Tuesday Night Football. One for the history books. The NFL has never played a regular season game on Tuesday night before. Just another weird quirk of our pandemic lives in 2020.
Tonight we have a game between two of the five remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. That makes this one of the best games of the season thus far. And anyone who would have predicted that sentence to be written two years ago take a bow.
The Bills come into this game riding the coattails of emerging star quarterback Josh Allen. Allen had a lot of detractors coming into this season, and he has done a great job of shutting them up. Averaging a ridiculous 330+ passing yards per game, with an even more ridiculous 122 passer rating, with 12 touchdown passes and just one interception, plus an additional three rushing touchdowns, Allen isn’t just playing like an NFL MVP. He’s on pace for one of the greatest seasons any NFL quarterback has ever produced. That has the Bills currently sitting pretty with the 3rd ranked offense in the NFL, something few foresaw coming into the season. Surprisingly, the Bills have struggled a bit on defense this year, the unit most thought would be the Bills biggest strength. The Bills have given up 25 points per game, and their pass defense has given up more than 300 yards per game the last three games, to a trio of quarterbacks in Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jared Goff and Derek Carr that doesn’t exactly strike terror in the hearts of opponents. If you want to beat the Bills, you probably need to do it through the air.
That isn’t necessarily welcome news to the 3-0 Titans, who would prefer to run the ball and run it some more if at all possible. The Titans run the ball more than all but two teams in the NFL, with Derrick Henry and a great Titans offensive line leading the way. The conservative, ball control approach has led to the Titans offense turning the ball over just one time all year. If the Titans running game isn’t effective, Ryan Tannehill will have to step up. Tannehill has been playing the best football of his life since coming to the Titans, but he is best used in conjunction with a strong running game, not as a bombs away throw it every down kind of quarterback. The Titans achilles heel this year has been their run defense, as they are giving up an atrocious 5.8 yards per carry to opposing offenses. If they can’t get that fixed this could be a long night for Tennessee.
It’s the Bills and the Titans in a battle of the undefeated on Tuesday Night Football, of all things.
Enjoy the game everybody.