returner Andre Roberts. Just six plays after recovering the fumble, the Titans were in the end zone once more, capping a banner day for the team on the turnover front.

In what's becoming a trend, the Titans finished plus-three on turnovers against the Bills, a total that Tennessee turned into 21 points in its 42-16 victory.

One quarter of the way through the season, the Titans sit atop the NFL with a plus-eight turnover ratio – nine takeaways and just one giveaway. They've outscored opponents 38-7 following turnovers, a significant reason Tennessee is 4-0 heading into Sunday's contest against Houston.

“I think it just gives you an opportunity to create more possessions, shorter fields, momentum, and we did convert,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of the role turnovers played against the Bills.

“We were able to do that – our ability to take care of the football, and then not only create (turnovers) but take advantage of the opportunities that they give us. There's a lot more out there, but to be able to get them on special teams and on defense is going to . . .

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