If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans meet at Nissan Stadium.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 23, 2016
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: 1 p.m. CBS.
LINE: Titans -2.5. O/U: 48.
PREDICTION: Titans 27, Colts 20
Oddsmakers currently have the Titans listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Colts, while the game’s total is sitting at 49.
Mariota still has a tendency to turn the ball over as he has thrown six picks and lost two fumbles for the Titans, who haven’t won three straight games since the 2011 season. Tennessee has six sacks in each of the last two games and will certainly attempt to pressure Luck, led by Brian Orakpo, who has at least one sack in five straight games. Titans coach Mike Mularkey gave the credit to veteran defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau for their recent success in attacking the quarterback. “There’s a lot of moving parts. There’s a lot of pre-snap disguising. That’s the beauty of coach LeBeau,” he said. Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 28-26 winner as they battled the Browns at home. The Titans failed to cover in the match as a -7.5-point favorite, while 54 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Team record: 3-3 SU,2-4 ATS
Tennessee is 2-11-1 ATS in its last 14 games
Tennessee is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee’s last 9 games
The Colts have not only won nine straight in the series but they’ve scored at least 27 points in six of the games. Things may not be as easy this week, however, as the Titans run a ball-control offense and Indianapolis will be without wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder) and tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle). Running back Frank Gore rushed for 106 yards in last week’s game, marking the first time in 55 contests that the Colts had a 100-yard rusher. Last time out for Indianapolis, they were a 26-23 loser as they battled the Texans on the road. The Colts earned a push in the match as a +3-point underdog, while 49 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Team record: 2-4 SU,2-3-1 ATS
Indianapolis is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Indianapolis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indianapolis’s last 7 games