MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: BUFFALO BILLS AT TENNESSEE TITANS

BY ADAM GREENE

For the second straight week the Buffalo Bills get the prime time focus as they travel to Nashville to take on the AFC South leading Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

The Titans and Bills are connected in that they both made it to the AFC Championship game to face the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and 2020 respectively and both lost. Buffalo spent the offseason doing what they could to catch the Chiefs, and surpassed them. Tennessee has added weapons on offense and defense, but it’s not all come together just yet.

Tennessee leads the all time series 29-19 dating all the way back to both franchises’ AFL days. What really ties these teams together is two epic playoff game endings that propelled the winner to the Super Bowl. In the 1992-93 Wild Card game, the Bills came back from 35-3 with current Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich in at QB for an injured Jim Kelly. Buffalo won in overtime 41-38 against the then Houston Oilers.

In the 1999-2000 Wild Card round, the Titans won a game called the Music City Miracle, 22-16, with Kevin Dyson scoring on a kick off return as time expired on a trick play lateral from tight end Frank Wychek.

Ironically, while both games were historic and will probably see plenty of replays Monday Night, both the Titans and the Bills would lose the Super Bowls in which these historic comebacks landed them.

BUFFALO BILLS AT TENNESSEE TITANS (+5.5, O/U: 53.5)

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

Broadcast: ESPN

Kickoff: Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m.

BUFFALO BILLS (4-1)

Buffalo proved their offseason strategy worked in a 38-20 dominating victory over the Chiefs last Sunday. Josh Allen was an assassin, completing 15 of 26 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, adding 11 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Tight end Dawson Knox was his favorite target, catching three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders caught three balls form 54 yards and two TDs. The Bills defense sacked Patrick Mahomes twice and picked him off twice.

TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2)

The Titans made up for soiling the bedsheets against the New York Jets with a 37-19 shellacking of the Jacksonville Jaguars a week ago. Julio Jones missed the game again, but A.J. Brown was back, catching three passes for 38 yards. It didn’t matter as Derrick Henry continued his bulldozing ways, rushing 29 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill finished 14 of 22 for 197 yards and a touchdown. Tennessee’s defense sacked Trevor Lawrence twice, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.

THE PICK

Tennessee will be at full strength on both sides of the ball Sunday with Bud Dupree, Jones and Brown all healthy and starting. I think this game will be more interesting than people think and it wouldn’t shock me to see the Titans pull the upset. Buffalo is playing too strong for me to pick it, but I think this spread is too big. Bills 33, Titans 30

Last week

Straight up: 12-4

Against the spread: 7-9

Season

Straight up: 53-27

Against the spread: 40-40

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