This article is part of our NFL Observations series.
The Titans made the AFC Title game last year, were 3-0 and playing at home, yet still were 3.5-point underdogs to the Bills. Some of it was the COVID-induced layoff, but the line was Bills minus one even before the subsequent positive tests pushed the game to Tuesday night.
- Josh Allen made some mistakes, though the first pick wasn't entirely his fault, and he slowed down his breakneck fantasy pace with only 263 passing yards and two passing TDs. Still, I thought he looked okay, making several unbelievable third-and-long conversions on the team's first drive.
- T.J. Yeldon racked up points in garbage time and made a nice TD catch, but I don't think that'll be an issue for Devin Singletary for the time being. Maybe it'll delay Zack Moss' return to a prominent role once he's healthy.
- Stefon Diggs (16-10-106) caught a lot of short stuff with John Brown out. Cole Beasley (6-6-53) and Gabriel Davis (9-5-58) also saw extra work in Brown's stead.
- Ryan Tannehill looked good, throwing for 195 yards, three scores, no picks, no sacks and rushing for 42 yards and a TD. Tannehill has been great since joining Tennessee, gets extra points on the ground and now has a healthy A.J. Brown again.
- Speaking of whom Brown (9-8-82-1) got right back into it with a TD on the first drive and a near-TD later in the game.
- Jonnu Smith (7-5-40-2) looks like a top-five fantasy TE right now. He's getting goal-line targets most weeks.
- Derrick Henry (19-57-2) didn't break any big runs, though he did straight-arm poor Josh Norman into the next dimension. It's one thing to be a washed up cornerback, getting beat by receivers and having PI penalties called against you, but being on the straight-armed-out-of-existence highlight reel is a bridge too far.
- Congrats to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on his one catch for seven yards. I know that catch helped at least one fantasy owner.