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The Titans (1-2) earned their first victory of the season by edging the visiting Las Vegas Raiders 24-22. The Titans led wire to wire with the Raiders getting as close as two after a Mack Hollins touchdown reception with 1:14 to go. The Titans snuffed out the ensuing two-point conversion. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 19-for-27 with 264 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, plus a rushing score.
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The Colts (1-1-1) also won for the first time this season with a narrow 20-17 victory vs. the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts came back from down 17-10 in the third quarter to score the final 10 points of the game. Colts quarterback Matt Ryan connected with Jelani Woods for the 12-yard game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left. Ryan completed 27 of his 37 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Both of Woods’ catches were touchdowns, with the other coming in the first quarter.
The Titans’ offense ranks 20th in rushing yards (94.0), tied for 22nd in points (17.0), and 23rd in passing yards (208.3). Tannehill has a passer rating of 84.7 and has been sacked four times.
Robert Woods leads the Titans with nine receptions for 137 yards and six first downs. Treylon Burks has eight catches for 115 yards and six first downs. Running back Dontrell Hillard has two touchdown receptions and has caught four first downs. Running back Derrick Henry has rushed for 192 yards, two touchdowns, and seven first downs on 54 carries.
Defensively, the Titans allow 28.0 points per game. Safety Kevin Byard and cornerback Roger McCreary led the Titans with 23 tackles apiece. Linebacker Rashad Weaver is tops for the Titans with three sacks for 14 yards. Linebackers David Long Jr. and Zach Cunningham each have 17 tackles. Defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons has eight tackles, two sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble. Safety Amani Hooker and cornerback Kristian Fulton each have 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Colts’ offense ranks 17th in rushing yards (104.3), 20th in passing yards (227.0), and 31st in points per game (13.3). Ryan has a passer rating of 77.2 and has been sacked 12 times.
Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is tops for the Colts with 17 receptions for 193 yards, a touchdown, and 11 first downs. Wide receiver Ashton Dulin has nine receptions for 132 yards and six first downs. Running back Jonathan Taylor leads the Colts with 286 yards, a touchdown, and 15 first downs on the ground.
Defensively, the Colts rank 15th in points per game (20.3). Linebacker Zaire Franklin leads the Colts with 30 tackles and also has two tackles for loss. Linebacker Bobby Okereke is second on the Colts with 25 tackles. Defensive end Kwity Paye has 13 tackles and a team-best two sacks and four tackles for loss.
For the Titans, some key players on the injury list as of Sept. 27 includes Cunningham (questionable), while safety Ugo Amadi, linebacker Ola Adeniyi, linebacker Bud Dupree, and wide receiver Kyle Philips are all out.
Injured list players for the Colts going into Sept. 27 includes cornerback Stephon Gilmore (questionable), linebacker Shaquille Leonard (out), offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann (out), and safety Julian Blackmon (questionable).
The Colts are favored by three points against the Titans. For the money line, it’s Titans +145 and Colts -175. The over/under is set for 42.5 points. Figure on a defensive battle and the under occurring.
The Titans will cover the spread but the Colts will pull out the victory to begin a winning streak.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.