The Buffalo Bills will meet the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Monday Night Football in Week 6 of the NFL season.
The two teams currently boast winning records, although the Bills would have to be considered the favourite to win for those who bet on the NFL game tonight as they have been unstoppable in their last few matches.
They are currently being bestowed with the crown of being the best AFC team in the entire Conference and after their comprehensive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, it would be hard to argue with that statement at this moment in time.
Starting with the hosts, the Titans managed to inflict a 37-19 victory on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5, although the comfortable win margin perhaps does not highlight some of the problems that currently exist within the organization.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing Mike Vrabel’s team at the moment is the defense, as they continue to allow a number of yards to go against them.
Rookie quarterback and number 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence managed to throw for 273 yards, thus giving up a total of 8.3 yards per attempt. Indeed, the Titans’ numbers on the year against the pass do not make for exceptional reading, either, as they head into their contest with the Bills. Heading into Week 6, they were ranked 21st with a 100.3 rating, whilst ranked 28th in yards per attempt (8.4).
If there is a positive for the Titans, though, in defense, then Harold Landry is that bright spot as he has managed to get half a sack or more in four of the five game weeks to have been played thus far, with two picked up last week.
Buffalo came to Tennessee relatively unscathed from their contest with Kansas City in Week 5, as Josh Allen was only hit once and managed to go the whole game without being sacked. Of course, that allowed him to run the ball himself 11 times for a total of 59 yards and one touchdown in their 38-20 victory in primetime on Sunday Night Football.
In a game where he managed to obtain 3 touchdowns, throw 315 yards with a 139.1 passer rating (his 3rd straight game with a 100+ rating) and 12.1 yards per attempt to improve to 12 touchdowns for the season with just two picks, he also showed that he has more than one weapon in attack as he managed to spread the ball around to a number of his receivers instead of focusing on Stefon Diggs.
He managed to find Dawson Knox on multiple occasions (including a touchdown score), Emmanuel Sanders (5 targets, 3 receptions, 2 touchdowns) and Diggs.
The Titans will likely focus on the ground game on Monday Night Football, as Derrick Henry put in another stellar performance when rushing with the ball against the Jaguars in Week 5.
The running back managed to carry the ball for 130 yards, with 4.5 yards being made on each carry as an average as he ran into the end zone on three occasions, thus making it four straight games over triple digits and over four yards per carry. Heading into Week 6, he ranks first in total touchdowns with seven, and 1st in yards per game (128.0).
He will want to exploit the Bills here, as their defense struggled against the run last week, allowing 23 carries to go for 120 yards at an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Admittedly, though, it was a certain Patrick Mahomes that managed to get most of the run game going for the opponents.
However, that may have been a blip as they have managed to keep teams to an average of 3.7 yards per carry (4th in the NFL) and 78.4 yards per game (3rd).
Ryan Tannehill may be able to throw the ball efficiently and effectively, however the Bills’ defense is heading into Week 6 as the number one defense against the pass, with a 60.7 rating (1st) and just 5.4 yards per attempt allowed (1st). The defense also is ranked top five in sacks (14) and top 5 on pressuring the quarterback; which will be alarming for the Titans as they have allowed the most sacks in the league (20).
Expect the Buffalo Bills to improve to 5-1 for the season and win by a score of 32-24 on Monday Night Football.