The Indianapolis Colts need to get their sputtering offense in gear as they face the Tennesse Titans on Thursday Night Football with the AFC South lead on the line. Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire.
- The Tennessee Titans are 1.5-point home favorites against the Indianapolis Colts in the Week 10 edition of TNF
- TNF betting record: 2-5-1 (-1.12 units won)
- The winner of this game goes first place in the AFC South; See full game odds and preview below
As they move into the second half of the NFL season, the 6-2 Tennessee Titans and 5-3 Indianapolis Colts clash on Thursday Night Football with first place in the AFC South on the line.
It’s been awhile since either team reigned supreme in the division. Indy’s most recent division title was earned in 2014. The Titans last ruled over the AFC South in 2008.
Tennessee takes the field Thursday as 1.5-point home favorites to maintain the hold on top spot. The Titans opened as the 2.5-point chalk.
Colts vs Titans TNF Week 10 Odds
|Indianapolis Colts||+110||+1.5 (-110)||O 48.5 (-110)|
|Tennessee Titans||-125||-1.5 (-110)||U 48.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Nov. 11th at DrafKings.
Game time Thursday at Nissan Stadum is 8:20 pm ET. The forecast is for clear skies, 7 mph wind and 60-degree temperatures.
Colts & Titans Are Polar Opposites
Indianapolis and Tennessee have arrived at this destination by assembling equations that are completely different.
The Titans are doing it with offense. Tennessee is the NFL’s #7 scoring offense (29 points per game) and #6 rushing offense (147.6 yards per game). Indy is 15th in scoring offense (26 PPG) and 22nd in rushing offense (107.4 YPG).
I feel confident that the Colts defense can contain Derrick Henry on Thursday (for the most part).
What scares me is that the Titans love those in-breaking PA passes over the middle. Colts have been beat there a bit this season. Hopefully we see more C3 match on Thursday
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) November 9, 2020
Defensively, though, the Colts are the bomb. They are the league leaders, allowing 290 YPG. Indianapolis is the NFL’s #3 scoring defense (20 PPG), pass defense (206.4 YPG) and rush defense (83.6 YPG).
Tennessee ranks 25th in total defense (394.1 YPG). The Titans are 27th overall at stopping the pass (275 YPG).
Secure That Ball
When the Colts go south, the journey is generally accompanied by, or perhaps the better term would be fueled by, turnovers.
In four games this season, Indy has turned over the ball at least twice. The Colts are 1-3 in those games.
The Philip Rivers decision doesn’t appear to be working. He’s thrown six of his interceptions this season in those four games. Four of those interceptions led directly to opposition points. Two touchdowns in last Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens – the margin of victory on the scoreboard – came the result of Colts turnovers.
The Colts only had one yard in the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/fIXngjcksl
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 8, 2020
This doesn’t bode well facing Tennessee. For all their defensive woes, the Titans are among the NFL’s best ball hawks.
They’re tied for third in the NFL with 14 takeaways. Tennessee is also second in the NFL with nine picks. In Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, the Titans forced two turnovers, included a 63-yard fumble return TD by newcomer Desmond King.
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The Colts may have some good news on the injury front that would boost their inconsistent offense. Wide receiver TY Hilton (groin), who missed the loss to the Ravens, has gone through two full practices this week and has been upgraded to probable for Thursday.
Walk through time for the #Colts on a short week.
T.Y. Hilton (groin) is here. Frank Reich said they would test Hilton indoors this week to see if he can play. pic.twitter.com/AIkq3ZEx5k
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) November 9, 2020
The Indy offense is missing running back Marlon Mack (Achilles) and receiver Parris Campbell (knee), both on IR. Tight end Jack Doyle (concussion) is listed as doubtful.
For the Titans, WR Adam Humphries (concussion) and right tackle Dennis Kelly (knee) are questionable.
The road team has won three in a row and four of the last five Colts-Titans meetings. They’ve split their last six games. Prior to that, Indy posted a 10-game win streak over Tennessee.
Frank Reich says the #Titans have established themselves as the top team in the AFC South.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) November 9, 2020
The Colts are 13-4 against the spread in their last 17 against the Titans. Indianapolis is 7-1 straight up in the last eight at Tennessee.
Considering Indy’s offensive struggles, combined with the tenacity of the Colts defense, a low-scoring game seems likely. In the last five Colts-Titans games, the losing team has never scored more than 17 points.
Best Bet: Under 48.5 (-110), 1 unit.
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.