INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– On Sunday, the 3-7 Colts will look to keep the 9-year win streak over the Titans at home when they face Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium. The next 6 games for the Colts surprisingly can have a huge impact on the team. Since the season is basically over, it’s time to give guys like Marlon Mack, Chester Rogers, Jack Doyle, and others more chances to finally break out and to be ready for the 2018 season.
Indianapolis is coming into Sunday fresh off a bye week and a win against the Texas in the beginning of November. The Colts right now are just in a funk, missing longtime franchise players which have contributed to the overall performance. If you look outside the 3-7 record, there are some major bright spots of the season that make the future look bright.
Tennessee coming into Sunday, lost their last game to Pittsburgh 40-17 on Thursday Night Football. The Titans have won four out of their last five, and have respectability with a 6-4 record. The one area where the Titans have struggled is on the road, only compiling a 2-3 record away from Nashville. The road woes are so dangerous, they have not won a game in Indianapolis since December 2007 when Vince Young was at QB.
If the Colts have any chance of winning, they will need a healthy Jacoby Brissett who was in the concussion protocol after the loss to Pittsburgh. Luckily for the Colts, Brissett is expected to be a go on Sunday, meaning he is expected to make his 10th start.
Brissett has an 86.7 passer rating this season with 2,172 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. The 23-year-old also has scrambled for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
|Points Per Game||22.2||17.9|
|Points Allowed Per Game||25.3||28.0|
|Pass Yards Allowed||252.1||287.4|
|Rush Yards Allowed||89.2||111.3|
When you look at the breakdown of the two teams in the basic stat categories, Sunday would favor Tennessee to win. Of course, it’s more than numbers and the Titans basically must do something they haven’t done in nearly 10 years. ESPN predicts the Titans to win with a 63.1% chance, which seems right about on point. The Colts who only have a fighting chance of 36.6% still can pull out a victory, considering anything can happen and histories against Tennessee.
In their last meeting, the Colts were blown out in Nashville 36-22. The score made the game look closer than a blowout, but all the momentum was with the Titans.
Sunday for sure should be a good game to watch, with history either being snapped or continued. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 PM Eastern and you can catch the game on Fox. Check back with SportZreport.com for complete coverage from the game.