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A playoff spot is up for grabs as the winner of this contest gets in when a pair of AFC South rivals take the field in week 17. The Indianapolis Colts are on the road as they travel to face the Tennessee Titans Sunday night. Indianapolis rallied for a 28-27 win at home over the Giants last Sunday in their previous contest. Tennessee picked up a 25-16 win at home over Washington last Saturday in their previous contest. The Colts own a 32-15 edge in the all-time regular season series and have taken 12 of the last 14 meetings, including a 38-10 home win in the first matchup November 18.
Indianapolis Colts Try to Return to Postseason
Indianapolis won for the eighth time in nine games as they rallied to get past the Giants with a late score. A win here gets the Colts to the playoffs in Frank Reich’s first season as the head coach. Indianapolis trailed 17-7 at the half, 24-14 in the third quarter and 27-21 with 9:20 to play. The Colts drove 53 yards in eight plays, scoring the winning touchdown with 53 seconds to play. Indianapolis held a narrow 402-392 advantage in total offense and a 27-17 edge in first downs. That negated a 31:41 to 28:19 disadvantage in time of possession: both teams turned the ball over once.
The Colts put up an average of 278.9 yards per game through the air this season while they grind out 104 yards per contest on the ground. Indianapolis is 7th in the league in scoring offense with 26.8 points per game while they stand 13th in scoring defense as they allow 21.2 points per contest. Andrew Luck is 406 of 604 passing for 4,308 yards with 36 touchdowns against 14 interceptions while getting sacked 17 times. He is fourth on the team with 131 rushing yards. Marlon Mack leads the team with 170 carries for 789 yards plus eight scores. Jordan Wilkins (57 carries, 318 yards, TD) and Nyheim Hines (84 carries, 310 yards, two TD) are next in line. T.Y. Hilton leads the team with 74 receptions for 1,209 yards plus six scores. Eric Ebron has 62 receptions for 690 yards and 12 touchdowns while Hynes (60 catches, 400 yards, two TD), Chester Rogers (50 grabs, 453 yards, two TD) and Ryan Grant (34 catches, 330 yards, TD) are solid targets as well. Ebron is questionable for this one as he is in the concussion protocol. Adam Vinatieri is 41 of 43 on extra points and 21 of 25 field goals with a long of 54.
Tennessee Titans Shoot for Playoff Berth
Tennessee won their fourth straight game and sixth in their last eight games as they rallied past the Redskins. The Titans moved to 9-6 on the year and they know a win here gets them to the postseason. Tennessee trailed 10-9 at the half and 13-9 after three quarters before rallying. Down 16-12 in the fourth quarter, the Titans covered 75 yards in seven plays and 3:39 to go up 19-16 with 4:30 to play. Malcolm Butler sealed the win with a pick six as time expired to ensure the victory. Tennessee was outgained 292-291 in the game despite owning a 20-17 edge in first downs. The Titans lost the time of possession by a 33:03 to 26:57 margin but did force a pair of turnovers, including that pick six, while not committing a turnover.
The Titans pick up 187.3 yards per game through the air while they rack up 128.7 yards per contest on the ground. Tennessee is just 26th in scoring offense with 19.5 points per game while they are tied for second in scoring defense as they allow 18 points a contest. Marcus Mariota has completed 228 of 331 passes for 2,528 yards with 11 touchdowns against eight interceptions while adding 357 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Blaine Gabbert has hit 43 of 72 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Derrick Henry leads the team with 199 carries for 966 yards plus 12 while Dion Lewis has 155 carries for 517 yards and a touchdown. In the passing game, Corey Davis leads the way with 60 receptions for 843 yards plus four scores. Lewis has 56 receptions for 377 yards plus a touchdown while Taywan Taylor (35 grabs, 458 yards, TD) is the only other player with more than 26 receptions on the year. Ryan Succop has booted 26 of 29 extra point attempts and 25 of 29 field goal tries with a long of 54 this season.
- Titans are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game
- Titans are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Colts are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- Colts are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 1