This week’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup is between the Indianapolis Colts (5-3) and the Tennessee Titans (6-2). Both teams are having a nice season and look to secure the top spot in the AFC South.
Thursday Night Football
The Colts enter Thursday night a bit unsure of themselves. Although they have a winning record, they haven’t beaten anyone.
Having victories over the Jets, Bengals, and Lions, to name a few, won’t gain you much respect amongst the NFL community.
I understand that you can only beat who you have in front of you; but Indianapolis had an opportunity to get a statement win last weekend only to lose against Baltimore.
Their key to success Thursday night will depend on how well Philip Rivers can attack the Titans defense through the air.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel was asked about the savvy veteran and had this to say..
“He’s been able to play at a very high level for a long period of time. He’s a franchise quarterback that doesn’t miss games and is durable.”Terry McCormick
As for the Titans, they’ve battled through Covid-19 and short weeks because of schedule changes.
These schedule disruptions have caught up with them later having gone 1-2 in their last few outings.
Something about them just seems off..
But remember these Titans are the same team that fought tooth-and-nail with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. They will not go gentle into that good night– especially at home.
These Titans will indeed rage!
In order for the Titans to regain a sense of normalcy, Derek Henry needs to rumble and break-down the Colts stellar defense.
He was held to a disappointing 68-yards rushing last weekend against another good defense in Chicago. Titans fans and Fantasy football owners need more from Henry if both are to secure a victory.
It’s Colts vs Titans on “Thursday Night Football,” and the winner of this game has a leg-up in the AFC South.
And as Fantasy football season is cresting, we’ll help you leave a high watermark Thursday night!
Fantasy Football Starts
Fantasy football starts are guys that need to be in your starting lineup to maximize points for you team in any given week.
Derek Henry, Titans
Derek Henry doesn’t need an introduction, but I’ll give him one anyway. He’s a 6’3″ 247-pound battering-ram, and trying to tackle him is like standing in-front-of a truck and letting it hit you at 20-miles-per-hour.
It’s an unpleasant day in the office for any would-be defender trying to tackle Henry in any gap they choose to fill.
Indianapolis will have their hands full Thursday night keeping this Fantasy football stud in check.
Henry is the second-leading rusher in the league with 843-yards and has added eight touchdowns thus far.
Look for Henry to bounce-back from last week’s lackluster performance and show-out at home. He’s a massive man, and he’ll eventually wear-down a Colts defense only allowing 83.6-yards to opposing rushers.
Prediction: 25-carries 117-yards, 2-Td’s
Jordan Wilkins, Colts
I know, I Know, Jonathan Taylor is the lead running back for the Colts, but Jordan Wilkins has 31-carries in the past two weeks, and he’s a better natural receiver than Taylor.
Wilkins counter-part, ya know the starter–Taylor has only carried the ball 17 times in the past two games.
Is Jonathan Taylor hitting the dreaded “rookie wall,” or are the Colts protecting him from it?
Nevertheless, Wilkins has value in the Colts offense going forward and is a nice Flex play for Fantasy football owners Thursday night.
Prediction: 14-carries 57-yards, 3-receptions 24-yards, 1-Td
A.J. Brown, Titans
It’s true the Titans need to be a run-first team with Derek Henry, but A.J Brown is key to taking the top off the defense.
He averages 14.7-yards-per-catch, and makes quarterback Ryan Tannehills’ job easier.
Once Brown gets the ball in his hands, he’s an explosive and very dangerous receiver.
Brown will need to get separation in the secondary and keep making big plays against a Colts defense only allowing 206-yards through the air.
Prediction: 5-receptions 73-yards, 1-Td
Nyheim Hines, Colts
Nyheim Hines is a scat-back with great elusiveness and excellent acceleration after the catch.
If Jonathan Taylor is being throttled down, don’t expect him to be on the field for passing plays. Hines is the pass-catching back, and Rivers loves to dump the ball off.
I’m not endorsing Hines as a starter in every Fantasy football league, but in deeper leagues and teams that have bye-week issues, he’s worth a look.
Thursday night football has been unpredictable this season, so a player like Hines may surprise.
Prediction: 4-receptions 37-yards, 1-Td
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