Colts vs Titans. There is nothing like a Thursday Night Football game that isn’t atrocious to watch. Yes, I’m talking about the Browns vs Bengals, Dolphins vs Jaguars, Giants vs Eagles and Panthers vs Falcons. It is absolute trash that makes me want to forget that there is football played on Thursdays. In fact, a MACtion Tuesday can sometimes get me more amped than a Thursday Night Football game that leaves us in despair. This week feels different. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are going head to head in a divisional matchup that should be interesting.
Both teams are playing good football at the moment and the Titans are proving that their 2019 playoff campaign wasn’t just a fluke. Rooted in first place in the AFC South, the Titans are 6-2. They will have one of their toughest matchups yet against a Colts defense that has been solid all season long.
Ryan Tannehill will go up against a Colts unit that is ranked first in QBR rating allowed at 78.5 and third in passing yards allowed per game at 206.4. Their run unit is even better, allowing just 3.3 yards per carry, that is first best in the league. They contained Lamar Jackson last week but they may not be able to do the same with Derrick Henry.
The Colts are 5-3 and in second place, right behind the Titans. They have dealt with some struggles so far with Philip Rivers but the plan to sign the veteran quarterback has worked out okay up to this point but the offense hasn’t been anything special and Rivers’ age has been exposed quite a bit. Historically, this is a great matchup for the Colts. They are 7-3 in their last 10 against the Titans and 14-3 in their last 17.
It gets even better for the Colts, in their last eight games playing in Nashville, they are 7-1. Clearly, they have been dominating this rivalry for the last decade or so but maybe this is the time that the Titans will step up and play a new game.
Colts Players to Watch:
Indianapolis Colts, Philip Rivers, Quarterback: This could be the most favorable matchup that Rivers has faced this season. The Titans rank 27th in the league in passing yards allowed to opponents. They are allowing the 18th most yards per play and are second to last in number of plays allowed. This tells me that Rivers can command the offense, keep his guys off the field on defense and put up a real show tonight.
Titans Players to Watch:
Tennessee Titans, Derrick Henry, Running Back: When Derrick Henry runs like a king, the Titans are typically crowned as such. Last week Henry was limited to under 70 yards. He is second in the NFL in rushing but most of that has to do with his massive games where he went for over 200 and a couple of 115. Don’t get me wrong, he is terrifying and he’s so scary that if he has a good game, it almost translates into a Titans win.
I have seen a lot of different lines for this game, Titans -1, Titans +2, Titans +2. I think the Titans get this monkey off their back against the Colts.
Colts 21 Titans 24
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com