Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Date and Time: Monday, October 16, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium
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Colts vs. Titans TV Coverage: ESPN
The Colts gritted out 26-23 home win and cover versus San Francisco in overtime last week to tally their second win of the young season. Chuck Pagano’s squad has done a decent job treading water as Andrew Luck tries to nurse himself back to full health. The hope is that they can prolong their mediocrity at least until their former Pro Bowl shot caller can return under center. That won’t happen this week with Luck already announced as being out for this clash.
Jacoby Brissett has done a much better job leading the Colts attack than Scott Tolzien did before being benched. He’s thrown for 997 yards and added another 83 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. However, his 2:3 TD/INT ratio leaves much to be desired, and it will likely be a deciding factor in how this game plays out. The backfield looks to now be a timeshare with Frank Gore and Marlon Mack splitting up the carries with the former getting 14 of 35 last week.
It’s been a swift fall from grace for the Titans since blowing up in the second half of their Week 3 tilt with the Seahawks to secure the 33-27 win and cover as 2-point favorites. Since then, Mike Mularkey’s troops went on the road and got smashed by Houston 57-14 and followed it up with a less than inspiring effort against the Dolphins in falling 16-10 in a pick ‘em match. They return home for this one looking to get back to their winning ways, hopefully with Marcus Mariota back under center.
The offense was a train wreck without him last week in combining for less than 200 yards of total offense even though it held onto the pigskin for just over half the game. Veteran Matt Cassel isn’t the answer after throwing for just 141 yards and a score on 32 pass attempts. Terry Robiskie needs Mariota’s legs back to utilize as a weapon to keep opposing defenses honest. Miami was able to shut the Titans down on the ground limiting DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry to a combined 67 yards on surprisingly only 18 attempts.
Matchup to Watch
Regardless of whether Mariota is a go for this one or not, you can expect the Titans to fire up the running game. Especially after it proved to be grossly ineffective in South Beach last week. Indianapolis has conceded just over 103 rushing yards per game, and has allowed opposing backs to roast them for an average of 4.9 yards per carry over the last three weeks. The Titz average 124.8 rushing yards per game ( No. 9 ), and when firing on all cylinders, are one of the most potent rushing attacks the league has to offer. Murray got Indy for 107 yards and a touchdown at home last season. If Tennessee is to protect its home turf in this one, the ground attack must go off.
Colts vs. Titans Picks
As crazy as this might sound, this Week 6 clash with the Colts just might be the Titans biggest game of the season. They enter it off two straight ugly losses, and when you pair that with the fact that Indianapolis has come out on top in each of the last 11 confrontations ( 1-10 ATS ), it becomes painfully clear that Tennessee must show up for this one if it’s to indeed challenge for the AFC South title. Look for the ground attack to pace what should be a much better offensive effort, and for the defense to build upon last week’s effort in Miami where it limited the Dolphins to just 178 yards of total offense in defeat. Indianapolis has gotten throttled in its two played road games to date, and Monday night should be no different. Be sure to shop around for odds at a few sportsbooks to lock in the best number on Tennessee.
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Colts vs. Titans Score Prediction: Titans 35 - Colts 17