Will Jonathan Taylor’s return spark a Colts team?


Although it’s early days, a spot in the tight AFC South division could be huge for the Tennessee Titans or Indianapolis Colts. Take a look at the odds for today’s game between two 2-2 teams.

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Titans vs. Colts betting odds, start times and more

All odds come from DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • spread: Titan-2.5
  • Money line: Titans (-130); Colts (+110)
  • Size disk: 43.5
  • game time: 1 p.m. ET
  • Place: lucas oil stadium
  • path: cbs

Titans vs. Colts Predictions

The big storyline in today’s Titans-Colts game revolves around the return of Colts running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor received a new three-year contract extension and was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and he should have an impact in this game even with his limited ability to handle the ball.

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The Titans are 27-3 over the past two weeks, and they beat the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Titans may have solved their offensive problems, throwing for a season-high 400 yards just a week after falling below 100 yards in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is off to a rough start to the season, with a passer rating of 74.9, which ranks 31st among 34 qualifying quarterbacks. But the reality is Tannehill is two completely different quarterbacks this season. In Tennessee’s two wins, Tannehill has a completion percentage of 77.6 and a passer rating of 113.1. Compare that to his numbers in the Titans’ two losses — a 49.2 completion rate and a 43.2 passer rating.

The addition of DeAndre Hopkins could help the Titans’ cause. Four games into the season, Hopkins has yet to rack up 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in any game. Dating back to last season, Hopkins has failed to reach 70 receiving yards in six consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.

The Titans also face one of the worst Colts defenses in the league so far. The Colts rank 29th in total defense, allowing nearly 400 yards per game (390.5). In Week 5, their pass defense (28th) and run defense (23rd) both ranked in the bottom 10 in the NFL.

For the Colts offense, Taylor’s return should be exciting for home fans, but Taylor doesn’t have a history of success against the Titans defense. In five career games against the Titans, Taylor has averaged less than 50 yards per game (49.2) and only one touchdown.

Therefore, the success of Indy’s offense may once again rest on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson. So far, Richardson has been able to answer the call.

In three games this season (he missed one due to a concussion), Richardson has scored a total of seven touchdowns (three passing, four rushing). Over the past 30 seasons, only two players have scored more touchdowns in their first three career games — Patrick Mahomes (10) and Marcus Mariota (eight) ).

The Titans offense has been up and down all season. If you believe it’s ironed out and last week is what we should expect to see throughout the rest of the season, then the choice here is clear. I think the Titans are the better team and they’ll prove it against a weak Colts defense.

It’s hard to put money on Ryan Tannehill, who is as inconsistent as any quarterback in the league, rookie or veteran. But running back Derrick Henry has dominated the Colts, with his seven 100-yard games against Indianapolis dating back to 2010, the most 100-yard games against any opponent during that period.

The Colts will battle at home. But until their defense shows they can handle the challenge, I’ll lay out the key points here.

Best pick: Titans -2.5 (-110 at DraftKings SportsBook)

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