Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season. The excitement of a fresh season is beginning to wear off and it is time to get to the nitty-gritty of hard-nosed football! The Elldee Sports Game of the Week for the NFL is the Indianapolis Colts at the Tennessee Titans. After the Titans dismantled the Browns last week 43-13, the Las Vegas book makers are backing Tennessee to win this divisional matchup.
None of the experts knew exactly what they would get with the Colts this season after the shocking retirement announcement from All-Pro Quarterback, Andrew Luck, just days before the season began. While watching the first half of last week’s game, I am not sure if the Colts themselves knew what to expect. They started slow against the LA Chargers before coming alive in the second half but ultimately losing in Overtime. Once Indianapolis settled in they didn’t look all that bad. Jacoby Brissett looks like he can lead this team to the playoffs going 21-27, 190 yards, and 2 TDs. Not bad for a player who didn’t expect to play until 2 weeks ago.
One of the most hyped teams in the offseason was the Cleveland Browns and all of their young talent. The Tennessee Titans didn’t care what the newpapers had said and proceeded to thoroughly handle the young team by 30 points. Looks can be deceiving though, statistically speaking, as the Titans are 22nd in passing and barely cracked the top 10 in rushing. Derrick Henry did not break 100 yards last week and QB Marcus Mariota finished the day with a 53 QBR.
Regardless of stats or surprise starts, this is a divisional game and the competition will be fierce. The Elldee Sports Formula is calling for a 16-7 Indianapolis victory. Many times, recency bias can create a fog when thinking about who will win from week to week. The fact that the Colts lost and are without a star QB while the Tennessee Titans hammered a team that was a pick to be much improved has caused the public to believe that Tennessee is better than they are and worthy of being 3-point favorites. Don’t count on it. Until next time, good luck!
Indianapolis Colts 16 – Tennessee Titans 7
Colts (+3) and Under 44