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Titans Home Game Against the Bills Moved to Tuesday Night

The Titans will not be in action again on Sunday after having their game against the Steelers last Sunday nixed.

Instead, the team will have to wait until Tuesday to take on the undefeated Bills, as the game was moved per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter: Titans Player Positive Covid Test Confirmed, Facility Still Closed

Things seemed to be on the upswing for the Titans all week when it came to Covid-19 tests, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that all has now changed, and it’s up in the air if Sunday’s game against the undefeated Bills is in jeopardy or not.

Clearly this is not the news the team or the NFL wanted, and the league already has been looking to slap the Titans with some type of penalty for the outbreak that they had two weeks back which cost them their scheduled game against the Steelers.

Stay tuned to see if the NFL lays down a decision or what’s next for the Titans and their club in this tough situation.

Titans to Open facility Wednesday, No New Positive COVID-19 Tests

It sounds like the Titans and Bills are a go for Sunday, this after there were no new positive Covid-19 tests on Tuesday.

A total of 20 Titans players and other staff members have returned positive coronavirus tests since Sept. 24.

Eight players last week, one this week and 11 overall this season — defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, linebacker Kamalei Correa, cornerback Kristian Fulton, wide receiver Adam Humphries, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, long-snapper Beau Brinkley, wide receiver Cameron Batson, tight end Tommy Hudson, fullback Khari Blasingame and cornerback Greg Mabin — have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell warned the league’s 32 teams Monday of penalties including potential forfeits of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force changes in the schedule.

The franchise has continued daily testing since the NFL told the Titans to close their facility on Sept. 29, and the league sent all 32 teams a memo Thursday with list of new protocols for clubs to follow when dealing with an outbreak or having been exposed to an outbreak during this coronavirus pandemic.

No New Covid-19 Tests for the Titans, Will They Play Sunday vs the Bills?

The Titans finally got some good news on Monday, as ESPN reported that the team received no new positive COVID-19 test results.

Right now the team has 20 members of the organization that have tested positive for COVID-19, which caused the game this last weekend between the Steelers and Titans to be pushed back to week seven.

Officials from the NFL and NFLPA have been in Tennessee since Friday, as they are looking to see what exactly caused the outbreak that forced the game to be pushed back a few weeks.

If the NFL and NFLPA find that at least one member of the Titans didn’t properly report being around someone with the coronavirus, it would be a violation.

It will be interesting to see if the league punishes the Titans for any reason, but as of now it looks like getting over the latest round and having no more positive tests is the big thing for the Titans so they can return to the field.

As of now it’s unknown if the team will be good to go Sunday as the club will host the Bills at home Sunday.

Titans Close Facility After Titans Players Test Positive for Covid-19

It was a day of chaos in the NFL and specifically for the Titans, as it was announced that at least three new players, and five new personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 according to reports.

The Titans suspended in-person club activities after the results came in on Tuesday morning. The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, have done the same.

The outbreak for the Titans came after one of the team’s assistant coaches, outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, did not travel with the team to Sunday’s game because he was placed in the league’s virus protocols.

With the facility being shut down till Saturday, it’s a wonder how the Titans will have the ability to prepare for Sunday’s home game with the 3-0 Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement.

“I don’t know what the league is going to do or what they’re going to decide, but if we are playing, we’re going to be prepared, stay in shape, and most importantly, stay quarantined,” Titans tight end Jonnu Smith said on the “Tiki and Tierney” show on CBS Sports radio on Tuesday.

Being prepared against the Steelers was going to be a task anyway, but now it got just that much harder given the news on Tuesday.

Was Going Sockless the Key for Titans Kicker Stephen Gostkowski?

Titans veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski? started his career in Nashville on a wobbly note, missing three field goals and a PAT in Week 1. Then the Super Bowl-winning kicker botched an extra point in Week 2.

Sunday, everything changed. The 36-year-old took his sock off and connected on six pivotal field goals in the Titans’ 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings to keep Tennessee undefeated, Kevin Patra of reports.

Gostkowski credited taking off the sock on his kicking foot for his sudden bout of accuracy after starting the season 3 of 6 on field goals.

“I practiced all summer without them,” Gostkowski said, via Terry McCormick of Titan Insider. “It’s a little like baseball. When you’re in a slump you want to try something else and you get on a roll. I think my experience playing multiple sports kind of helps deal with a little bit of a bind. In a sport like baseball, you strike out or get embarrassed, you turn the page. …We’re only three games in and I’ve got a long way to go and I’ve a lot of work to do, but I’m excited to help the Titans be 3-0.”

Sans sock, Gostkowski made field goals from 30, 31, 39, 51, 54 and 55 yards on Sunday. He became the first player to make 3-plus FGs of 50-plus yards in a game since Justin Tucker in Week 12, 2016.

Titans Announce Fans to Be Allowed in a Limited Capacity to Attend Home Games in 2020

Titans fans who love being live at games are rejoicing today at the news that fans are going to be allowed into Nissan Stadium for the rest of the 2020 season.

The team’s site announced Thursday that the stadium will “open at limited capacity beginning with the team’s October 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After that, the attendance will gradually increase for games in October with the goal of reaching a fixed capacity for the remaining games in November and December.”

This Sunday’s home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be closed to the general public.

The club released how the uptick in fans at home games will work moving forward:

The team’s October 4 game against the Steelers will be open to season ticket members up to 10 percent, which is roughly 7,000 fans in the lower bowl and club levels.

The October 11 game against the Bills will allow 12.5 percent, or roughly 8,600.

The October 18 game against the Texans will allow 15 percent, or roughly 10,400.

After that – the Titans are scheduled to play two games at Nissan Stadium in November (vs. Chicago and Indianapolis) and two games in December (vs. Cleveland and Detroit — capacity could reach 21 percent, roughly 14,500 fans, which is the maximum capacity the facility can accommodate under current CDC guidelines. Outside of the seating bowl, suites will operate at a limited capacity.

Who Will Win The AFC South?

It’s hard to find a more balanced division in the NFL than the AFC South. The two teams that went to the playoffs from the division in 2019 aren’t the betting favorites in 2020. That should tell you everything you need to know about how wide open the AFC South is this season.

Houston Texans

The Texans are the reigning AFC South champs but begin 2020 with the third-best odds to win the division at +350. They also have modest +5000 NFL line to win the Super Bowl, according to DraftKings. While Houston remains in good hands with Deshaun Watson, things will be a little different after the team traded away De’Andre Hopkins. Plenty of talent remains, but key figures Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks have a troublesome injury history that could leave Watson and company a little short-handed.

If the Texans aren’t firing on all cylinders offensively, it’ll be difficult to win given how poor the Houston defense was last season. On paper, the Texans don’t look any better on defense than they did a year ago. If J.J. Watt and the team’s young pass rushers can’t do a better job of pressuring quarterbacks, it’ll be difficult for the Texans to repeat as division champions.

Indianapolis Colts

One year after losing Andrew Luck on the eve of the season, the Colts are the betting favorites in the AFC South at +120. Indy is also +2200 to win the Super Bowl, potentially making them an intriguing dark horse. The biggest reason for optimism is the arrival of Philip Rivers. Granted, Rivers is 38 and coming off a down year, but he should be an upgrade of Jacoby Brissett. Keep in mind that Indy has a top-notch offensive line and had a top-10 rushing attack last year. Adding Rivers to the equation should result in a substantial step forward for the offense.

On the other side of the ball, the Indianapolis front-7 could help give the Colts a top-10 defense. The addition of DeForest Buckner is huge for the Indy defensive line, especially with Justin Houston on the outside. The Colts also have one of the best linebackers in the NFL in Darius Leonard. The Indy defense may not be elite in 2020, but they will be far from a liability and give the Colts a chance to return to the playoffs if Rivers turns out to be a good fit.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are undoubtedly the black sheep in the AFC South heading into 2020. They have the worst Super Bowl odds in the league at +17500 and are +2200 to win the division. This Jags team will compete for one thing this year and that is consensus pick for the worst team in the league. Not only are expectations low, but head coach Doug Marrone is squarely on the hot seat. Marrone is tying his fortunes to second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew, who provided a spark for the Jacksonville offense last year but will need a lot of help around him.

Marrone appears to be banking that the Jacksonville defense can get back to the same level attained in 2017. However, much of the star power from that defense is gone. Instead, the Jaguars will have to rely on four first-round picks from the last three drafts, including a pair of rookies, to give them a formidable defense. If the defense doesn’t improve considerably, it’s questionable whether Minshew can win games on his own.

Tennessee Titans

After reaching the AFC Championship Game last year, Tennessee has high hopes in 2020. Of course, the Titans only have the second-best odds to win the AFC South at +160 along with modest +2800 Super Bowl odds. There is little doubt that the Titans will be able to run the ball with Derrick Henry. The question is whether Ryan Tannehill can live up to his new $118 million contract. Can Tannehill build off what he did last season or will he prove to be little more than a game manager? The people who make NFL expert picks for a living feasted on the Titans last year against the spread, will that trend continue in 2020? 

Meanwhile, there are a few questions about the Tennessee defense, which was instrumental in the team’s playoff run last season. Both Jurrell Casey and Logan Ryan leave big shoes to fill. Plus, the Titans are going without a defensive coordinator after Dean Pees retired. Exactly how that will work and whether it’ll hinder the Tennessee defense remains to be seen.