“King Of The South?”

AFC Game Of The Week

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Colts: Honestly, I’m still trying to figure them out. They had a chance to notch their second three-game winning streak of the year, but they were dominated by the Baltimore Ravens. Here’s my thing when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts. When they lose, it’s because they don’t capitalize upon the opportunities in front of them. I’m talking about fumbling the ball and the biggest thorn in their side which has been turning the ball over. When Philip Rivers begins to take over, that’s a sign that things aren’t going well. He threw the ball 43 times on Sunday. They don’t need that from him. All they need is for him to manage the game. Although they lost, I was impressed with how they contained Lamar Jackson. The defense has been their backbone for most of the year. Tonight, they’re in Nashville.

Titans: Finally, the bleeding stop. Before their game against the Bears, the Tennessee Titans lost their last two games. One to an undefeated Steelers team and a week later, the Cincinnati Bengals upset them. Throughout the year, my biggest issue with them has been the lack of a pass rush. Quarterbacks look far too comfortable against them. They were able to sack Nick Foles three times and attack the Bears offensive line. The rule is simple with this offense. They go as Derrick Henry goes. That’s obvious to see. Though Derrick was limited, Ryan Tannehill took the game over. It’s Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Buffalo as my top three teams in the AFC. I think it’s safe to say the Titans round out that list. Tonight, they’ll welcome their divisional rival into town for a Thursday night showdown in Nashville.

Colts X-Factor: Denico Autry– He’s an underrated asset for this defense. The motor he plays with is relentless because he’s either in the quarterback’s face or he’s around the football in some way, shape, or form. Watch him lead the charge in bringing Henry down on that defensive line.

Titans X-Factor: Jonnu Smith– I feel this is the guy that benefits mostly from Derrick Henry. Teams will load that box up to limit him. Then, the Titans can sell the play-action which allows the tight end to sneak behind the loaded box to make a catch. I’m expecting him to make a few catches tonight.

Final Thoughts: This is a big one in the AFC South. Ultimately, this division will come down to these two. Believe it or not, the Titans are tied for third in takeaways with 14. Furthermore, the defense is at its best when creating turnovers. Luckily, they’ll face a quarterback who can throw a pick at any time. The Titans must come out and wear down the Colts’ defense. Score early and often. Indy also needs to get their running game going.

Prediction: Titans 22 Colts 17

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