The Indianapolis Colts will welcome the Tennessee Titans to Lucas Oil Stadium for an exciting divisional matchup in the AFC South.
The Colts have played in back-to-back overtime games. They earned a win against the Ravens on the road but lost to the Rams in an overtime game at home.
Although the Colts went 1-1 through those two games, Indianapolis is sticking around against high-level teams.
On the other hand, the Titans are 2-2 but just knocked off the inconsistent Bengals, 27-3. The Titans looked great defensively against the Bengals but surrendered a 27-3 loss to the Browns the week prior.
With that said, this game should be extremely tight and fun.
We’ll break down the Titans vs Colts odds for this AFC South matchup on Sunday.
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
The Titans Needed DeAndre Hopkins
The Titans were about to begin the season with no true No. 1 wide receiver on its depth chart. But Tennessee made a quality pitch to Hopkins, and he chose to sign before the season began with a two-year, $26 million deal.
Hopkins has been everything for the Titans through the first four weeks.
The stats don’t necessarily show the whole picture. But he’s led the team with 18 receptions for 216 yards. Hopkins has had 31 targets, when the next player on the Titans has only earned 16 targets.
He at least keeps the defenses honest and allows the run game to do its thing.
Derrick Henry has rushed 73 times for 285 yards. Meanwhile, Tyjae Spears has earned 122 yards on 20 carries. Without Hopkins, many defenses would load the box and force Tannehill to make a play with his arm.
But with Hopkins, the defensive alignment changes, allowing the Titans to assemble quality drives.
Jonathan Taylor Is Back!
The Indianapolis Colts expect Jonathan Taylor to rejoin practice this week.
The All-Pro running back for the Colts could debut against the Titans this weekend.
His availability is still up in the air. But having a player like Taylor back in the mix will be absolutely massive.
Taylor has been on the reserve-PUP list since Week 1. That forced him to stay off the field on Sundays and on the practice field each week.
The top-five running back had been in a bitter dispute with the Colts due to the lack of a contract extension. Taylor had previously demanded a trade, but the Colts wouldn’t trade him for what was offered.
If you’re confused, we are, too.
The Colts were asking for a first-round pick, but also don’t think Taylor is valuable enough to give him a reasonable contract extension.
Make it make sense.
Taylor’s said to be in good shape. They haven’t ruled him out for Sunday, but even if he plays, don’t expect a lot out of Taylor early.
Head coach Shane Steichen acknowledged that he’s communicating positively with Taylor. He kept those conversations private when talking to the media, but it seems like Taylor’s excited to get back on the field with his teammates and will play out the season despite his unhappiness.
Steichen said that if Taylor feels good, they’ll rotate him in. Therefore, even if Taylor plays, he won’t play enough to impact this game significantly.
Check out the Titans vs Colts odds for Sunday’s AFC South matchup.
Titans vs Colts Odds
The latest NFL lines have the Titans and Colts as EVEN against the spread for this rivalry game. Meanwhile, the total is currently at 42.5.
The Titans have started the season 2-2, but they’re 3-1 against the spread this season. They’ve been minor underdogs in all four games and have proved oddsmakers wrong so far.
Although Tennessee has been an underdog in every game, the spread hasn’t reached more than 3.5 in any game this season. That includes this one against the Colts on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the total has hit the Over and Under twice through the first four games this NFL season. Dating back to last year, the Titans hit the Under in seven of their last ten games.
Conversely, the Colts have gone 2-2 against the spread. They didn’t cover as a 1-point underdog last weekend against the Rams, but they did in regulation. Overtime just ruined that cover.
Indianapolis has also been an underdog in every game this season.
With totals, the Colts have hit the Over in three of four games this year.
The Titans have defeated the Colts in five straight games and covered in all five.
The Titans Are More Balanced!
The Indianapolis Colts are going to be a fun team this year. But they’ll also have some growing pains.
They’re using rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson under center. He’s played in three of four games after a concussion against the Texans held him out of the lineup against the Ravens.
Richardson has been better than most expected. But he’s only thrown for 479 yards on 72 passing attempts. Richardson has completed 56.9% of passes, which isn’t very good. But he also adds another dynamic to the Colts with his rushing ability.
The former Florida Gator has rushed for four touchdowns and has 131 yards rushing on 23 attempts. That’s where he’s been his best.
However, the Titans have allowed just 70 yards on the ground per game this season. Whether it’s Richardson, Taylor, or Zack Moss, the Titans will be prepared against the run.
Tennessee’s defense is above average. They’ve held teams to 336 yards per game and don’t have any areas that are glaring holes.
Meanwhile, the Titans have a fantastic run game that should shine against the Colts. Indianapolis has allowed 126.8 yards per game on the ground. That’s likely due to all the missed tackles the Colts have had to begin the season.
Up front, the Colts are dominant. The pass rush is adequate, and the run defense is good enough. However, those missed tackles will likely continue against Derrick Henry and Tyjae Spears.
The secondary also hasn’t played all that well for the Colts. They’ve allowed 286.5 yards per game in the air. This is a game where DeAndre Hopkins can perform at a high level. Many of the targets that Hopkins gets will be caught against the Colts.
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