The NFL is set up with another great week of action in Week 10. To kick off the week of action the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans will meet on Thursday Night Football. These two teams are battling it out for the division. I expect a great game as these two teams look for a big win. This game will kick off at around 8:20 PM Eastern time on Thursday Night.
The Colts have put up a record of 5-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the AFC South. Indianapolis has done well throughout this season, but are coming off a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Colts are right on the tails of the Titans and will look for a big win on Thursday night. Look for Indianapolis to get going early as they look for their defense to stump the Titans.
Tennessee has put up a record of 6-2 throughout this season, which has them in first place of the AFC South. The Titans have looked good throughout this season, but dropped back to back games a couple of weeks ago. Tennessee was able to bounce back with a win at home last week and will need to make the most of the short week coming into this one.
These two teams are fighting on top of the AFC South, which will make this a very important matchup. The Colts are a game behind in the division, but could make up some ground with a win on Thursday. Tennessee has dropped two of their last three games and will need to find some rhythm if they are to take the win in this one.
The Colts and the Titans met up twice throughout last season. The first meeting was in Tennessee in Week 2. Marcus Mariota had a touchdown pass, while Derrick Henry had a rushing touchdown. It was not enough though. Jacoby Brissett threw three touchdown passes, including one late to T.Y. Hilton to give Indianapolis a 19-17 win on the road.
The second meeting of the season series was in Indianapolis in Week 13. Jacoby Brissett had a passing touchdown, while Nyheim Hines rushed for another. Ryan Tannehill had two passing touchdowns and Derrick Henry rushed for another. Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown to help secure a 31-17 win for Tennessee on the day.
Indianapolis is coming off a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. Jonathan Taylor opened up the scoring with a rushing touchdown, but the Colts could not get much offense going after that. Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson both had rushing touchdowns, while Chuck Clark returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Ravens were able to dominate for a 24-10 win on the road.
The Titans faced off against the Chicago Bears at home in Week 9. Nick Foles threw two touchdowns to cap off a 17 point fourth quarter, but it still was not enough for Chicago. Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, while Desmond King returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Titans were able to earn a 24-17 win to snap a two game losing streak.
The Colts have Philip Rivers starting under center this season for them. Rivers has struggled a bit, throwing for 2087 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Rivers was stumped against the Ravens defense last week, going 25-43 for 227 yards and an interception on the day. Indianapolis will need him to step up if they want to take control of the division.
Tennessee has Ryan Tannehill as their starting Quarterback this season. Tannehill has continued to play well after stepping into the starting spot for them last season. He has thrown for 1981 yards, 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this season. Tannehill went 10-21 for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns last week against the Bears.
Neither Quarterback had a great week last week as they both faced tough defenses. The defenses will play a big role in this one again as they try and slow down the opposing team. Rivers has had a rough season in terms of touchdown to interception ratio, which he will look to turn around in this one. Tannehill will look to keep up his hot season by knocking off his division rival.
Offense vs Defense
Indianapolis has been around middle of the league this season when it comes to offensive numbers. The Colts have scored 208 points and gained 2884 yards of offense, which is 15th and 19th in the league this season. The Colts have allowed opposing teams to score 160 points, which is 3rd in the NFL. Indianapolis has also allowed 2320 yards, which is 1st in the league.
The Titans have been clicking on offense throughout this season. Tennessee has been able to score 232 points, which is 7th in the NFL. The Titans have also gained around 3077 yards of offense, which is 10th best in the league. Tennessee has given up 201 points and 3153 yards throughout this season, which is 16th and 25th in the NFL.
The Colts defense will have their hands full with a duel threat of an offense this week. The Titans have a great running back in Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill has shown that he can throw the ball all over the field. Indianapolis could get their offense going against a Tennessee defense that has given up a lot of yard this season. If the Colts offense can start clicking in this one, it could be enough for the road win.
The Colts are coming off a tough loss to Baltimore last week and I think that Indianapolis will come out strong in this one. The Titans offense has been doing well this season, but I believe that the Colts defense can shut them down. Indianapolis has been a bit inconsistent on offense, but they could get going against a Tennessee defense that has allowed a lot of yard to opposing teams.
BetOnline has this game listed as a pick against the spread. This gives even odds to either team to take it. I like Indianapolis coming in off a tough loss. I expect the Colts to look to turn things around quickly to take the division lead. Indianapolis has the better defense, which makes me like their chances even on the road. I am taking the Colts on Thursday Night.