Date/Time: November 14th, 8:25 PM ET
Television: NFL Network
Spread: Colts -2.5
The Indianapolis Colts can essentially lock up the AFC South title on Thursday night if they can figure out how to go on the road and beat the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville.
The Colts really looked like they were rolling right along before last week. They had knocked off a pair of defending division winners in the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans in back to back weeks, and there was really no way that the team was going to get derailed. And then Indy lost 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams. It was a shocking loss for a team that had already gone on the road this year and beat the Tennessee Titans, and it serves as a reminder that anyone can beat anyone else on any given day. It was the second awfully suspect game in the last month for the Colts, who were beaten 19-9 by the San Diego Chargers back in the middle of October, but at least that came on the road. Now, there’s just a short week to prepare for this one. Last week, QB Kellen Clemens threw for 247 yards by completing just nine passes, but the worst part about the game is that all rushers that weren’t quarterbacks combined for two yards on nine carries. Maybe Indy didn’t get the better of that RB Trent Richardson deal after all?
At least Indy didn’t lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars like the Titans did. Head Coach Mike Munchak now has a lot of questions to answer, and if this game is lost, his name is going to be bantered around to get fired at the end of the season, as there would be little hope to get into the postseason. The only win that this team has in its last five games came against none other than those same Rams in the first game that Clemens started in place of the injured QB Sam Bradford. Now, QB Jake Locker is out for the rest of the season, and it will once again be QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who takes over. This serves as a good audition period for Fitzpatrick, who would love to become a starting quarterback again in this league. Unfortunately, his numbers from his first stint taking over for the injured Locker weren’t very good, as he threw for just 790 yards and four TDs against four picks in limited action. Getting RB Chris Johnson going would help, but he isn’t even on pace for 1,000 yards this season, and none of the wide outs can really stretch the field to help him out either.
It really seems as though the Titans should be getting blown away here, but we want the points on our side in a situation where they are awfully sharp. Yes, Indianapolis has covered three games in a row in this series, but the two games last year were both decided by six points. This should be another close one, and it could end up being a season-saving victory for the time being for Tennessee.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans Pick: Tennessee Titans +2.5
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