The Buffalo Bills are hoping to play the Tennessee Titans Tuesday night, as long the COVID-19 outbreak has settled with the AFC South foe.
Buffalo Bills fans have decidedly had to be patient for a game between undefeated teams that was supposed to be played Sunday. This is the second week in a row the Titans have had games delayed.
Last week Tennessee had their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers moved to Week 7 after an initial COVID-19 outbreak. The team has struggled to get the outbreak under control and it has caused chaos to the NFL schedule.
The Bills were excited to continue their undefeated season (4-0), after a quality win in Las Vegas over the Raiders last week. Assuming the game does happen, which is a big assumption at this point, what are the keys for the Bills to get a fifth win to open the season?
Josh Allen needs to continue his sublime quarterbacking
Allen has been scintillating for the Bills this season and is garnering legitimate MVP buzz at the season’s quarter mark. According to Football Outsiders, the Wyoming product has been the NFL’s most efficient passer through four weeks.
Allen has found instant chemistry with offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs, who was tied for the NFL lead with 403 receiving yards, through four weeks.
The third-year pivot has thrown for 1265 yards and 12 touchdowns through four games while completing 70.9% of his passes and tossing just one interception.
Allen should be able to keep the good times rolling against a Titans defence that rates as the 18th most efficient in the entire league.
Defence must be better
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The Bills come into this contest with a defence that surprisingly ranks 22nd in the league, per Football Outsiders. Considered a strength coming into the season, the Bills have struggled to stop the run and the pass so far.
They are squaring off against an above-average Titans offence that ranks 13th in the NFL in net efficiency. Surprisingly enough, it is the passing offence leading the way for Tennessee.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has the passing attack rated fifth-best in the entire league. Meanwhile, halfback Derrick Henry has been somewhat disappointing after an offseason contract extension. The Alabama product has the second most carries in the NFL with 82 but has managed to turn them into just 319 yards and two touchdowns.
Buffalo Bills need to time of possession battle
Through four weeks of the season, Buffalo’s offence has been the sixth slowest on seconds/play according to Football Outsiders. Meanwhile, Tennessee runs the fourth quickest offense in the league.
The contrasting styles will be on display Tuesday night. Buffalo ranks seventh in total time of possession, while Tennesee is 18th in the league.
Winning the turnover battle is pivotal to continuing drives and getting the other offence off of the field. Buffalo has done a good job of holding onto the ball and keeping their defence fresh with solid ball possession numbers.
The Bills are favoured on the road in this one by 3.5 points, per Action Network. The total is set at 53 points in what should be an entertaining game, as long as it happens.
My Prediction: Buffalo Bills 28, Tennessee TItans 24
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