The start of the playoffs in the NFL is still a week away, but there are a few games in Week 17 that are basically as important as a playoff game. The outcome of these games will determine who is in and who is out when the postseason begins, which means that the pressure is going to be at the highest level of the season on Sunday. The teams that handle that pressure the best will be the ones who live to fight another day, plus they will get a little bit of a leg up heading into the playoffs.
After all, when you have had practice playing in elimination style games, you are better equipped to handle the challenges to come. The Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts have had their game flexed to Sunday night, as their game is the biggest of the week. The winner of this one heads into the postseason, while the loser packs their bags and goes home. Both teams are on a great run of form, so this is going to be a tough one to call. The Colts are in as a 3 ½ point road favorite, with the point total set at 43.
Colts vs Titans NFL Week 17 Lines & Pick for Sunday Night
- When: Sunday, December 30 at 8:20 PM EST
- Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville
- TV: NBC
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NFL League Pass
- NFL Week 17 Lines: Indianapolis Colts -3 (Total 43)
- Partly Cloudy: 5°C/41°F
- Humidity: 61%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 58%
- Wind: 3 mph S
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Indianapolis Colts?
Given how this season started for the Colts, it was tough to imagine that they would be in a ‘win and you’re in’ situation in the final week of the regular season. Indianapolis has won 8 of their last 10 games and is coming into this one on a 3-game winning streak.
It’s more than fair to suggest that the Colts are back in the business of winning games because they finally have their QB fit and healthy. It has been a rough couple of years for Andrew Luck, but he is having a fantastic season. Having him starting may be enough to swing this one in the favor of the Colts, as Luck is 10-0 SU in career games versus the Titans. On the negative side, the Colts have only won 1 of their last 10 night games. They are 1-1 ATS as a road favorite this year.
- Average Score For: 26.67
- Total Yards: 382.87
- Rush Yards: 104.00
- Passing Yards: 278.87
- Average Score Against: 21.80
- Total Yards: 344.87
- Rush Yards: 102.20
- Passing Yards: 242.67
Why bet on the Tennessee Titans?
As good as Tennessee has been in recent weeks, they come into this must-win games with real concerns about the health of their QB Marcus Mariota. The QB suffered an elbow injury in the Titans 25-16 win over the New York Giants last week, their 4th straight victory.
The Titans appear to be peaking at just the right time, but are they going to be able to come out and win their most important game of the season if their QB isn’t healthy or playing at less than 100%? There is a reason to believe that they can pull it out, as they have been good as the underdog this season, going 6-3 ATS as a favorite, which includes a 3-1 ATS record as a home favorite this season.
- Average Score For: 19.53
- Total Yards: 316.00
- Rush Yards: 128.67
- Passing Yards: 187.33
- Average Score Against: 18.00
- Total Yards: 326.54
- Rush Yards: 113.67
- Passing Yards: 212.87
Colts vs Titans NFL Week 17 Betting Trends
- Indianapolis is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Tennessee
- Indianapolis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indianapolis’s last 6 games
- Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Colts vs Titans
This has all the makings of a tight game that is going to go down to the wire, and it may come down to a big play or two to decide this one. Andrew Luck seems like the man made for those big plays, which is why I am on the Colts to win and cover.
Score: Indianapolis Colts 24 – Tennessee Titans 20