Can Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills rebound from a 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans that have devastated their Super Bowl 55 odds? Photo by @BillsQBWatch (Twitter).
- The Buffalo Bills have tumbled in the Super Bowl odds in the wake of Tuesday night’s blowout loss in Tennessee
- Injuries, tough schedule represent major challenges in Bills’ bid to rebound
- We’ve got you covered with all the updated Super Bowl 55 odds, and what to expect from the Bills in the weeks ahead
The Buffalo Bills saw their hottest start in a generation come to a screeching halt with Tuesday night’s stunning 42-16 loss to the depleted Tennessee Titans. While the Bills continue to lead the way in the AFC East with a 4-1 SU record, Tuesday’s defeat has had an immediate impact on the team’s position in the Super Bowl odds. Pegged as a +1400 bet entering Week 5, Buffalo has tumbled to +2000 in the wake of Tuesday’s loss.
Now facing a difficult five-game stretch that features dates with Kansas City, New England, Seattle, and Arizona, can the Bills rebound? Here’s a look at what lies ahead for the Bills, on the gridiron and at the sportsbooks.
Odds to Win Super Bowl 55
|Kansas City Chiefs||+400|
|Green Bay Packers||+1000|
|New Orleans Saints||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1800|
Odds taken Oct. 14 at DraftKings
Bills Waste No Time Blowing Tuesday Night Matchup
The Bills entered Tuesday night as a widely popular pick among sports bettors against a Titans squad that had endured a 16-day layoff while battling an outbreak of COVID-19. Notable for their stingy first-half defensive performances during a 4-0 SU start, the Bills needed just 80 seconds to commit the first of three turnovers that resulted in a pair of Tennessee Titans scores on the night.
This interception is definitely not Josh Allen’s fault. pic.twitter.com/6dtMvNqbQW
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 13, 2020
Much lauded for an early-season performance that vaulted him to near the top of the NFL MVP odds, quarterback Josh Allen wore the goat horns on Tuesday night, throwing a pair of interceptions after tossing just one pick through his first four outings. But while Allen makes for an easy target, responsibility for the defeat can be easily shared up and down the lineup.
With both LB Matt Milano and CB Tre’Davious White sidelined by injury, the Bills defense struggled to contain the Titans passing game. Ryan Tannehill connected on a trio of scoring tosses, including two first-half touchdown passes that mark the first time the Bills have surrendered multiple major scores before halftime since Week 11 of last season.
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Injuries a Concern as Competition Ramps Up
While Tuesday’s loss is likely to quietly raise the concerns of long suffering Buffalo football fans, it may prove to be a valuable wake-up call for this talented Bills squad. On Tuesday night, the Bills had the look of a team that was more focused on their upcoming Monday Night Football with the Chiefs than the job at hand. And Tennessee capitalized, ending a run of three narrow wins with a decisive victory.
Wednesday injury report: pic.twitter.com/dGkcSQGVlD
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) October 7, 2020
However, the speed with which the Bills’ walking wounded return to health will be crucial to the team’s bid to regain their lost momentum. In addition to Milano and White, Buffalo was also missing rusher Zack Moss and OL Quinton Spain on Tuesday night. And with White’s absence, the squad was also forced to turn to veteran CB Josh Norman, who has struggled with a hamstring injury all season.
Bills Will Rebound …Eventually
Those injuries deepen the challenge that Buffalo will face next week against a Chiefs squad eager to get back on track following their first defeat of the season, a 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Indeed, a loss to Kansas City next week are likely to extend the Bills’ slide in the Super Bowl odds.
However, upcoming back-to-back dates with the Jets and Patriots providing an opportunity to gain breathing room atop the divisional standings. Buffalo also enjoys a favorable schedule following their Week 11 bye.
Let’s take a walk down Narrative Street:
*Chiefs angry after losing to the Raiders at home on Sunday
*Bills angry after being crushed by the Titans tonight
Next: Chiefs @ Bills on Monday
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 14, 2020
With the Bills now licking their wounds, the next week is likely to present the best opportunity for believers to get in on Buffalo’s Super Bowl odds, before they inevitably rebound.
The Pick: Buffalo Bills (+2000)
Daniel has been writing about sports and sports betting for over 23 years. The seasoned pro has contributed to the likes of Sports Illustrated, Sportsnet, NESN, Bleacher Report, OddsShark, the Globe and Mail, and The Nation magazine.