For the third consecutive week, the Buffalo Bills take on an opponent that handed them a painful loss over the past two seasons.
The Bills (4-1) continue their revenge tour when they head to Nashville, TN to take on the Tennessee Titans (3-2) on Monday Night Football.
Through the first two weeks of this three-week tour, the Bills have enacted sweet revenge on their foes, soundly defeating the Houston Texans (beat Buffalo in a 2019 Wild Card game) and the Kansas City Chiefs (both a regular-season loss and a setback in the 2020 AFC Championship game) in consecutive weeks.
Last year, the Titans embarrassed the Bills 42-16 while handing Buffalo its first loss of the 2020 season.
Coming off their biggest game of the year, a 38-20 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, the Bills get another chance to make a statement before the national television audience in Week 6.
Last week, Buffalo’s defense contained Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Week 5, forcing Mahomes into two interceptions, including a pick-six from Micah Hyde, while forcing and recovering a pair of fumbles. Rookie edge rusher Greg Rousseau earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording a sack, a tackle for a loss, five total tackles and the first interception of his career.
Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns, Dawson Knox caught three passes for 117 yards and a score, and Emmanuel Sanders hauled in two touchdowns as Buffalo’s offense eclipsed 35 points for the fourth straight week.
The Bills are searching for their fifth straight win since dropping a 23-16 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener.
Tennessee is coming off a 37-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars behind Derrick Henry’s 130 rushing yards with three touchdowns, and a 30-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Kevin Byard.
Coming off a 2,000-yard season in 2020, Henry once again leads the league in rushing yards through the first five weeks. But while Henry has been extremely successful during his career, including winning NFL rushing titles in each of the past two seasons, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has devised great game plans to limit Henry over the last three meetings with Buffalo.
Frazier’s Buffalo defense has held Henry to only 63.7 yards per game on 3.82 yards per carry with three touchdowns, compared to the 101.3 yards per game and 5.1 yards per rush Henry has put up since the start of the 2018 season.
Monday’s game is the 49th meeting all-time between the Bills and Titans. The Titans lead the series 29-19, including that 42-16 triumph on a rare Tuesday night game, Oct. 13, 2020.
Buffalo’s last win in the series came on Oct. 6, 2019. Duke Williams hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to snap a 7-all tie and propel the Bills to a 14-7 victory.
Buffalo is listed as a 5.5-point favorite. The Bills will be wearing their white jerseys with blue pants and white helmet. Here are all the ways to catch Monday night’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2021
Time: 8:15 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on ESPN.
Announcers: Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline reporter).
Streaming: FuboTV and the Buffalo Bills app (especially helpful for those with Directv)
Location: Nissan Stadium | Nashville, TN
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Twitter: Follow @BuffRumblings for complete Bills coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game.
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Friday Injury Report
Buffalo Bills (Thursday)
- Full participant: G Jon Feliciano (elbow).
- Limited participant: OL Ryan Bates (ankle), LB Matt Milano (hamstring).
- Did not practice: RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring).
Tennessee Titans (Thursday)
- Full participant: WR A.J. Brown (hamstring), OLB Bud Dupree (knee), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (hamstring).
- Limited participant: FB Kharl Blasingame (shoulder), T Taylor Lewan (toe), RB Jeremy McNichols (ankle), WR Chester Rogers (groin).
- Did not practice: CB Caleb Farley (illness), CB Kristian Fulton (hamstring), LB Monty Rice (groin), G Rodger Saffold III (shoulder), DT Tealr Tart (toe).