The COVID-19 crisis has made a mess of NFL football this season. A good example of that is the fact that this week we are having Tuesday Night Football. That’s a blessing in disguise, though, as it gives football fans an extra day to enjoy their favorite game.
The Titans Are In Rare Form
The NFL closed the Tennessee Titans facility in Nashville on September 29, and the team has had a whole slew of players, over thirteen in all, placed in quarantine because of testing positive for COVID-19. Only three of those players have returned to active duty and the Titans will be without the services of several starters when they take on the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday evening.
The Tennessee Titans surely still remember the frustrating defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills last season when their field goal kicker somehow managed to miss three field goals and then have another one blocked, in the same game. Needless to say, the Titans went out and hired themselves a more dependable kicker for this season. They ended up with veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who has already made the game winning score in the final minutes of each of the Titans wins this year.
So, on a brisk autumn evening in Nashville, at the Nissan Stadium, the undefeated Titans, with three wins under their belts so far, will take on the undefeated Buffalo Bills, who have won 4 in a row and lead the AFC East.
Over on the Titans side of field is where we find the answer to all the Bills passing finesse. It’s called power, and it comes in the form of a very bad man out of Alabama named Derrick Henry. Most folks just get out of his way, but the Buffalo defense will not only have to get in his way but to somehow bring him to the ground, every time he gets the ball. In the postseason last year, Henry was a beast, racking up 377 in the Titans’ first two games. He has topped 115 yards per game in two of the three games played this year.
Tennessee also has Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, and he has occasionally shown himself to be quite a good NFL quarterback, but he is inconsistent and therefore undependable in the eyes of some fans and coaches. Tannehill did turn in an impressive performance against Minnesota, passing for 321 yards.
The Bills Get The Advantage
The latest odds from William Hill have the Bills as 3.5 point favorites while the Over/Under is now at 52.5, which might sound a bit low considering the scoring abilities of these two potent offenses. The Money Line for the Titans vs. Bills game is now Buffalo -185 and Tennessee +165. When the Bills have been the favorites, they are 6-1 ATS while the Titans are overall 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.
One of the major factors that makes Buffalo the favorite is their quarterback Josh Allen who passed for over three thousand yards last year, which was only his second year in the NFL. The Bills have since added 26 year old Stefon Diggs, acquired from the Vikings, who is already making a difference. We can expect Josh Allen´s numbers to pick up this year now that he has Diggs in his stable of receivers.
Thus far in 2020, Diggs has caught 26 out of 35 passes tossed to him by Josh Allen for a team high total of 403 yards, but only two touchdowns. Rookie Gabriel Davis and tight end Tyler Kroft each have two touchdowns as well. Notably, Davis has hauled in all eight of the passes he has been targeted with for 129 yards.
This one could turn into a shootout and bettors may wish they had taken the Over!