The Buffalo Bills could be without two important pieces of their defensive line next Monday. Thursday’s injury report included defensive tackles Ed Oliver and Tim Settle. The game status for both remains in the air as the Bills prepare for a Monday Night football game against the Tennessee Titans.

That has to be considered bad timing.

After all, the Titans have managed to run on the Bills over the past three years. Derrick Henry is still a menace in the NFL but he’s had particularly good performances against the Bills. That includes Henry’s 143-yard, three-touchdown game in 2021. Although it’s a number inflated by last year’s game, Henry has averaged 93 yards per game since 2019 versus the Titans.

A banged-up defensive front could open the door for the Titans to do what they like best. Pounding the rock with that who they nickname The King. Even though the Bills’ DaQuan Jones had a very good game last week, Settle and Oliver are a huge part of this defense.

Bills-Titans matchups tend to be close affairs. Six of the last seven meetings between these teams have been decided by one score, actually. Can the Titans make this an ugly game by running the football versus a defense built to defend the pass in a pass-happy AFC?

I’ll tell you what. The Bills are too talented to predict them to lose this game, but I’m definitely not taking the points in the betting world. Mike Vrabel’s squad should be able to keep it close in primetime.

The injury report is something to watch throughout the week. Getting at least one of Settle and Oliver to suit up on Monday would be huge for Buffalo.

Another key absence for the Bills’ defense

A new name on Buffalo’s injury report was cornerback Dane Jackson. Although the Titans’ passing attack isn’t nearly as scary as it was when they were supposed to have A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, heading into this game with a big lack of experience at corner could provide Ryan Tannehill several opportunities.

Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam are both promising rookies, but having them both start outside is worrisome even against an underwhelming skill position group like Tennesee’s.

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