Monday Night Football pits the AFC South versus the AFC East as the Tennessee Titans (0-1) take on the Buffalo Bills (1-0). The Bills will host this one at Highmark Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 pm ET.
The Bills come in as heavy favorites playing at home. They are -460 to win, while the Titans’ moneyline sits at +360. The spread features Tennessee +10 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 47.5.
Titans Look To Bounce Back From Rough Opening Week
After taking a 13-0 lead into halftime in Week 1 against the New York Giants, it appeared that Tennessee would cruise in the second half to an opening week win. Instead, their defense gave up a total of 238 rushing yards and allowed the Giants to upset the 5.5-point home favorites.
The competition gets much stiffer this week, which is why Tennessee needs to rely on superstar running back Derrick Henry even more. Last week, he rushed 21 times for 82 yards, but head coach Mike Vrabel seemed hesitant to really put the team on Henry’s back as the running back returns from a fractured foot.
Under center for Tennessee is quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He had a decent showing last week, throwing for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He found Dontrell Hilliard for touchdowns twice in the defeat.
This week, the Titans will need Henry, Tannehill, and their defense to step up if they hope to take down the Bills on the road.
Buffalo Proving Why They Are Super Bowl Favorites
At +500, the Buffalo Bills are the favorites to win Super Bowl LVII. In Week 1, they did nothing to dispel this belief as they trounced the reigning Super Bowl champion L.A. Rams 31-10.
Josh Allen, who at +380 is the favorite to win the MVP this year, was fantastic last week. While he did throw two interceptions, he finished the game with 297 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also was their leading rusher, going for 56 yards and a score on the ground.
Stefon Diggs (122 yard receiving, one touchdown) and Gabe Davis (88 yards receiving, one touchdown) were also solid in the win.
The one area that the Bills could still use a boost at is in their backfield. Devin Singletary led all rushers not named Josh Allen with just 48 yards on eight carries.
Take Bills To Win And Cover
It is always tough to bet on NFL teams to cover double-digit spreads, but this year’s version of the Bills might be the exception. They seemed absolutely explosive against the Los Angeles Rams, and they have had almost a week and a half to prepare for a Titans team that was shell-shocked last week.
It is worth noting that the Bills have had some struggles with the Titans in recent years, losing two of the last three matchups. For the Titans, the key is to get Derrick Henry going and to not ease up on the run game.
The problem for Tennessee is if they get down, they may have to abandon the ground game, which puts the pressure on Ryan Tannehill. In that scenario, Tennessee doesn’t have the weapons to keep up with the Bills.
Take Buffalo to win and to cover the -10 spread (-110).