No Peyton Manning? That hasn’t been a problem for the Indianapolis Colts when they play the Tennessee Titans. Like NFC North opponents who waited for Brett Favre‘s retirement, many Titans fans anticipated that the Colts would need a long-term rebuild once Manning departed. Somehow, in their last four meetings against a Manning-less Colts team, the Titans have a 1-3 record. That includes a 2012 Colts sweep and a 2011 Colts victory when Dan Orlovsky was starting for an 0-13 team.
Can the Colts make it four in a row? They’re three-point favorites to invade LP Field and give the Titans their sixth loss of the season. Both teams want to bounce back from Week 10 upsets. The Titans lost a home game to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, 29-27. The Colts lost a home game to the St. Louis Rams, 38-8. In Week 9, the Titans beat the same team in St. Louis, 28-21.
It’s a huge divisional game for both teams. The Titans could get within one game of the AFC South lead and improve their standing for the No. 6 seed. The Colts could take a three-game lead with six games remaining and a Dec. 1 home matchup vs Tennessee. The Titans mustn’t drop to 0-3 against divisional foes.
Each team has major injuries. The Colts have dropped off since Reggie Wayne tore his ACL. The Titans will finish the season without Jake Locker, who suffered a Lisfranc injury.
What do our readers think? Will the Titans pull off the upset? Which team bounces back from their Week 10 letdown? And will the team that loses their second consecutive game head into a downward tailspin? Discuss in the comments, Twitter or Facebook.