The Indianapolis Colts lost a brutal game last Sunday Night, 26-23 in O.T. to the Texans in Houston last week….despite having a 23-9 lead in the 4th quarter! They have beaten the Tennessee Titans 9 times in a row, so at least they have that going for them this weekend. The Titans beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26 last weekend, so they are on a two game winning streak. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts ran the ball pretty well last weekend and it would be smart to keep RB Frank Gore heavily involved in the offense this weekend against the Titans. The Titans are giving up only 88.5 yards rushing per game, but they are also giving up 4.0 yards per carry far this year, so he should be able to find some running room. The Colts need some semblance of a running game or the Titans are going to be coming after QB Andrew Luck full force and they already have 18 sacks so far this year (which six in each of their last two games)! Andrew Luck has been incredible despite being sacked 23 times so far this year. His best bet to be effective throwing against the Titans will be to get the ball out quick to his WRs and TEs and let them the chance to get yards after the catch.
When the Titans have the ball: The Titans are going to do what they do best against the Colts, and that is running the ball to set up play action passes for QB Marcus Mariota. The Titans are going to feed the ball to RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry against a Colts’ D that is giving up 117.7 yards rushing per game and 4.8 yards per carry. If the Colts’ D can’t slow the Titans’ running game, they are in for a very long day! They must also contain Mariota in the pocket, because he can break long runs at any time due to his speed. Mariota likes to spread the ball around in the passing game, so WRs Kendall Wright, Tajae Sharpe, Rishard Matthews, TD Delanie Walker and RB DeMarco Murray will all get looks in the passing game this Sunday.
PREDICTION: TITANS 27, COLTS 23