NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' upset win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night came with bad injury news as both cornerback Caleb Farley and receiver Cam Batson suffered torn ACLs and are finished for the season.

The loss of Farley, who the team selected with the 22nd overall pick in the April draft, is particularly tough.

Kristian Fulton went on IR before the Bills game and will miss at least the next two games so the Titans are now extremely thin at cornerback.

Caleb Farley

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Farley came into the NFL after opting out of his final year at Virginia Tech and had two surgeries on his back to deal with a herniated disc. He joined the Titans training camp workouts a week after the team started and he appeared in the team's final two preseason games. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel was getting ready to coach just his second NFL game and his roster was a mess.

His quarterback was out and so was Delanie Walker and he was down to his fourth and fifth tackles.

The Titans were installing Wildcat plays as late as Friday and Saturday and Vrabel came up with the formula to win: Forty. Seventeen. Two.

Mike Vrabel

To beat the Texans on Sept. 16, 2018, he ultimately told the Titans, they needed to run the ball 40 times, hold them to 17 points or fewer and force two turnovers.

They needed less than he anticipated. They won, 20-17 with 34 rush attempts and one takeaway.

Tonight’s game against the Bills on Monday Night Football isn’t nearly as complicated. But it feels a bit like that game, a matchup later that season against the Patriots, the playoff win in the 2019 season at Baltimore and last year’s win over the Bills after a 16-day, practice-and-a-half Covid-19 layoff.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton's hamstring injury will keep him out of Monday night football against the Buffalo Bills.

Kristian Fulton

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First-round draft pick Caleb Farley, who missed a day of practice sick, is likely to get his first NFL start in Fulton's place. He's played just 32 snaps in two games as a shoulder injury has limited him early in his first season.

Breon Borders could also be used as an alternative. [Unlocked]

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Titans' mail: Derrick Henry's work, Julio Jones' value and health tradeoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Well, hello!

Welcome to what should be a great football weekend.

Jeffery Simmons

It's been a bit since we gather to sort through some mail, so I've torn it open and selected the best of what you've given me and here we go.

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Scouting preview: Forcing Josh Allen into inaccurate throws a key for Titans vs. Bills

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have successfully game-planned versus Josh Allen and the Bills in the past.

Monday night at Nissan Stadium, they need to continue to pressure Allen and force him to make off-balanced throws that put him and his outstanding arm strength in uncomfortable positions that usually result in Allen throwing off target and inaccurate.Harold Landry sacks Josh Allen

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Lack of accuracy plagued Allen going back to college.

Allen has improved when he is allowed to set his feet and throw from a comfortable position.

When he reverts back to poor lower-body mechanics, he will throw with a wide-open stance and spray the ball on short to intermediate throws.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The pass protection focus has been on the offensive line, with tributaries flowing to quarterback ball-holding and wide-receiver separation.

The lack of explosive plays has been thoroughly discussed, with absences and injury limitations of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones clearly limiting what was supposed to be a dynamic offense.

Geoff Swaim

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But the absence of the Titans’ tight ends as a factor for the offense has not yet had it's turn under the spotlight – and there is some question as to how much that is tied to their deployment, as the team has made a significant move away from two-tight end formations.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The numbers working in Harold Landry’s favor: 4.5 and 14 in five.

The numbers working against Landry: three of 19.

The fourth-year edge rusher is doing the best work of his career in a contract year, which is always a little scary. But he is becoming one of the most valuable commodities in the NFL, a home-grown pass rusher.

Harold Landry

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He’s got 4.5 sacks and 14 pressures in the Titans’ first five games and had been relentless.

While his entire body of work will have to be considered, if the Titans don't manage to re-sign him after the season they will create a hole they’ve shown no knack for filling.

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Tennessee Titans Sword LogoNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sustaining an excellent offense and lifting a bad defense to merely mediocre was going to be a recipe to lift the Titans to the next level in 2021.

But through five games, that’s not how things have been panning out.

In a lot of ways, because the offense has dropped off, we’ve lost sight of the reasonable expectations of the defense. It's a point Jonathan Hutton wisely raised on Monday’s OutKick 360.

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