Make sure you don’t miss this pivotal AFC South battle, as the Indianapolis Colts host the Tennessee Titans as slight 1.5-point home favorites in their Week 11 matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm EST on November 18th.
Tennessee’s offense is predicated on pounding the rock and, while they don’t have great production numbers for the year as a whole (18.7 points per game), they have been much better in their last two games: a 28-14 win in Dallas and a hugely impressive 34-10 home win over New England.
Led by Dion Lewis, the Titans churn out 114.4 yards per game on the ground, but it was the passing attack stepping up in the last two. Marcus Mariota had by far his two best of the season, going a combined 37-53 for 468 yards, 4 TD, and 0 INT. He poster passer ratings of 119.9 and 125.0, the only times he’s been north of 100 this season.
For the year, the Oregon product now has 1,498 yards and 7 touchdowns.
A ton of points isn’t something Tennessee has needed very often this season thanks to their brick wall of a defense. The Titans are only surrendering 16.8 points per game, good for first in the league.
This defense has been so good due to its ability to ground aerial attacks. Tennessee only spots its opponents 228.2 yards per game through the air (6th). Yet, the unit will be in tough this week against an Indianapolis offense that looks nearly unstoppable. As a result of a balanced offensive attack, the Colts are scoring 28.9 PPG (6th). They rank 16th in rushing (113.6 yards per game) and 12th in passing (266.2 yards per game), and Andrew Luck is looking like his old self again.
Through nine games, Luck thrown for 2,472 yards with a 26:9 TD-to-INT ratio. He’s not only received great production from his pass-catchers, particularly Eric Ebron (463 receiving yards), but has also been able to depend on Marlon Mack to carry the load when necessary. Mack has tallied 410 yards and three touchdowns this year, making the Colts’ offense very difficult to stop.
The Colts’ defense, which was surprisingly good early in the year, is starting to fall off a bit. The team has surrendered at least 26 points in five of its last six, excepting only a 37-5 romp over lowly Buffalo in Week 7. They’re now averaging an unacceptable 26.6 points against per game (26th).
Tennessee narrowly defeated Indianapolis, 20-16, the last time these two teams played (November 26th, 2017). The Titans were 3.0-point favorites in that game, but remember that Luck did not play all of last season.