After a complete beatdown of the Cleveland Browns, the Tennessee Titans return home this Sunday to open division play against the Indianapolis Colts. Now with Jacoby Brissett steering the ship following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Colts dropped their week one matchup against the Chargers in overtime.
Brissett put together an efficient day, going 21-27 for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis’ primary running back, ran for 174 yards and a touchdown — which included a long run of 63 yards.
The Colts will obviously have a much different feel going forward, which will be a welcomed sight for Titans fans. Tennessee never beat Andrew Luck, but they went 2-0 against Brissett in 2017.
Ahead of their first matchup in 2019, the Titans currently sit as three point favorites against the Colts. That line has grown from when it opened at 2.5. The total sits at 44.5.
Tennessee will once again be without starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, who is serving his second of a four game suspension. In his debut as a play-caller, Arthur Smith schemed up his offense to perfection against the Browns, keeping Marcus Mariota upright for the most part and giving Dennis Kelly plenty of help. He will need a similar plan against the Colts, who have really ramped up their front seven over the last two offseasons.
Offensively, the Titans should once again ride Derrick Henry, looking to wear defenses down by the fourth quarter. Henry got stronger as the game went last Sunday, which is hopefully a sight we often see in 2019. Look for Smith to keep building that play-action game and creating opportunities for Marcus Mariota down the field.
Defensively, the Titans have the speed to go sideline to sideline with Marlon Mack, who may just be the new focal point of the Indy offense. Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown — along with Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Byard and Amani Hooker — match up nicely here.
Which side are you taking in this one? Titans -3 or Colts +3?