This will be the first divisional matchup for the Tennessee Titans (2-2), who are coming off a win. Welcoming them to Indiana is an Indianapolis Colts (2-2) squad that’s already played their other two AFC South rivals. The entire AFC South is 2-2 entering Week 5, so this game will give one team an early edge.
Tennessee has taken the past five head-to-head matchups with the Colts. Will that change on Sunday afternoon?
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— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 4, 2023
Titans vs. Colts Odds and Match Details
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- Fixture: Tennesee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
- Date and Time: October 8, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Weather Forecast: N/A (Domed Stadium)
- Field Surface: FieldTurf
Titans vs. Colts Injury Report
- Treylon Burks (WR) – Knee: Questionable
- Luke Gifford (LB) – Hamstring: Questionable
- Teair Tart (DL) – Toe: Questionable
- DeForest Buckner (DT) – Back: Questionable
- Ryan Kelly (C) – Concussion: Questionable
- Shaquille Leonard (LB) – Groin: Questionable
- Tyquan Lewis (DE) – Knee: Questionable
- Kwity Paye (DE) – Concussion: Questionable
- Bernhard Raimann (OT) – Concussion: Questionable
- Jonathan Taylor (RB) – Ankle: PUP List
Titans Key Stats
Tennessee’s defense has been the team’s strength so far. The Titans are holding their foes to 17.5 points per game (8th) after limiting the Bengals to three last week. They’ve recorded 13 sacks through their first four contests.
Nobody has been better at stifling the run, with the Titans only giving up 2.9 yards per carry. Things are different against the pass, where the Titans are allowing 7.9 yards per attempt (27th). The final tally is 311.3 yards against per game on 5.0 yards per snap.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 2, 2023
Flipping to the offense, Derrick Henry is only picking up 3.9 yards per carry, but he’s still the focal point. Meanwhile, the Titans began the week 31st in pass attempts (109) but averaged 7.2 yards per attempt after four games. Ryan Tannehill has targeted new weapon Deandre Hopkins at least five times every week.
Tannehill has also been sacked 16 times and thrown four interceptions. In Tennessee’s first two road games, they only mustered 18 total points. They may gain 4.9 yards per play, but the Titans only average 18.0 points per game.
Colts Key Stats
Indianapolis’ rookie QB, Anthony Richardson, has 479 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception after 72 pass attempts. His legs, with help from Zack Moss, have led to 43 rushing yards as a team. The Colts are averaging 24.3 points per game, with at least 21 each week.
Even with a rookie signal caller, the Colts only have three giveaways so far. Richardson has been sacked six times, and Minshew was brought down five times in his lone start against the Ravens. Indianapolis may only gain 4.8 yards per play, but they’re finding ways to put up points anyway.
The Titans aren’t the only ones excelling against the run, as the Colts have limited their enemies to 3.8 yards per carry. Also, like Tennessee, Indianapolis isn’t doing well against the pass. Opponents have racked up 1,146 passing yards and 7.6 yards per attempt this year.
Allowing 5.2 yards per play has led to 24.8 points against in an average game. Each of Indianapolis’ opponents has scored at least 19. Six takeaways and 14 sacks haven’t been enough to offset getting consistently gashed.
Tennessee is 0-2 on the road because they’ve been allergic to the end zone on the road. Six field goals in two away games have accounted for all of their scoring as visitors. Those two losses were also against the toughest rushing defenses they’ve faced so far. The Colts may have a lot of yards allowed on the ground, but they’ve also faced the fourth-most attempts. Rushing efficiency won’t be the Titans’ friend on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Colts have been reliable for more than 20 points every week. They’ve already faced three tough defenses, so Tennessee shouldn’t be a problem. Especially not if Jonathan Taylor rejoins the team, forming a lethal backfield with Anthony Richardson. Lucas Oil Stadium finally sees a Colts victory in 2023 when they shut down Tennessee’s offense and have another 21+-point day.