The Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts are at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a Week 8 showdown.
This is an interesting matchup between the Titans and Colts, a 5-2 team playing with confidence after blowing out the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-3, and a team better than their record of 3-4 suggests.
The Titans were in control last week against the Chiefs, as they made what many expected to be a competitive game into a romp. The Titans’ offense didn’t do anything particularly special.
Rising to the occasion ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/9AsA5nMW0a
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 27, 2021
Ryan Tannehill passed for 270 yards with a touchdown and interception, while Derrick Henry had a pedestrian effort with 86 yards on 3 yards per carry.
If you were to just look at what Tannehill and Henry did and nothing else, you’d think that the Chiefs ran away with a win. It was in fact the opposite.
The Titans punched the Chiefs out for a 24-point win. For a team that generally depends on their offense, it was the defense that shined bright.
Patrick Mahomes had a miserable day, as he passed for 206 yards and an interception. He didn’t find the end zone, and the Chiefs didn’t even score a touchdown in the loss.
Huge credit to the Titans’ defense for such a standout performance. This was the second straight week that the Titans looked better than people expected.
In Week 6 they beat the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, 34-31. Then despite playing a short week, stomped the Chiefs. They have to bring that same energy to Indianapolis, because the Colts aren’t a squad to treat lightly.
On the hunt. pic.twitter.com/pG5tFIdHPN
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 28, 2021
The Colts might be 3-4, but they have shown at times to be better than what their record indicates. After a tough one to swallow after a 31-25 loss versus the Ravens in overtime, the Colts are back-to-back winners.
They beat the Texans, 31-3, and then followed up last week over the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday night, 30-18. The three wins for the Colts have come in their last four games. Head below for our free Titans vs. Colts pick on October 31, 2021.
Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Tennessee Titans||+2.5 (-105)||+125||Over 51 (-110)|
|Indianapolis Colts||-2.5 (-115)||-145||Under 51 (-110)|
|Team Data||Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts|
|Points Per Game||27.6||24.1|
|Points Against Per Game||23.4||21.3|
|Passing Yards Per Game||227.0||229.6|
|Rushing Yards Per Game||155.4||127.6|
Titans vs. Colts Prediction:
Ryan Tannehill has been in just alright form this season with 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 65.1% interceptions.
If he didn’t have Derrick Henry and a pretty good defense on this team, I think that Tannehill would be facing more criticism at the moment.
WR Julio Jones has been ruled OUT for Sunday's game + updated injury report.
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— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 29, 2021
Tannehill has been just okay and nothing for Titans’ fans to get excited about. He has a host of weapons to work with in this offense, so certainly if they’re going to get over the hump into contention mode, Tannehill will have to complete a play or two.
That’s going to be the case against the Colts. He will have to step up and make a play. The Colts have done a pretty fine job against quarterbacks this season.
They’ve allowed 243.1 yards per game through the air to rank in the top-half of the NFL. Their ability to stop the run has been about the same in terms of production, with 111 rushing yards allowed per game.
They’re best in the NFL at generating turnovers, and that could come in handy at home in this one. In a game I’m sure the Colts are going to get up for at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Titans must be focused.
Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Trends:
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog on the road
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the NFC South
- 6-14 ATS in their previous 20 games versus the Colts
- 5-15 overall in their previous 20 games versus the Colts
- OVER is 11-5 in their previous 16 games
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the AFC
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a winning record
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the AFC South
- 10-2 overall in their previous 12 games in October
Carson Wentz has been ten times better than he’s getting credit for in Indianapolis. He’s passed for 11 touchdowns and 1 interception on 64.4% completions.
Wentz has gone five straight games without throwing an interception. Since October 3 against the Miami Dolphins, he’s passed for 8 touchdowns and no interceptions.
That’s much better than most people realize with Wentz in 2021. The Colts have averaged 357.1 yards and 24.1 points per game for some respectable work this season.
The public is most likely going to back the Titans in this one after they looked so good against the Bills and Chiefs. However, the Colts have been playing well without the same attention as the Titans are receiving.
This looks like a good spot for the Colts to garner attention with a win over the Titans. The line has actually been moving in favor of the Colts despite what is probably decent money coming in on the Titans. I like the Colts to impress with a win at home.