Football odds handicappers know that Tennessee was the top seed in the AFC last year and has the ability to pull off the NFL gambling upset in this one. It won’t be easy for the Titans to defeat the Colts against the football odds, however, as Indianapolis has been one of the most impressive teams on the NFL gambling board so far this season.
The Colts enter this matchup with a record of 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the football odds with an even 2/2 split on over/under totals. New head coach Jim Caldwell has quieted skeptics that thought this team would suffer a drop against the football odds after Tony Dungy’s retirement as coach.
Caldwell is looking smarter thanks, of course, to quarterback Peyton Manning, who has an eye-popping quarterback rating of 114.5 against the football odds with 9 touchdown passes and just 3 interceptions. Manning has hit on a phenomenal 71% of his passes.
The Colts have the top ranked pass attack so far against the football odds but their ground game remains a cause for concern as it ranks just 28th in the NFL. The Indianapolis defense has looked sharp and ranks 3rd in points allowed. Last week the Colts scored a 34-17 home win and cover against the football odds versus Seattle as 10-point chalks.
The Tennessee Titans have not seemed to have recovered from their opening night overtime loss at Pittsburgh as they have gone 0-3 both straight up and against the football odds since that game. Last week was the Titans worst performance yet as they were blown out by the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-37 as 3-point road favorites.
The Titans may not match up well against the Colts as Tennessee ranks dead last in the NFL for pass defense and ranks 28th in points allowed. Quarterback Kerry Collins is not in Manning’s league either as he has a QB rating of 68.9 with a 5/6 touchdown to interception ratio.
Tennessee has gotten the cash in 6 out of their last 9 home games against the Colts. The two teams have gone under the total in 7 out of their last 8 meetings.