NFL Week 17 Betting Lines: Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts

Posted by Aaron . on December 30, 2015 in

The Tennessee Titans head to Indianapolis as both of these teams look to complete seasons that have been fairly forgettable. The Titans have shown some improvement with Marcus Mariota on the squad, but they have also shown that they need to put some more pieces around him in terms of talent. The Colts have gone through quarterback injury hell, losing Andrew Luck for the year and then seeing Matt Hasselbeck go down as well. Because of this quarterback chaos (the Titans are starting backup Zach Mettenberger), there is no NFL betting line for this game yet, but make sure to check back here for odds.

Why should you choose the Tennessee Titans to win?

Just who WILL the Colts have at quarterback? There’s no reason to rush Andrew Luck back for a meaningless game. Matt Hasselbeck’s shoulder is still gimpy. Charlie Whitehurst is #3 on the depth chart, but he went on IR Monday thanks to a bum hamstring. The team signed Stephen Morris, once a Miami Hurricane but then a player who was ignored in the 2014 draft, as an emergency option, and it looks like he will get the ball. He has never appeared in any NFL games. The team did bring in Josh Freeman for a workout on Monday, but he didn’t sign. Freeman hasn’t been in an NFL game since he appeared with the Vikings on October 21, 2013. The Colts still have a shot at the playoffs, but they would need 9 other games to go their way in addition to a win over the Titans (including some NFC games as the strength of victory tiebreaker would come into play between them and Houston. So there’s no reason to risk Luck who would be returning from injuries to his ribs and kidney. When there’s that much chaos under center, take the Titans.

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Why should you choose the Indianapolis Colts to win?

If Indianapolis wins, Tennessee gets the #1 draft pick. If Tennessee wins, then the Browns would be next in line for that top pick. If Josh Freeman or Stephen Morris is the Colts’ starting quarterback, it would take some real work for the Titans to tank that badly….but anything is possible.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s not often that I tell people to steer completely clear of a game, but I wouldn’t bet on this game unless it’s an absolute requirement for you. I would watch the news in the day or two ahead of the game, and if Luck’s starting, I would probably take the Colts — but I still might not, because the Titans’ pass rush could knock him out or at least expose his rust in the form of bad decisions and interceptions. If anyone else is starting for Indianapolis, I take the Titans to prevail in a 16-9 anti-thriller.