Monday Night Football should be a good one in Nashville at Nissan Stadium. The Buffalo Bills are in Tennessee for a Monday night matchup against the Titans.
While the Bills aren’t perfect at 4-1, this looks like the most complete team in the NFL. You make the case for the Arizona Cardinals, but my money would be on the Bills in a Super Bowl.
I’m more confident in the Bills being as good as they are now in the winter months when the games mean more. What are the Titans going to be like then?
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 14, 2021
Everything is on the table for the Titans. They could win the AFC South, wildcard, or miss out on the playoffs. Fortunately, they are playing in a terrible division with the Texans and Jaguars.
The Indianapolis Colts are the closest team to the 2-3 Titans with a record of 2-4 after a win over the Texans on Sunday. The Colts are better than their record indicates, so I don’t want to count them out yet.
However, the Titans clearly control their own destiny and the team to beat in the division. The Titans were expected to get healthier on Monday night with a host of receivers, but that’s in doubt now.
They were without A.J. Brown and Julio Jones two weeks ago, but both are in the lineup with the Bills in town. Maybe. Brown was a late addition on Sunday to the injury report with an illness and is listed as questionable.
The Bills’ defense is playing well, but a healthier Tennessee offense will put pressure on them in primetime. Head below for our free Bills vs. Titans prop bets for October 18, 2021.
Josh Allen Total Passing Yards
The most important key to this game for the Titans is slowing down Josh Allen. If they can do enough against Allen and control the clock, then the door is going to be open for an upset.
Allen has passed for 1,370 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions on 62.3% completions. He’s coming off a big performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 38-20 win at Arrowhead.
Allen tossed the ball for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns in a mistake-free game. His legs were working for him as well, with 59 rushing yards on 11 attempts.
— NFL (@NFL) October 11, 2021
With his score on the ground, Allen finished with 4 touchdowns in a signature win on the road. The Titans’ defense doesn’t have the talent on the backend in the secondary to completely slow down the Bills.
The Titans have allowed 264.6 passing yards per game for 23rd in the league. Let’s look at who the Titans have played over the last three weeks.
The Colts, Jets, and Jaguars don’t present the same challenge as Allen and his arsenal of weapons. This should be a chance of pace for a Titans’ defense that is going into tonight likely without a starting cornerback.
Kristian Fulton has not been practicing, which would put rookie first-round selection Caleb Farley in the spotlight. Farley has been absent in three of five games, and just 32 defensive snaps when active.
Allen should find room to air it out for at least 300 yards in Nashville on Monday Night Football.
Stefon Diggs Longest Reception
It would be helpful to have a healthy secondary with the Bills going to Nashville. If Fulton can’t go, then their lightly used rookie Caleb Farley is likely up in a starting role.
Stefon Diggs is going to be target No. 1 that the Titans must slow down. Diggs has caught 28 receptions for 374 yards and a touchdown through five games. He’s averaged 13.4 yards per reception.
Diggs had some big plays against the Chiefs in their win at Arrowhead. He finished with just 2 receptions, but they were big for 69 yards. Diggs had 34.5 yards per reception on the road.
He pulled in 7 receptions and 114 yards a week earlier against the Houston Texans. In just two games against the Titans, he’s recorded 209 yards on 17 receptions. Diggs should find room for at least a 26-yard reception on Monday night.
Ryan Tannehill Total Rushing Yards
Ryan Tannehill has some deceptive speed that a defense has to honor. Most defenses don’t give him much respect in this regard, though.
Not only is he a scrambler and able to pick up yards when things break down, but the Titans do have an option playbook that they go to with Tannehill occasionally. It has resulted in big yardage at times.
Tannehill has gained 130 yards on 17 attempts through five games this season. He had 366 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns in 16 games last year.
Tannehill has run for at least 15 yards in three of five games this season. In three of his previous four outings, Tannehill has galloped for a minimum of 21 yards.
The Bills are an aggressive and talented defense that can put the lid on the Titans’ offense, or at least serviceably enough. There will be times when Tannehill is likely going to pull it back and run with nothing open.