The Buffalo Bills (3-1) travel south to face the Tennessee Titans (2-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday in a Week 5 clash. The Bills are looking to rebound from their first loss of 2019 following another heartbreaking setback against the New England Patriots.
Both the Bills and Titans find themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff race, and Sunday’s game could have a big impact on the Wild Card standings at the end of the year, especially if both of these teams finish with a 10-6 or 9-7 record.
For that reason alone, this is the most important game yet for the Bills in 2019.
It’s unknown the status of Buffalo’s second-year quarterback, Josh Allen, who suffered a concussion at the beginning of the fourth quarter of Week 4’s 16-10 loss to the Patriots.
Matt Barkley came on in relief of Allen, and if Allen is unable to play vs. the Titans, Barkley will be tasked with getting the Bills back on track in Nashville. Allen was a limited participant in practice Thursday and participated in individual drills on Wednesday. It appears, barring any setbacks, that Allen will be on track to suit up at QB on Sunday.
The Titans are coming off a 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons and will bring one of the league’s best defenses into this match-up. No team has scored more than 19 points vs. the Titans. On the other side of the ball, the Titans’ offense has been erratic at best, averaging only 16 points per game over their last three games after exploding for 43 points in a Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns.
This will be the 47th meeting all-time between the Bills and Titans, and if recent history is any indicator, this game will go down to the wire.
The Titans lead the series 28-18, with Buffalo earning a 13-12 victory in the last match-up on Oct. 7, 2018 thanks to a 46-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal as time expired. It marked the third straight one-point game in the rivalry, with Buffalo also winning 14-13 on Oct. 11, 2015 and the Titans prevailing 35-34 on Oct. 21, 2012
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
Location: Nissan Stadium | Nashville, TN
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Full participant: WR Cole Beasley (ankle), WR Robert Foster (groin), C/G Spencer Long (ankle), CB Tre’Davious White (ankle).
- Limited participant: QB Josh Allen (concussion), FB Patrick DiMarco (concussion), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), S Dean Marlowe (concussion), RB Devin Singletary (hamstring).
- Did not practice: TE Tyler Kroft (ankle), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), LB Corey Thompson (ankle).
- Full participant: LB Daren Bates (ankle), S Kenny Vaccaro (groin), TE Delanie Walker (knee).
- Limited participant: G/T Kevin Pamphile (knee).
- Did not practice: RB David Fluellen (knee), DE Cameron Wake (hamstring).