The Indianapolis Colts try to earn their first win when they visit the division rival Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Tennessee is coming off a come-from-behind overtime win at Seattle last weekend while the Colts have dropped each of their first two games We take a look at the NFL odds for this battle of AFC South teams and some bets you might make.
|Game: Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Location: Nissan Stadium. Date: Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
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The division rivals square off twice a season and they’ve split the pair of meetings in each of the last two campaigns. The last three games have been blowouts, with the margin of victory being at least 14 points.
Over the last 10 seasons, Indianapolis has dominated the series, winning 15 of the 20 meetings. Overall, the Colts hold a 35-18 edge in the series.
Next game: at Miami
The Colts went back and forth with the visiting Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, with a field goal by Matt Gay with 2:23 to play proving to be the difference in a 27-24 Indianapolis loss. Quarterback Carson Wentz had 247 yards and a passing touchdown in the contest, though he had to watch the final two Indianapolis possessions from the bench with a sprained ankle.
The Indianapolis defense had trouble keeping Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford in check, as the veteran passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Kupp finished with nine catches for 163 yards.
The Colts finished with more first downs and more time of possession but couldn’t finish drives with touchdowns. Rodrigo Blankenship kicked three field goals.
Wentz is the biggest question mark for this week. Coach Frank Reich said that he had sprained both ankles in the loss to the Rams. If Wentz is unable to go, Indianapolis would have Jacob Eason starting against the Titans. Eason was 2 of 5 for 25 yards and an interception in relief of Wentz against Los Angeles.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell continues to be questionable after missing the loss to the Rams following only one catch in the season opener. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is also questionable after missing the first two games.
Next game: at New York Jets
Things did not look good for the Titans at halftime of their Week 2 game at Seattle as they trailed 24-9. But running back Derrick Henry had three second-half touchdowns and finished with 182 yards on the ground in Tennessee’s 33-30 overtime win that evened its record at 1-1.
Henry also had a career-high six catches for 55 yards and was a nearly one-man offense at times for the Titans. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished with 347 yards passing, many of them to Julio Jones, who had six catches for 128 yards.
Seattle had 343 yards through the air, but quarterback Russell Wilson struggled late as the Seahawks tried to hang onto the lead. Tennessee dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 42:33.
The Titans’ offensive line took a couple of hits in Seattle, one before the game even began. Left tackle Taylor Lewan limped off the field with a knee injury two hours before kickoff and left guard Rodger Saffold III left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Both players are listed as questionable.
Betting on the Game
The spread seems to be set with the thought that Wentz will be able to go in this game. Tennessee is coming off a big win while the Colts have yet to record a W, so the five points seems right on track assuming Wentz can give it a go.
Unfortunately, Wentz isn’t known for being able to stay healthy, and the Titans are certainly going to put some pressure on him if he is able to suit up. Tennessee will try to recapture some of the Henry magic as well, feeding the star running back the ball quite a lot in the early going.
Tennessee has gone 3-4 as the favorite at home over the last two seasons, including getting blown out by the Cardinals in the season opener as a 2½-point favorite. That’s something to keep in mind when betting online on this contest.
The moneyline on this one will pay off well if you think the Colts can win this game straight up, so get to the sportsbook to make that bet if that’s what you believe. The Titans winning a close game is worth betting on the moneyline if you expect this one to be a tightly contested game, though that hasn’t happened much in recent meetings.
The Titans’ best offense is running the ball, which, when Henry is on a roll, can score quickly, but more than likely will chew up some clock and limit the possessions in the game. Wentz’s availability makes betting on the Colts scoring well an iffy proposition.
The total of 48 isn’t a big amount if Wentz is healthy, and we can see the Titans getting on a roll offensively as well.