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AFC South rivals Tennessee and Indianapolis will meet in Week 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. CBS will broadcast the game, which has an official kickoff time set for 1:00 P.M ET.
Both teams had impressive Week 1 performances: Tennessee shocked many by picking off Baker Mayfield three times en route to a 30-point road blowout against the Cleveland Browns; Indianapolis lost 30-24 against the Chargers but they took them to overtime on the road and proved to their fans that the quarterback position isn’t a major issue.
Last season, the Colts won both meetings against Tennessee but that was with Andrew Luck under center. In 2017, when Jacoby Brissett was filling in, the Titans won both matchups. With the job solely his now, we’ll see if he can get his first W against the Titans as the Colts starting quarterback.
Colts Looking For First W
Week 1 didn’t yield the desired result for the Indianapolis Colts, as they lost 30-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime, but the game proved one thing that was a big question mark: Jacoby Brissett is perfectly capable of manning the spot long-held by Andrew Luck.
Brissett finished the game with a 120.7 passer rating, completing 21 of 27 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He spread the love around, completing passes to eight different receivers, though one of them, Devin Funchess, got hurt and landed on the IR.
.@Marlon_Mack25 with a STRONG start to 2019:
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2019
Brissett controlled the game through the air but the offense really relies on Marlon Mack, the Colts third-year tailback out of South Florida. Mack toted the rock 25 times for 174 yards and a touchdown.
Some areas that need improvement in Week 2 are the Colts defense, which allowed 435 total yards and only stopped the Chargers four times in 11 third-down situations, and the kicking game. Adam Vinatieri, their normally reliable kicker, missed two field goals in Week 1, as well as an extra point. Neither field goal was particularly difficult, either, as his first miss was from 46 yards and his second was from 29 yards.
Titans Riding High After Week 1
The Tennessee Titans were the talk of Week 1, beating the Cleveland Browns by 30 points on the road. Now, they’ll host their first game of the season in Week 2 and you can bet Nashville is going to be lit.
Both sides of the ball looked really good in Week 1; the offense scored 34 points and averaged 6.1 yards per play while the defense scored twice (safety, pick-six) and forced Baker Mayfield to throw three interceptions. Plus, Mike Vrabel’s team was so much more disciplined than the Browns. In Week 1, they had 12 fewer penalties for 128 fewer penalty yards.
"Lead them. It's going to get grimy out there. It ain't going to be perfect."
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 12, 2019
Against the Colts, the Titans will need to maintain against the Colts’ tough rushing attack. They allowed 5-plus yards per carry against Cleveland so that’s something that will need to be improved because Marlon Mack is serious.
Isaiah Mack talks stopping the run.
“I still have a lot of stuff I need to improve on, and I know I have a long way to go before I can say that I’m doing good,” Mack said. “I just have to keep working. … It’s always important to stop the run, and that’s something we’re going to have to try and do this week.”
Injury-wise, the Titans don’t have any major issues, except for Taylor Lewan, who’s serving the second game of his four-game PED suspension this week.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC South.
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Updated on Sep 15 at 4:15am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Titans have gone from -2.5 up to -3 while getting 62% of the bets. The Sharps are slightly on the side of the Colts in this one.
Injury / Weather Report
Indianapolis’s Impact Injury Report
Doubtful: DE Kemoko Turay
Out: DE Jabaal Sheard and RB Jonathan Williams
Tennessee’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: RB David Fluellen
Out: LB Reggie Gilbert and OG Kevin Pamphile
Gametime Weather: Sunny and in the lower 90s. It will feel like 97
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While Jacoby Brissett played well in Week 1, this game is a different animal; he’ll be playing a division rival on the road and one that has tons of momentum after an upset victory in Week 1. Expect the atmosphere to be raucous on Sunday, affecting Brissett and the rest of the offense. After all, the last time he started on the road against a division opponent, the Colts lost 30-10 at Jacksonville, and the last time he started at Tennessee, the Colts got whooped 36-22.
Prediction: Tennessee Titans -3
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these offenses proved to be extremely competent in Week 1. Combined, they scored 73 points (43, Titans; 30, Colts) and history tells us we’re going to see another show in Week 2. The last four times these two AFC South rivals have met in Tennessee, they’ve averaged 59 combined points per game (236 points in four games). Both quarterbacks threw multiple TDs without a pick in Week 1 so get ready for some fireworks.
Prediction: Over 44