Thursday night games are hard enough under the best of circumstances.
It's nearly impossible to come up with a complex game plan on short weeks, and players are still sore and tired from having played just four days before.
However, neither team can afford a let down this week after losing in embarrassing fashion on Sunday.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Info (via Covers.com)
- Over/Under: 42.5 pts.
- Spread: Tennessee (+3)
Colts Injury Report (via Colts.com)
Titans Injury Report (via TitansOnline.com)
Which Team Will Rebound?
Indy fell to 6-3 on the season after getting annihilated by the St. Louis Rams, losing 38-8 at home in Week 10. Andrew Luck threw three interceptions before giving way to Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.
Luck is clearly missing Reggie Wayne, who was lost for the season a few weeks ago when he tore his ACL in the game against the Denver Broncos.
While the Colts got creamed at home, the Titans suffered an even worse fate when they lost at home to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars—a team most NFL analysts didn't expect a single victory from this year.
Making matters worse, Jake Locker injured his foot in the contest, and he's going to miss the rest of the season, as noted by the Titans on Twitter:
#Titans coach Mike Munchak confirms Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) November 11, 2013
Tennessee will roll with Ryan Fitzpatrick the rest of the way. With a record of 4-5, the Titans are just two games behind the Colts in the AFC South, and a victory on Thursday night would make for a spicy finale to the season.
Since opening the season with a record of 3-1, Tennessee has gone cold, losing four of its next five games to fall to 4-5. Losing to Jacksonville at home was devastating to the psyche of the team, as was Locker's season-ending foot injury.
The Colts have responded well after both of their first two losses, beating San Francisco convincingly at Candlestick Park after losing to Miami and then taking down the undefeated Denver Broncos after getting dominated by San Diego in Week 6.
Which team will win?
Indianapolis is a good team that lost a bad game in Week 10, but Tennessee is just a bad team—especially with Fitzpatrick behind center instead of a healthy Locker.
The Colts will bottle up Chris Johnson and Tennessee's running game, forcing the Titans into a one-dimensional offense. On the other side, you can expect to see a heavy dose of Donald Brown and Trent Richardson against the soft run defense of the Titans.
Colts win 31-17.
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