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NFL Thursday Night Preview: Colts vs. Titans

NFL Thursday Night Preview: Colts vs. Titans

Week 10 of the NFL returns to Nashville, Tennessee, when the 6-2 Titans host Phillip Rivers and his 5-3 Indianapolis Colts in a game with playoff indications.  Nothing less than first place in the AFC South, for a while at least, is at stake there at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.  This Thursday Night Football game will be a good one for football fans.

NFL Fans Look At A Tight Game On TNF

Odds makers in Las Vegas are only giving the Colts +2 points, which does not even cover home field advantage.  These two teams will still be meeting once again in Indianapolis before the season ends and, if one of them can sweep the other, the AFC South will be decided.  The moneyline for this game on Unibet is also a low one, with the Titans at -130 and the Colts at +110.  The Over/Under is currently at 48.5 to entice over bettors.

The Titans won their Week 9 battle against the Chicago Bears and finally snapped a two-game losing streak that was beginning to worry loyal fans.  The Colts, on the other hand, lost their Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens, but they won the previous two.


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The Colts will be attempting to unseat Tennessee, who sit on top of the AFC South at the moment.  Should the Colts pull it off, they will take over the division and have a head-to-head tie breaker in their pockets, which could become very useful as playoff time approaches.

However, the two teams will meet again in just three weeks when the same scenario will be in place for the Titans.  If either the Colts or the Titans win both games, they will be in uncontested first place in the AFC South and playoff bound.

The Colts And Titans Both Have Issues

The Indianapolis Colts are 4-4 against-the-spread so far this season and their scoring has hit the Over 5-8 times to date.  But the Titans are near the bottom of the league in total defense.  Tennessee has given up a whopping 394.1 yards per game with their opponents averaging 275 in passing yardage.  This has led to speculation about the quality of the Titans secondary, which seems to have trouble maintaining tight coverage on their opponents’ wide receivers and tight ends, not to mention the guys out of the backfield.

Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers is a past master at reading, and then picking apart, a faulty secondary and, thus far at least, the Colts offensive line has been protecting Rivers pretty well and has given up only eight sacks all season, which is the lowest number in the NFL.  The Titans will have to play their best game of the season if Tennessee is to come out on top at the end of the game.

The Titans have given-up 19 passing touchdowns this season.  That’s third-worst in the entire NFL.  Tennessee, however, has running back Derrick Henry who is a bulldozer of a back who runs over defenders right and left.  Tennessee is averaging a cool 147.6 yards on the ground, thanks to Henry, and is counting on their overall balance to win this game with Indianapolis.  Their excellent offense in now averaging over 380 total yards per game, which puts them into the top ten offenses in the NFL.


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Week 10 Is About To Begin

The game will kick off at 7:20 PM local time tonight.  There’s no word yet as to whether the Titans will allow some fans in the stadium or not.  Even a small crowd making some noise is better than the canned cheers they have been using on the TV broadcasts, and surely the teams would appreciate hearing a little live love coming from the stands.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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