For a second straight week, the high-flying Buffalo Bills (4-1) are featured under the lights and on the national stage as they travel to take on the Tennessee Titans (3-2) on Monday Night Football. Books are firmly camped in Buffalo’s corner while tipping this game on a 6-point spread, and the public is here for it and grabbing the Bills at -6 for NFL picks against the spread.
This is understandable. The Bills are on an absolute tear, and they’re riding a four-game winning streak into Week 6. But they’re coming up against a Titans outfit that could be primed to bring the Bills back down to earth with a bang. Indeed, this game has UPSET ALERT written all over it, and that’s why it’s the feature matchup of our choice NFL Upset of the Week column.
Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Preview
Bills On A High
The Buffalo Bills are on one hell of a magic carpet ride of you’re so wonderful, let us make you feel extra special and cuddly. Receiving praise and adulation for their statement-making upset over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Any more praise and they might just reach the stratospheric heights Jeff Bezos and William Shatner reached in Blue Origin this week.
For Buffalo, coming back down to earth isn’t going to be easy after accomplishing the very thing that many in the NFL media argued would define the Bills, validate their Super Bowl 56 odds, and spark the changing of the guard debate in the AFC. But come down they must by hook or crook.
A strict, self-managed comedown would be ideal. Josh Allen hinted at that in his post-game interview, pointing out the fact that the Bills haven’t really won anything of note. They’d celebrate the win that day, but it would be back to business for the next game.
But the Bills are back in primetime this week with a tough matchup against a Tennessee Titans side that’s starting to run to the pitter-patter beat of Derrick Henry’s cleats. With raised expectations, and the entire nation paying the Bills more attention than they’ve ever known before, watching their every move on the field with a keen eye for detail, the Bills could be forgiven for having a letdown in this spot. It’s certainly possible seeing that they’ve just cleared a major hurdle, but also because the Titans give off dangerous floater vibes.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 16, 2021
The Titans were slow coming out of the gates, but in recent weeks they’ve been limbering up nicely. Recently, the Titans ran over the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-19, with Henry in the driver’s seat as he cruised for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Henry is on a furious pace this season which is set to break all kinds of records, including the single-season total rushing yards record. There’s not enough hyperbole to describe what Henry has done over the last couple of years, and if he maintains the pace he’s on right now, he’ll potentially become the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,500 yards and score at least 15 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
Henry is the heart of the Titans’ offense, and thanks to his breathtaking runs, he helped the Titans to victories over the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans did suffer a shocking upset against the New York Jets a couple of weeks ago, but it was an oversight that shouldn’t have happened.
We've seen jumpin' @JoshAllenQB before!
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 11, 2021
NFL Picks and Predictions: Back Titans
Typically, letdowns are full of the things that are symptomatic of bad losses — some misfortune mixed with missed opportunities and self-inflicted mistakes that are brought on by bad decision-making, forcing the issue and going for too much.
Short of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to say this is certain to be the case for Buffalo on Monday night. But it could be. It happened to them in Week 1 in a loss to the Steelers. It can happen again against the Titans.
Let’s not forget, the Titans will be motivated to make a statement of their own against the Bills. They ran out of Seattle after stealing the win right out of the Seahawks’ clutches, covering as the +6½ road underdogs. They’ll fancy their chances at home as the 6-point pups too.
At the very least, the Titans could keep this game close and steal the cover as the home dogs. However, don’t be surprised if the Titans run through the Bills for the win too.