Pellegrino: Unlikely unbeatens clash on unusual night

Tue., Oct. 13 — 7 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills (4-0) at Tennessee Titans (3-0)

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

Television: CBS

Commentators (subject to change): Tom McCarthy (PBP), Jay Feely (analyst), A.J. Ross (sidelines),

BILLS at TITANS

The National Football League is doing anything possible to avoid adding the 18th week to the regular-season schedule. Thus, this COVID-19 delayed game between a pair of undefeated clubs — Buffalo (4-0) and Tennessee (3-0) — will become just the second Tuesday night game in the NFL since World War II.

Only three other NFL clubs — Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and Seattle –are also unbeaten upon exiting Week 5 of the season.

This will be the 48th meeting between clubs which each began as founding franchises in the  American Football League back in 1960; the Titans were the original Houston Oilers, moving to Tennessee in 1997. Tennessee leads the series, 28-19, but Buffalo has taken the past three meetings, capped by a 14-8 decision last season.

Buffalo is off to its best start this century, last going 4-0 inn 1992 en route to a Super Bowl appearance.  The Bills’ last 5-0 start came in 1991; a 9-1 start was registered in 1989. Each of these seasons, the club was under Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The best start came in 1963, going on to defeat the defending champion San Diego Chargers for the AFL crown.

Meanwhile, the Titans are gunning for their record 10-0 mark from 2008, a season which ended in major disappointment following a one-and-done playoff exit from the Baltimore Ravens. Since that defeat, 13-10, Tennessee went eight seasons without a playoff ticket before earning a berth in 2017, then advancing to the AFC championship game last winter.

Indeed, both franchises seem to be on the rise, making this matchup important for potential tie-breaker situations to determine playoff seeds.

The biggest question mark for the Bills is the availability of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. He was drafted out of Virginia Tech in 2018, yet made the 2019 Pro Bowl as a rising star for the defense by averaging well over 100 tackles per season.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo offense ranks fifth in the league in total scoring. QB Josh Allen already owns 12 touchdown passes. Last week, he posted 288 passing yards against Las Vegas, ending a 3-game streak of 300-plus yards.

The Titans will miss wide-out A.J. Brown, but since they haven’t played in 16 days, they’re relatively healthy. However, missing Brown might be okay since the Titans employ a more balanced attack.

QB Ryan Tannehill has posted half of the passing yards and TDs of Allen, thanks to the ground attack anchored by running back Derrick Henry, who is averaging more than 100 yards per outing.

This is the first of three straight home games (and five-in-six) for Tennessee.

Check for game day reports on this ballgame’s status since no less than two dozen members of the Titans organization (including 10 players) have tested positive for COVID-19.

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