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Tennessee Titans (4-8) vs Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
The Titans travel to Indianapolis with revenge on their mind from an overtime thriller with the Colts, in what started Andrew Luck’s run of brilliance over the course of the last few weeks. If you recall, Luck executed a swing pass to fellow rookie Vic Ballard in overtime, who torpedoed his way through tackles to catch the pylon and seal the victory for the Colts.
The Titans have been as inconsistent as you can get this year, really toying with the hearts of their fans. Chris Johnson has slowly regained his stride, but the quarterback play hasn’t been great in late stages of the game. Second year QB Jake Locker, who missed the first meeting, will get the nod this Sunday in a AFC rival affair.
This is a big game for the Colts, who are the clubhouse leader in the wildcard race at (8-4). The Steelers and the Bengals are both breathing down their necks at (7-5) with one of them likely to be the odd man out. With two of their next three against division leading Houston, this is a must win for the Colts to give themselves a short term cushion.
Andrew Luck looks to carry his momentum at home and keep the Colts in the playoff hunt
Defensively, this game is a stalemate with both teams losing. Both teams should be able to do what they want on offense, both in the air and on the ground, with neither defense offering up much resistance. I think the crowd noise in Indy will be a factor for young Locker on third down passing situations with the two headed pass rush of Robert Mathis/Dwight Freeney looking to get after Locker and make his day miserable.
The Titans need some receiving help, and will have Nate Washington playing a major part of it this Sunday. Washington leads the team with 633 receiving yards and 4 TDs. The inconsistent Kenny Britt, dropped from most fantasy teams, always plays big against the Colts and I expect him to find the end zone this Sunday.
What can you say about Andrew Luck in his rookie season? Is anyone really more valuable to his team? I love the way he has handled everything this season and there is nothing elementary of gadgety about the Colts offense. He is asked to do more, with less, than any other quarterback in the league.
Honestly speaking, he has no running game and has no defense. However, he has developed a great relationship with Reggie Wayne, his tight ends, and another emerging rookie in TY Hilton who’s speed is a weapon both in YAC and in the special teams game.
I like the Colts to control this game offensively, although the Titans will be coming at the hard to make a statement and play spoiler. Luck will have another big day at home, and the defense will do just enough to salvage the victory.
If Tennessee comes out flat, this game could get ugly in a hurry because Andrew Luck plays his best football at home, and the offense has been moving the ball well the last couple of weeks. Look for Luck and Wayne to continue their hot streak
Colts win! Start Luck, Wayne, Hilton, and Rob Bironas and Chris Johnson
Sleeper appeal – Vic Ballard, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington
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