@TSFSports Thursday Night NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)

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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

One Response to “@TSFSports Thursday Night NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)”

  1. mapoui says:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9980973/robert-griffin-iii-washington-redskins-leadership-questioned-darrell-green

    all the talk about washington is negative with Robert Griffin at the centre. now old Darrell Green chips and it is that Griffin is not a good leader…

    WHY IN THE HELL IS WINNING IN WASHINGTON PREDICATED ON GRIFFIN TOTALLY…WHY IS IT HIS RESPONSIBILITY ENTIRELY FOR WINNING, WHETHER RUNNING, THROWING OR LEADING?

    didn’t they hire a god’dam ‘world class’ coach to put together a team that could win..just like with Andrew Lucks’ ownership is doing in Indianapolis?

    why in Washington it comes down to just to second year Griffin?

    and why isn’t that QB standing up for himself! why isn’t he telling the media where to get off…at crazy Shanahan’s office…incompetent Shanahan.. who is putting it all on his QB, who apparently won’t stand up for himself.

    no QB no matter how brilliant can win on his own. it comes down to team and coach/gm. Shanahan is apparently doing a lousy job in Washington. he wants to get Griffin killed , having to run the ball all the time.

    they are all talking about how Griffin must learn how to slide properly to save himself. nonsense!

    how about the coach designing plays with high quality players employed by the front office that forego his QB running all the time, exposing himself to the power of linebackers and safeties.

    what’s going on in Washington can be seen in Shanahans glassy stare..pure insanity! and the media has placed Griffin in the centre of it as responsible for failure of Shanahans insanity.

    taking on that responsibility Griffin will get himself killed.

    its an irritating but very interesting situation… in which Griffin seemingly has no support. if he does not defend himself, protect himself on all levels… he will be destroyed