Colts Vs. Titans Predictions – Sunday Night Football Betting Odds
Win or go home. It’s that simple for both the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans as they are set to meet in an AFC South clash on Sunday Night Football. The winner most likely will advance as a wildcard team in the AFC. If the Houston Texans drop their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars early on Sunday, the winner of the game will be crown AFC South champs. A highly unlikely scenario could eliminate both if they tie and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota left the game against Washington last week with an elbow injury. His possible absent didn’t allow us to have the betting line as early as we wanted it. The Colts are now 3-point favorites at MyBookie.ag after the betting odds opened with them as 2.5-point favorites. 62% of the betting public is taking the visitors despite having to lay down some points. The game total is at 43 points. It opened at 44.
Indianapolis Colts Vs. Tennessee Titans Predictions
Spread: Colts -3
Money line: Indianapolis -185 vs. Tennessee +155
Game Total: 43
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
What’s the latest Colts’ betting form to face the Titans?
The Colts are a hot team who almost drowned close to reaching the shore. Last week they had to come back from a 24-14 deficit in the second half against the NY Giants to keep the season alive. Luckily for them, QB Andrew Luck is having a monster season. He led his team to victory in the second half, including tossing up a touchdown pass with less than a minute to go. Indianapolis has won eight of their last nine games. They should have gone nine of nine if coach Frank Reich would have decided to kick field goals in the 6-0 loss to Jacksonville during week 10. The Colts covered the spread in five of those eight wins.
What makes Indy a favorite for a Sunday Night matchup on the road is they have dominated the Titans over the past 15 years. That includes both the Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck era. Since Luck took over in 2011, the Colts are 10-0 against Tennessee in any place. It has been total domination. This season Luck had perhaps his best game of the year when throwing for 297 yards and three scores while beating the Titans 38-10 in Indianapolis. If you had bet on the Andrew Luck’s Colts against Tennessee, you would have collected money in seven out of those ten games.
The offensive linemen Ryan Kelly (neck) and Mark Glowinski (ankle) are listed as questionable for Sunday. But also tight end Eric Ebron (concussion) and backup receivers Dontrelle Inman (shoulder) and Zach Pascal (knee) are on the injury list. TY Hilton (ankle) is definitely a go. I’ll bet you can’t name three Colts defensive players.
Yet, their defense only allows 21.8 points per game, which is excellent considering they started the season 1-5. They gave up 34+ points to Cincinnati, Houston, New England, and the Jets during that span. This is an underrated defense that shut down the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago. They might be good enough to go into Tennessee and leave with an early playoffs win. Safeties Malik Hooker (hip) and Clayton Geathers (knee), linebackers Matthew Adams (groin) and Anthony Walker (shoulder) are also questionable.
What’s the latest Titans’ betting form to face the Colts?
The Titans suffered to beat the Washington Redskins last week. The Skins were with their fourth quarterback in the depth chart, but Tennessee failed to cover the spread as 10-point favorite in the 25-16 win. With Marcus Mariota dealing with an elbow injury, it’s a good thing the Titans had one more day of rest having played on Saturday afternoon. Mariota threw a few passes on Thursday, including this one down the field. Tennessee hasn’t said if he will play, but he looked in good shape in that video.
Mariota is 2-4 in his career against the Indianapolis, but those two wins were against the Andrew Luck-less Colts. He has thrown eight touchdown passes and six interceptions against Indy. Even if he’s healthy, his numbers show he struggles against them. I think it’s safe to assume the Titans will put a lot of their offensive game plan in the shoulders of RB Derrick Henry. He already has scored 12 rushing touchdowns this season, including eight in the last four games. Henry is averaging 164.0 rushing yards in his previous three outings and has seen his workload increased plenty in December.
If Henry can find some holes while pounding the Colts defense, then the Titans will be in business. They would drain out the D while keeping Andrew Luck on the sidelines. This is especially important as Tennessee’s defense is banged up. CB Logan Ryan (leg) is out for the season, and linebacker Brian Orakpo (elbow) will be a game-time decision. Those two are critical pieces in the Titans defensive puzzle.
The play for the SNF game between Titans and Colts?
I’m not a fan of betting the favorite on the road, especially on a divisional matchup, but the Colts have dominated the Titans so bad lately, it’s hard to let it go. WR TY Hilton is a nightmare matchup for Tennessee. Andrew Luck can put Hilton in a position where he becomes unstoppable in this game, even if the Titans’ cornerbacks know it. I’m laying down the three points and taking the Colts to cover the spread.
It should be a close one, but I feel like I’m getting the better and healthier quarterback in Andrew Luck. Who knew health and Luck would match in the same sentence. I also get the hottest team and despite Frank Reich and Mike Vrabel are both on the first years as head coaches, I trust Reich a little more. Bet Indy to win a playoffs spot on Sunday Night while covering the spread at the same time. Bet Colts -3.