Get to Know Buffalo Bills Week 2 Opponent: Tennessee Titans
By Adam Hayward
The Buffalo Bills opened their 2022 campaign in style, defeating the defending Super Bowl champs on their home turf. They crushed the Los Angeles Rams 31-10 while putting up some impressive stats. It was a huge statement-making game for the Bills, as they sent a strong message to the entire NFL.
Now the Bills will be playing in primetime yet again, as they host the Tennessee Titans (0-1) on Monday Night Football. The Titans got off the wrong foot to start their season, losing to the New York Giants at home 21-20. Following a Daniel Jones touchdown pass and two-point conversation, Tennessee marched down the field looking to cap off a game-winning drive. But a blocked Randy Bullock field goal thwarted any chance at victory.
As of right now, the Titans are 16th in the league in terms of total offense. As for defense, they are ranked 24th. With A.J. Brown now on the Philadelphia Eagles and Harold Landry lost for the year with an ACL injury, this Titans team is weaker than the squad that finished first in the AFC last year.
Tennessee Titans dealing with a number of injuries ahead of their matchup with the Buffalo Bills
As it stands right now, Tennessee has a hefty amount of players on their injury report. Kristian Fulton, the Titans’ starting corner, did not participate in practice with a hamstring injury. Ditto for Dontrell Hillard, the Titans’ backup running back.
Wide receiver Kyle Phillips, who led the team with 62 receiving yards in Week 1, has been limited by a shoulder injury. There are also players from the offensive line on the injury report as well, with left tackle Taylor Lewan having a knee injury and center Ben Jones out for non-injury-related reasons.
Odds seem to favor the Bills prevailing over the Titans, as oddsmakers have Buffalo as the -9.5 favorite. In the last Bills-Titans matchup, in 2021, Tennessee won in Nashville 34-31 as Henry rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns. But now with Buffalo sporting an improved defensive line – one that limited the Rams to just 52 yards on the ground – the Bills can turn the odds in their favor this time around.