It’s a Tuesday night party, folks, as the Buffalo Bills head south to take on the COVID-stricken Tennessee Titans. The last professional game to take place on a Tuesday was in 2010, when the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles played a Tuesday night affair necessitated by a blizzard.
It’s quite surprising that this game is even being played at all given the extent of Tennessee’s COVID-19 outbreak, as the Titans have had nearly two dozen players and staff members test positive for the virus. The Titans also broke protocols by having off-site practices while in the midst of a league-mandated shutdown. After all of the drama and the what-ifs, though, the game is here.
Josh Allen has quarterbacked the Bills to a 4-0 record, and he’ll face off against former Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who took over as Tennessee’s starting quarterback last year one week after the Bills dispatched a Marcus Mariota-led Titans squad 14-7. Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry, coming off a career year where he rushed for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns, will put major stress on the Bills’ defense, which ranks just 15th in points allowed and 19th in yards allowed after finishing last year second and third, respectively, in both categories.
Buffalo is without three key starters, as cornerback Tre’Davious White (back), linebacker Matt Milano (pec), and wide receiver John Brown (knee) are all out tonight.
Your first-half thread is here, ladies and gentlemen. Happy Tuesday, and most importantly, go Bills!