Friday, October 9, 2009

If the Titans don't beat Indianapolis this week, they likely will be 0-6 heading into bye week

As a fan, it is disappointing when your team is likely eliminated from the playoffs this early in the season. This is especially so when a team like the Tennessee Titans was expected to be extremely competitive. However, the Titans are 0-4 and share the worst record in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St. Louis Rams. That is some pretty gruesome company. Carolina is 0-3 so, technically, their record is a little better than Tennessee's.

This week, the Indianapolis Colts visit Nashville to play the Titans on NBC's Sunday night national broadcast. We can bet that much of NBC's storyline will focus on the Titans' collapse.

Despite losing its first three, Tennessee was competitive and could have won all three. However, last week's debacle at Jacksonville was breathtaking. The defense could not stop me, and the offense padded its statistics late in the game when it did not matter.

The Titans' pass defense has been hampered by injury. It looks like cornerback Courtland Finnegan may try to play, and Nick Harper is banged up. This isn't good news when facing Peyton Manning. Manning has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of the Colts' first four games. This is the first time in his career that he has thrown for that many yards in four straight games.

In the aftermath of Tennessee's disastrous start, it is almost hard to remember that it was the Titans who won the AFC South last year. This year, the division already appears to be the Colts to lose. The Colts are 4-0 and lead Jacksonville and Houston by two games, but does anybody really believe those two teams will catch them?

If Tennessee loses this week, a trip to New England awaits next week and a likely 0-6 start heading into the bye week. Speaking of "byes" we probably should go ahead and say that to this season.

The pick: Indianapolis 35 Tennessee 17

Other picks: Baltimore over Cincinnati, Atlanta over San Francisco, New England over Denver, Cleveland over Buffalo, Dallas over Kansas City, Philadelphia over Tampa Bay

Last week: 6-1 (.875), Overall: 26-8 (.765)

1 comment:

Chris said...

Colts 31 Titans 9. One team scored touchdowns. The other kicked field goals. The Titans had their chances, but they simply aren't in the Colts' league this year.