The Indianapolis Colts are, NFL wagering-wise, 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS this season, a record with more ups and downs than Demi Lovato in 2010. There is one streak, however, nay, almost a tradition, that the Colts have, for the last six years, kept alive, and it’s their 11-game winning streak over the Tennessee Titans, who have not defeated the Colts since October 30th, 2011. This season’s Indianapolis is a shadow of its former self, though; it’s more Indy from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, than Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade Indy, or even Temple of Doom, for that matter.
- Date: Monday, 16th October
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Nissan Stadium
Sportsbook NFL gambling odds:
Colts +7 (-105) 48 (-110) +271
Titans -7 (-115) 48 (-110) -335
Head coach Chuck Pagano has, unluckily for the Colts, ruled out Andrew Luck, who returned to practice last week, albeit on a limited basis, for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in January, of Monday’s game against the Titans. Jacoby Brissett will, as a result of Luck’s continued absence, make his fifth start for the team since the Colts acquired him from the Patriots in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. Brissett is 2-2 SU but 3-1 ATS, so, all things considered, Indy could still get, if not the straight-up win, at least the against-the-NFL wagering-spread win. The Colts are 27-9 ATS playing a team with a losing record and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games on Monday, but also 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win, 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games following a win, and -10-3 ATS in their last 17 games in Week 6.
— Caroline Cann (@ncarolinecann) October 13, 2017
Mariota is out
It’s not all bad news, though; Titans starting QB Marcus Mariota might not play Monday because of a hamstring injury. And while gaining a quantum of solace from the fact that Brissett is better, or at the very least, less bad than Matt Cassel, could be a construed as an example of delectatio morosa, the fact remains that the Colts have better shot at making it 12 in a row without Mariota on the other side of the field. Especially because, considering how awful Indy’s defense is, the Colts need to score as many points as it humanly possible. The Colts have allowed 31.8 points per game and nearly 400 yards of total offense, worst and second worst in the NFL, and the pass defense has allowed almost 300 yards per game – 30th out of 32 teams.
Indy has, as it turns out, another little streak going on. The total has gone over on the Colts’ last three games, as well as in four of their five regular season games. That is undoubtedly due in no small part to that porous defense mentioned above, though Indy has kept it close, losing by just three points all of its game except the two in which they were blown out, by the Rams and the Seahawks. The NFL wagering total has, moreover, gone over in eight of the Colts’ last nine games on the road.