Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – Sunday October 28, 2012 1:00PM EST
Online sports book experts are starting to think that Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay may actually know what he is doing. The eccentric owner took a lot of heat when he gutted his team in the offseason and sent popular veterans such as Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark packing. He took even more heat when he brought in mostly rookies to replace those veteran players. Colts’ fans prepared themselves for a long and frustrating season that would seem like it will never end. Instead, the Colts drafted wisely and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is that the helm of a 3-3 team that could be challenging for a playoff spot. For now, that Irsay guy is a genius.
The Tennessee Titans are having a hard time convincing itself that Jake Locker really is the quarterback of the future. The online football betting crowd has noticed that the Titans do a lot more winning with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck under center than when Locker is on the field. That is probably why Hasselbeck will be starting this game against the Colts, even though Locker is healthy and able to play. The Titans were able to bust out in Buffalo, but that was against a Bills team that is struggling. The Colts are getting better every week and pose a significant challenge to the Titans.
Even the best online betting sites are surprised at how well Andrew Luck has adapted to the NFL. Luck and his rookie receivers have been listening intently to veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne and the entire offense is starting to benefit. Now that the Colts have a young offense that it feels it can win with, it is time to work on getting a new defense in place. But for now, the defense the Colts have should be more than enough to handle the Titans.
For the first time in a long time, the sports betting sites got to see Titans’ running back Chris Johnson run over the opposition on the road. Johnson racked up almost 200 rushing yards in Buffalo as he helped the Titans to squeak out a win. As bad as the Indianapolis defense can look at times, it is still able to handle the run better than the Buffalo defense. The Titans will have to rely on Hasselbeck to win this game, and that is not such a bad thing.
The Bottom Line
The Indianapolis Colts are in the unique situation of having a group of rookie players that have adapted well to the NFL and are already on their way to establishing an offensive identity. The Titans still seem lost and clueless on what kind of identity it wants to have, and that kind of ambiguity will not fly against a Colts team that is on the rise.
Read more about the Colts and the changes it made in the offseason.
Pick: Indianapolis Colts