November 14, 2013

Are the Colts really a contender?

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

It is hard to look worse than the Colts did last week against the St. Louis Rams. At least the Cowboys had an excuse, playing on the road against one of the league’s best teams.

No, the Colts were playing in Indianapolis against a team that was 3-6 and starting its backup QB.

Andrew Luck looked bad, chucking three picks and losing a fumble. Sure, he had 353 yards, but he didn’t lead a scoring drive until very late in the fourth quarter.

Without Luck playing well, maybe this team just doesn’t have any, well, luck.

If you look at their stats, they’re the definition of average. Indy ranks 15th in passing and 16th rushing on offence and, worse, 19th against the pass and 26th against the run.

Does that sound like a Super Bowl contender to you?

What this team does best is bounce back from losses and win games it probably shouldn’t.

That’s why this Thursday nighter is intriguing. Road teams aren’t given much chance and the Titans have looked solid, in spite of losing to the terrible Jags last week.

There’s really only one thing to look at when picking this game and that’s at the QB position: It’s Luck vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick.

And that should tell you all you really need to know about tonight’s game.

Pick: Indianapolis -2.5 over TENNESSEE
Last week: 9-5
This season:  69-73-4

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