Chris Johnson’s play in the final 7 games could determine a new deal or out him running out of Tennessee altogether.
The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans will meet for the first time this season in an important AFC South battle. Both teams are looking to rebound from embarrassing losses in Week 10. The Colts we taken apart by the St. Louis Rams 38-8 and the Titans were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-27. The win was the Jaguars first of the season.
The Titans loss to the Jaguars came with a heavy price as quarterback Jake Locker was lost for the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick will make the start, but may spend the bulk of his evening handing off to running back Chris Johnson. Johnson is still struggling to regain his form of two seasons ago and may be playing out his final weeks in a Titans uniform. The Titans pass defense is respectable, but their run defense is too generous — allowing 114 yards per game. The Rams defense forced five turnovers and three sacks against the Colts. It’s imperative for the to Titans take advantage of the home crowd and pressure Colts quarterback Andrew Luck early.
Indianapolis followed up emotional wins over Denver and Houston with a dud against St. Louis. Andrew Luck dropped back 47 times against a relentless Rams pass rush — throwing three picks. The Colts running attack was putrid as Luck accounted for 17 of the Colts 20 yards. The trade for running back Trent Richardson is looking worse each week. Veteran Donald Brown remains an option. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was productive for the second consecutive week, accounting for over 100 yards. Employing some trickery with the shifty second-year player isn’t a bad idea at this point. The Colts defense is allowing close to 370 yards per game, 126 of those yards are on the ground. The Colts pass rush has to get to backup Fitzpatrick and not let Chris Johnson get into any kind of rhythm.
Prediction: Colts 22 – Titans 17