The 3-2 Titans are the only team in the AFC South with a winning record. However, with the rest of the division in rebuild mode, Ryan Tannehill and the Titans have their sights set on the playoffs.
To get there, they must first overcome the Buffalo Bills in Monday’s prime-time matchup. The current NFL odds are showing Tennessee as sizeable 5-point underdogs at home.
With Buffalo’s top-five run defense able to slow Derrick Henry down, the Titans will need to lean on Tannehill’s passing ability in this game. Can Tannehill have a big game versus this stout Buffalo defense and lead his team to the upset?
Here are my thoughts on the Titans’ passing attack heading into Week 6 against the Bills.
Ryan Tannehill’s Season So Far
The run game has been the primary option for Tennessee, and it’s been working well. So far, Derrick Henry has seven rushing touchdowns this year, while Ryan Tannehill has only six passing touchdowns.
That doesn’t mean Tannehill is playing poorly, though.
He completed 63.6% of his passes in his last game with no INTs, throwing for 197 yards and a touchdown. On the season, He has 1,251 yards in the air, and his passer rating is on the rise. His average rating in September was 87.9, and in October, he improved to 96.4.
Can He Beat Buffalo’s Suffocating Defense?
Although he’s been efficient so far, Tannehill hasn’t seen a defense as good as the Bills’ yet.
The Bills have been completely shutting teams down and rank 1st in points allowed per game (12.8). Part of their success is due to their explosive pass rush. They rank 7th in sack percentage (7.41%), and their rookie defensive end, Greg Rousseau, was just named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
This pressure causes quarterbacks to rush into the Bills lockdown secondary, which has already tallied 9 INTs this year.
Titans vs. Bills Prediction
With Tannehill’s weak offensive line, he won’t have much time in the pocket against Rousseau and the Bills. Even if he can sit in the pocket, I’m not sure the Bills’ secondary will allow any open receivers downfield.
I think one way Tannehill could beat Buffalo is through short passes where he can get the ball out of his hands quickly and give the team’s playmakers space to run. Also, if he can avoid shutdown safety Micah Hyde in the secondary, he might have some success.
He is averaging 276.2 passing yards a game, so if star receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown find holes in Buffalo’s coverage, I think he could get close to his average in this game.
Will Tannehill Have a Big Game?
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