After suffering a huge upset loss in Week 4, the Tennessee Titans rebounded in Week 5 with a victory over the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, they face a much more significant challenge, going up against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 6.
The NFL odds currently have the Titans as underdogs in that game despite being at home. Meanwhile, the Bills currently have the best odds of any AFC team to win the Super Bowl.
Will the Titans be able to slow down the Bills? Let’s break it down.
Bills Spread the Ball Around
Coming into this game, the Bills score 34.4 points per game on average, more than any other NFL team. Since their Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills have scored 35 or more points in every game.
The outstanding play from quarterback Josh Allen both through the air and on the ground is the primary reason for the Bills’ success. He already has 12 touchdown passes and 1,370 passing yards on the season, plus 188 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Having a dual-threat quarterback makes the Bills offense even more dangerous and leaves opportunities for other members of that offense to shine.
Three of those players are wide receivers Dawson Knox, Emmanuel Sanders, and Stefon Diggs. So far, Knox has five touchdown receptions, which is second in the NFL. Sanders has four touchdown receptions, and Diggs has 374 receiving yards.
With all of these guys put together, it will be a tall task for this Titans defense to slow the Bills down.
Tennessee Titans’ Defensive Struggles
The Titans may be leading the AFC South, but it is not because of their defense.
They rank 22nd in the NFL in total yards allowed with 377.4 per game, and they rank 24th in the NFL in points allowed with 26 points per game.
This season, one of the more concerning performances had to be giving up 27 points to the Jets in their loss against them. It was the only game in which the Jets have scored more than 20 points.
The Titans will have to rely on getting a little more pressure on Allen with linebackers Harold Landry III and Ola Adeniyi. They have 2.5 sacks each on the season, with the former having 21 total tackles.
When comparing this defense to other opponents that the Bills have beaten, all of their wins (Dolphins, Texans, Washington, Chiefs) have come against defenses that currently rank lower than the Titans in points allowed per game.
Some people may argue that the Bills are why those teams are lower on that list. Others may say that they will expose you if you do not come into a Bills game with a respectable defense.
Will the Titans Win?
Can the 5.5-point underdog Tennessee Titans break up the Buffalo Bills’ hot streak, or will Buffalo expose this Titans defense? To place your bets, check out BetMGM’s Tennessee sports betting site. It’s a safe, reliable, and user-friendly place to bet on all of the NFL action throughout the season.