Here’s a preview of the week 6 matchup between the Bill and the Titans. As of Friday morning, no rain was in the forecast.
Buffalo Bills (4-1) at Tennessee Titans (3-2)
- Time: 8:15 p.m. EDT
- Line: Bills by 5.5 (53.5)
The skinny: The Bills continue their revenge tour when they face the host Titans, who beat them in Nashville last season, 42-16.
Facts: Both teams hold two-game leads in their divisions. Buffalo is coming off its 38-20 victory at Kansas City, which was a rematch of last season’s AFC title game, won against the Chiefs, 38-24. It was the second straight game the Bills had a plus-4 turnover edge. In last year’s lopsided Titans win over Buffalo, Tennessee had plus-3 turnover edge and a 29-yard advantage in average starting field position (46/17), the biggest margin for any team last season. Tennessee welcomes back WR Julio Jones, who missed the past two weeks. Titans workhorse RB Derrick Henry, the league’s runaway rushing leader, has had four straight 100-yard games. But in last year’s meeting, had his lowest output of the regular season, 57 yards on 19 carries. Buffalo had a Week 5-high 103 yards in penalties, but still bashed KC.
Bills Vs. Titans Odds
Analysis: Giving the home team a boost will be the return of LB Bud Dupree the ex-Steelers standout who had a total of 19.5 sacks the past two seasons. And as for Henry, who’s on pace to shatter the record for most carries in a season, he’s likely to wear down somewhat later this year, but not now. If the Titans can give QB Ryan Tannehill time, he should be able to victimize the Bills’ secondary with Jones and A.J. Brown both in the lineup for the first time in three weeks. And if Buffalo opts to pay extra attention to them, that naturally opens up the team’s punishing running game. But not enough to get a win.
Forecast: Bills 31, Titans 30
Last week: 7-8-1 ATS; 10-6 SU
Season total: 45-33-2 (.577) ATS; 53-27 (.663) SU