Week 8 brings us a lot of pretty good games around the NFL, but there’s the potential for Titans-Colts to surprise some people.
Sure, Tennessee is coming off some big-time wins, but this could be set up to see a trap game as the Colts are no pushover. They have been better than what their record would tell everyone.
The Titans have shown a lot of people around the NFL these last couple of weeks that they are a top contender in the AFC. You don’t just beat the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs by getting lucky.
Tennessee’s defense was able to come up with a huge stop against Buffalo on Monday Night Football, and also held Patrick Mahomes to 206 yards passing and no touchdowns last Sunday.
The Colts, meanwhile, are coming off back-to-back wins after starting the season 1-4. They took down the Texans 31-3 and then went into San Francisco and beat the 49ers 30-18 on Sunday Night Football.
There are plenty of interesting bets to look into in what could be a sneaky good matchup on Sunday.
Please note that all odds and lines are current as of 10 a.m. ET on Friday, October 29.
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Titans +2.5 (-106) at BetRivers
Wager: 1.5 Units
I have to say I was definitely surprised to see the Titans as an underdog coming into this one. They’re fresh off two big wins to get them to 5-2, and they’re an underdog against a 3-4 team? Sure, it may be due to playing on the road, but Tennessee has the superior roster here.
Derrick Henry is one of the top-skill position players in the league, and no one comes close to the impact that he can provide on a weekly basis. He has over 200 yards rushing and three combined touchdowns in his last two weeks of action.
Ryan Tannehill has also been getting better by the week, as he has close to 2,000 passing yards with 7 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. It helps that he has a better supporting cast around him, but he’s also been a key player for the Titans after a slow start.
The Colts are going to keep this close, mainly due to Jonathan Taylor. In three of his last four games, he’s gone over 100 yards rushing and has five combined touchdowns on the ground. He’s a little like Henry in which he’s a quick back, but he’s also hard to bring down.
It’s going to be quite the test for the Titans’ run defense, which ranks ninth in the league, allowing 103.3 rushing yards per game.
That said, I still have a hard time believing the Titans lose this game. They’re better on both sides of the ball and are firing on all cylinders.
Under 50.5 Points (-109) at BetRivers
Wager: 1 Unit
This is going to be a classic game of smash-mouth football. Both teams have great running games, and while their quarterbacks can also pass, this game will be won and lost on the ground.
That’s the main reason I’m taking the under in this game. Even though Tannehill and Carson Wentz are above average passers, I don’t trust them enough to air it out and have the over hit.
Both defenses have also played well in spurts but are polar opposites of each other. For example, the Colts unit ranks in the top half of the league in passing yards allowed per game (243.1), but the Titans defense ranks in the top half in rushing yards allowed per game (103.3).
With those combined, it makes it even harder for the over to hit.
Both Taylor and Henry are going to likely get their respective home run plays, and some receivers will step up at times as well. That said, this is going to be a ground-for-pound type game where the final score is around 23-20 or 24-21, which leads me to my next bet.
Colts Under 26.5 Points (-113) at BetRivers
Wager: 1 Unit
This may seem a bit odd with how Indianapolis has scored the last three weeks, but regression is bound to hit at some point. Tennessee is also flying high after only allowing Kansas City to score three points and not allowing Mahomes to do anything last Sunday.
If Taylor doesn’t do much in the passing game, which is a big if considering he’s dangerous there as well, I’m not sure the Colts will be able to put up close to 30 points.
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They have their home run hitter in Michael Pittman Jr., who’s been a freak thus far, but T.Y. Hilton is still questionable at this point. He had to miss the game against the 49ers on Sunday due to a calf injury and was limited in Thursday’s practice. Hilton not being there would put a huge dent in the passing game once again.
Zach Pascal is also a target, but he still hasn’t been used as much as some thought he would be this season. He has just 21 receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns in all seven games of action.
Indianapolis has to hope that Tennessee’s defense has a very off day for the over to hit.
Titans First Half Spread +1.5 (-122) at BetRivers
Wager: 1.25 Units
The Titans have had the lead at halftime in four of seven games this year and are 3-1 when leading going into the second half. Their only loss was against the New York Jets in overtime back on Oct. 3.
Tennessee has also come back from a couple of halftime deficits this season, namely the game against Buffalo a couple of weeks ago (down 20-17). Tennessee also erased a 21-9 halftime deficit against Seattle on Sept. 19 to win 33-30.
Despite that, Mike Vrabel’s squad has been solid in the first half of most of their games this season, and that should continue in this one.
As long as Henry is on the field, the Titans can strike at any time, and that should be enough to have them go into the break with a lead.