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Buckle up, we could be getting Bills-Chiefs, Mahomes vs. Allen, next Saturday night in primetime

October 08, 2020

Right up front, we gotta say this: The Tennessee Titans organization is a freaking COVID MASH unit right now. It’s the Miami Marlins, but somehow more sinister. They’ve already had last week’s game with the Steelers rescheduled for October 25th, and just when it seemed like things were starting to level out, a whole new cluster of cases exploded, along with allegations that Titans players had been meeting outside of closed facilities to workout, spreading the virus despite their supposed quarantine. Some Titans players have even begun threatening the journalists behind those reports, which feels like a pretty cut and dry guilty verdict to us.

Needless to say, it’s been an unmitigated, unabashed, mess down in Nashville, where the Titans have recorded 23 positive tests since September 24th. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, that most likely resolution right now seems to be a Titans forfeiture of their Sunday game with the surging Buffalo Bills. Buttttt there is possibly, maybe, depending on which way the wind blows and how the next 48 hours of testing pans out, a pinprick of light at the end of this tunnel, and that light is the prospect of primetime Saturday night NFL football smack dab in the heart of college football season. Fasten those chinstraps, football fans.

So here’s the deal. We hope everyone gets healthy and stays healthy. We hope by the time the Super Bowl rolls around we’ve stayed home, worn our masks, done the work, and don’t have to ever think about COVID-19 again. But if that’s not realistic—and given the human nature on display so far this year, it’s probably not—then at least give us the consolation of Mahomes vs. Allen in primetime on Saturday night. There’s a better than good chance it doesn’t happen. Even if it does, there’s a strong possibility it’s an uncompetitive flag fest that hits the under by a full touchdown and makes TNF look like must-see TV. But maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance for some magic.