What bettors need to know: Titans at Colts

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (+6, 39)

Titans in control

The Titans entered last year’s final game needing three other teams to lose, combined with their own victory, in order to make the playoffs. They didn’t make it, but it’s a lot simpler this time around.

Tennessee just needs a win in Indianapolis to secure a postseason berth for the first time in four seasons. Despite the Colts’ insistence that they will play a weakened team in a game that means nothing for them, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch warned that the Titans should expect a tough ride.

"I think we would be making a big mistake by thinking we're going to go in there and beat up on some backups," he told the Associated Press.

"Indianapolis is the defending world champ. That says a lot about their depth. They've been banged up for a good part of the year, playing with some backup guys.”

The Colts have dominated the Titans in recent seasons, winning seven of the last eight meetings. But Tennessee has managed to keep the score within three points or less in the last three meetings.

"What we've got to do is just stay focused and play our game,” quarterback Vince Young told the AP. “I really feel like we match up with the guys pretty good.  All we've got to do is just not think about what's ahead and just think about that game on Sunday.”

A Tennessee loss means the Browns will make the playoffs. The team that advances will face either San Diego or Pittsburgh in a wild card game next week.

Sorgi to see time

Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy has remained tightlipped about his plans for the Tennessee game, but he is certain that backup quarterback Jim Sorgi will be featured prominently in a game for the first time in two seasons.

Peyton Manning will make the start before handing over the reigns to his backup.

"I know Jim Sorgi's going to play at least a half,” coach Dungy told Indianapolis Star this week. “I don't know how early he'll get in the game, or if he'll get in the first half.”

The Colts have found themselves in a similar situation twice before. They had secured their playoff spot and seeding before the final game during both the 2004 and 2005 campaigns. Manning played the first series and then spent the rest of the game on the bench on both occasions. The same was true of several other front-line starters.

Injuries could also impact Dungy’s decision making. He already ruled out defensive tackle Raheem Brock, tight end Ben Utecht, cornerback Tim Jennings and offensive tackle Ryan Diem.

Defensive end Robert Mathis and safety Antoine Bethea are both doubtful.

While Dungy is unsure of his starting lineup, he is expecting a strong performance from whoever takes the field.

"You coach your team and you really can't worry about anybody else,” Dungy said. “We've got to get ourselves ready to go and just play the best we can and get ourselves ready for the playoffs.”

Harrison returns

The Colts have one other piece of injury news that could have a major impact on this game. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison is expected to play against Tennessee, his first appearance since the Oct. 22 game at Jacksonville.

The eight-time Pro Bowl receiver injured his knee in late September and missed 11 games, including the last nine straight. Dungy told the Indianapolis Star that Harrison “felt good” in practice this week and that he took repetitions with the No.1 offense on Thursday and Friday.

"He's a guy that if he didn't play this week, I wouldn't be worried about him,” Dungy said. “If he's feeling good and healthy two weeks from now, I'd think he'd have a great game."

Harrison has 247 yards and one touchdown in five appearances this season. He registered a combined 201 yards and two TDs in two games against the Titans last year.

Head to head

The Colts have won seven of their last eight meetings with Tennessee, but the Titans have covered the spread in the last three. Five consecutive series games have gone under the total.

Indianapolis is 9-6 ATS overall this season, while the Titans are 7-8.

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Posted by Kippspats
6 years ago

Actually nuggs I got lucky never played the Miami game but still lost with the phily/buff over. cleaned up with wash,greenbay,denver,tenn, but lost nba 76ers.
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Posted by Ihaveissues
6 years ago

Harrison is officially inactive jimmy
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Posted by jimmysalas
6 years ago

Also i just read that harrison wont be playing can anyone verify that?
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Posted by jimmysalas
6 years ago

i am leaning more towards TENN the indy starters wont see more than a quarter and the last 3 games have been decided by a field goal or less it will go like the Hou and DAL games
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Posted by SlickWill
6 years ago

any advise on the Tenn./ Indy game Leaning towards Tenn
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Posted by goinggone
6 years ago

Colts ML
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Posted by leftyinvegas
6 years ago

Lets play Bears +1 Bears over 40.5 Browns-11.5 Chargers -11.5
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Posted by doobiebrother
6 years ago

3 Bama -3.5 3 Lions/Packers under 38.5 2 Dolphins +120 2 Bears +110 Bowls 7-7 (+3.6)
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Posted by SlickWill
6 years ago

Leading towards Eagles -8 3U Vikings -2.5 3U any comments
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Posted by Kippspats
6 years ago

glanger we'll see what happens in the next few weeks. Anyways These are the picks I am favoring today in the NFL Miami +3 Jets - 6.5 green bay -3.5 tampa +3 Pitt -4
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Posted by SlickWill
6 years ago

Just woke up
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Posted by mattyboy917
6 years ago

I have to agree with TeeTotaler. My 2 big plays are the Bears and Eagles. I normally don't bet my home team Eagles but McNabb is going to go off today. Plenty to prove even thou he said he has nothing to prove.
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Posted by glanger707
6 years ago

Hey Kippspats. Yes the patriots accomplished a great thing going undefeated in the regular season. Lets not forget they play in the easiest divison in the afc. There nfc schedule was rather easy minus the dallas game. Dont crown them yet. You have a very physical jacksonville team that is hot right now and healthy. And they are actually scoring points to go along with that Defense. Oh and dont forget the Colts are getting Harrison back.
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Posted by Kippspats
6 years ago

Hey wolf be careful there are alot of haters in these chat fourms. I can't wait either
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Posted by kiwi4617
6 years ago

mixnuts - thanks for the winners last night! Who do you like today? Sincere69 - good call last week with the skins.
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Posted by wolfman168
6 years ago

i do hope the JAGS play the PATS so the PATS will smash and shut up the haters!
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Posted by TeeTotaler
6 years ago

I have had a very successful week being very selective. I will follow that trend again today. I am locked in on two games: Bears and Eagles. I am taking the Bears today. They are playing better, the defense is getting healthier and I think they want to go out on a high note. The line is high taking Philly, but I am going to lay it. McNabb is auditioning for next year and playing great right now. I look for that to continue against a Buffalo team that faded down the stretch last week. Good luck.
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Posted by wolfman168
6 years ago

tampa is sitting, but they will win to get back on track. and getting 3 is great. also, i believe the over on the ARi RAMS game is a very solid play. Vince and Titans will handle too
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Posted by TRen0331
6 years ago

Isn't Tampa sitting starters? I know Graham is not playing for sure!
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Posted by wolfman168
6 years ago

take tampa bay- titans may win that game today. whats the backups name for indi- sorgi? cmon man- vince is gonna take it to em. But, again, lay off andtake tampa bay is what i think
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Posted by TRen0331
6 years ago

Phred...How'd u do last night?? Not to brag, total luck, and NO I have not posted, but I am 10-0 Super Teasing the NBA since X-Mas.......LUCKY!!!! Today's NFL could be interesting since so many players resting at some point...And us, the bettors having no idea at what point the coach pulls the string??????? GL everyone!!!! I heart the BCS..............NOT!
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Posted by Kippspats
6 years ago

Anybody like the Miami Dolphins today getting 3
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Posted by Kippspats
6 years ago

well lefty if you paid attention to anything you would have seen my post talking about yesterday were I talk about being a pats fan but love money more than the pats I don't know about you but I was all over the giants getting 13 yesterday.
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Posted by JHBuff25
6 years ago

Don't believe for one second that Manning will play more than 2 drives. Indy has no reason to want to win this game. IT WILL BE A LAYDOWN!!!
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Posted by leftyinvegas
6 years ago

Kippspats show some love out there!! I love the Pats and there -14 to -22 spreads. Like finding money in the street. The best fav. to fade the last 6-weeks. I love my Bears but my friend this site is about making money not cheering for you LOCAL LOVE. keep the hate story's for your inner circle if you have one if not e-mail yourself WE donn't need it!!Now go put your money on the LOVELY PATS!!!
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Posted by Nature_Boy
6 years ago

"take the points"