NFL Week 15 Picks: Tennessee Titans Trying to Keep AFC Hopes Alive

Brandon GriffinCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans takes a snap behind  Eugene Amano #54 of the Tennessee Titans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Titans are fighting for the sixth and final wild card spot along with the Jets, Bengals, Raiders and Chargers. So the Titans really need to win their remaining three games.

That all starts with their game this Sunday.

This week the Tennessee Titans take a trip to Indiana and take on their AFC South rival, the Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have been without Peyton Manning all year, and they have lost each of their first 13 games.

The Titans have had a decent stretch over the last four weeks with close losses to Atlanta and New Orleans, and wins over the Bills and Buccaneers.

In each of those wins Chris Johnson had more than 150 yards. In the losses he didn't gain 40 yards combined. So the Titans clearly rely on CJ2K to have a good game if they are going to pull out the victory.

The Colts haven't had much luck this year, and this game should be a simple victory for the Titans if they go in and take care of business.

Their defense was good against a great New Orleans offense, only allowing 22 points, and the Colts have not been a high scoring offense this season, only scoring 14 points per contest.

The Colts defense, which used to terrorize quarterbacks with the likes of Dwight Freeney, hasn't done so this season. 

That is great news for Matt Hasselbeck if he takes the field Sunday, as he is nursing a strained calf muscle. Especially since the Colts allow a league worst 29 points per game. 

These stats are in opposition to the Titan offense's lackluster 20 points per game, and their defense's 19 points allowed.

The Titans defense bends, but it doesn't break.

Just about anyway you look at this game the Titans should come back to Nashville next week with a win and be that much closer to doing their part at getting into the playoffs. 

Tennessee Titans - 27

Indianapolis Colts - 10