Monday Night Football Betting — Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
The biggest question surrounding the Monday night football game between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts is that which concerns perhaps the element in the game that is of the most impact. We are talking about the availability of Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota, who had been uncertain because of an injury but is now reportedly going to make the start. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, and if you are a BetAnySports customer, you will have the chance to get reduced juice before the game starts, and then, after the kickoff, to engage in real-time wagering, courtesy of Live Betting Ultra.
Mariota had injured his hamstring and did not play at all last week against the Miami Dolphins, and his backup, Matt Cassel, completed 21 out of 32 passes, but for just 141 yards. The perception, and a justifiable one, is that Mariota can advance the ball further downfield, although the Titans don’t necessarily do a great job stretching opposing secondaries.
Head coach Mike Mularkey had been saying that Mariota would be a “game-time decision,” as he did not want to risk further injury. But a beat writer covering the team published a Tweet indicating that he was indeed expected to be in the lineup.
The Titans (2-3 SU & ATS) were very flat last weekend in losing 16-10 to the Miami Dolphins, and what made that incredibly disappointing is that they were coming off a 57-14 beating at the hands of the Houston Texans.
The Colts (2-3 SU, 3-2 ATS) have dealt from the beginning with the absence of quarterback Andrew Luck, one of the bigger difference-makers in the NFL. They have beaten two of the lesser lights of the league – the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers – and have taken a couple of frightful beatings themselves – losing 46-9 to the Los Angeles Rams and 46-18 to the Seattle Seahawks.
In the Monday night football betting odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Titans are favored by a healthy margin:
Tennessee Titans -7 (+100)
Indianapolis Colts +7 (-120)
Over 46.5 points -110
Under 46.5 points -110
Scott Tolzien was a disaster filling in for Luck in the opening week, so Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made the move to Jacoby Brissett, who was not acquired by the team until late in training camp. Therefore, the offense has had to be fed to him in doses. But he is demonstrating that even though he may not have a future as a starting quarterback in the league, he may have some staying power as a backup.
Brissett has his shortcomings, to be certain; he’s been sacked 14 times, against 127 attempts, and he only has two touchdown passes. But he’s completed 61% of his passes, and also adds that element of being able to run with the ball. In fact, he’s scored three times with his legs.
Indianapolis has grizzled veteran Frank Gore in the backfield, but he is carrying only a 3.2-yard average. So they may continue turning to Marlon Mack, who had 91 yards on nine carries in last week’s 26-23 victory over San Francisco. What Brissett hopes is that he might be able to isolate his best receiver, the explosive speedster T.Y. Hilton (177 yards vs. the Niners) against Tennessee’s rookie cornerback, Adoree’ Jackson.
The Titans, regardless of who plays quarterback, will rely an awful lot on the running game. Derrick Henry, a former Heisman Trophy winner just like Mariota, had just nine yards on the ground last week, and DeMarco Murray need to carry the ball a lot more. We’ll see if that happens.
Tennessee needs to get a better pass rush on; if they don’t, they allow Brissett to extend plays. If you are looking for a technical angle here, the Colts have won eleven straight meetings in this series, with a 9-1-1 ATS record. We’re going to be “on the take” here.
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