After enjoying complete possession by the Buffalo Bills in their NFL season opener, the Los Angeles Rams face another tough opponent in another primetime game, one of their biggest AFC rivals, the Tennessee Titans.
Unfortunately for the Bills, it seems very likely that they will play their home opener without breakout wide receiver Gabriel Davis. Losing Davis would be a major blow to the Bills offense as he has firmly established himself as the No. 2 receiver behind two-time Pro Bowler Stefon Diggs.
Davis, who caught four touchdown passes during Buffalo’s heartbreaking playoff against the Chiefs last season and caught quarterback Josh Allen’s first scoring pass of the 2022 NFL season again against the Rams, suddenly surfaced Saturday with an ankle injury in the team’s injury report.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo offered more insight into Davis’ mysterious injury. Garafolo tweeted, “Davis suffered a sprained ankle in training yesterday in a non-contact game. The team is not ruling him out and hoping but he is very questionable for the #Titans game.”
While speaking with fellow NFL Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday, Garafolo revealed a somber update on the Bills’ earlier pick for the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Garofolo said that “it sounds to me like he’s more up the dubious side of the questionable”.
While two-time Pro Bowler Stefon Diggs is Allen’s No. 1 wide receiver, Davis has firmly established himself as his No. 2s are incredibly high.
NFL Network’s Adam Schein named Davis as one of his “guaranteed movers” for the 2022 NFL season.
“No Cole Beasley? No Emmanuel Sanders? No problem. It’s about time Gabriel Davis played Robin for Stefon Diggs’ Batman,” Schein wrote. “And shoot, sometimes the boy prodigy takes the leading role. Remember the last time we saw these bills in action? Davis had a playoff-record four touchdown catches and ended in a narrow loss to the Chiefs with a total of eight grabs for 201 yards. This guy is the truth, with 18 touchdowns in 37 career games (including the playoffs). He’s a big, deep threat with outstanding hands. No wonder his quarterback loves him.”
Allen and Davis seemed to pick up right where they left off as they played the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 1. Davis played in 57 of 58 of the team’s offensive snaps, catching Allen’s first touchdown pass of the game and finishing the night with four receptions for 88 yards.
At a performance on The Rich Eisen Show Last month Davis said he was incredibly confident going into this season because he has Allen as a teammate.
“Josh is a competitor. He wants to win,” Davis said Iron. “He comes into the huddle and calls the game, you’re ready to go. Everyone in the scrum and on the sidelines trusts him to lead this team to victory. So every time he calls a play, and as soon as we take a break, it’s like, ‘Okay, we’re going to make something happen.’ 17 is a guy you can trust to make this happen.”
While it’s unclear who will start in Davis’ place if he’s officially ruled out, veteran receiver Jake Kumerow or rookie Khalil Shakir could enter the Bills Monday night soccer as a 9.5-point favorite to beat the Titans.
Part of the reason the Bills are so popular is the fact that Tennesse was stunned by the Giants in Week 1 with a 21-20 excitement after leading 13-0 at halftime. Titans kicker Randy Bullock had a chance to win the game but missed a 57-yard field goal after time was up.
In the last four games Buffalo has played Tennessee, they tied 2-2, but last season the Titans came into the game as a 6-point underdog and defeated Buffalo 34-31.