To open up Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts will be taking on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. The Colts (5-3) are coming into this AFC South battle, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 24-10 at home.
Colts veteran quarterback Philip Rivers did not play well on Sunday, despite his defense creating turnovers on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Rivers completed a pedestrian 55.1 percent of his passes for 227 yards and an interception. This will be the Colts’ second division game, as they lost in Week 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Titans (6-2) are currently leading the AFC South and will be looking to take control on Thursday night. Tennessee got a solid road win on Sunday, defeating the Chicago Bears 24-17. The Bears did a good job of holding RB Derrick Henry to only 68 yards on 21 carries. However, it was quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Titans’ passing game that made the difference. Second-year wide receiver A.J. Brown had four receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, while veteran tight end Jonnu Smith scored the game-sealing TD late in the fourth quarter.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 12
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Colts: #6 Overall — #22 defense, #3 defense, #6 special teams
Titans: #12 Overall — #3 offense, #18 defense, #30 special teams
Colts: +2, +120
Titans: -2, -136
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jonathan Taylor, RB, $6,600
The rookie running back out of Wisconsin has had his fair share of struggles this season. In Week 9 against the Ravens, Taylor only had six carries for 27 yards and a costly fumble, in which Baltimore returned for a scoop and score touchdown. However, he gets a chance to turn his fortunes around on Thursday against a Titans’ defense that is allowing 128.1 rushing yards per game. Taylor would be a nice RB2 play to start off the week.
Michael Pittman, WR, $4,300
Staying with the rookies, Michael Pittman Jr. had a solid outing against the Ravens in Week 9. The former USC standout had four receptions (seven targets) for 56 yards. It was his best performance since going on IR for leg surgery earlier this season. The Titans’ defense hasn’t been great defending the pass this season. But Colts QB Philip Rivers has to make the right reads and not turnover the football. Pittman is a WR3/WR4 option this week.
A.J. Brown, WR, $7,600
While all the attention will be on superstar running back Derrick Henry, Brown will be looking to score a touchdown in his sixth-straight game. Only Texans WR Will Fuller has a longer streak with a touchdown reception in six consecutive games. Brown will be facing a Colts’ defense that is only allowing 213.6 passing yards per game this season.
Derrick Henry, RB, $7,700
The last time Derrick Henry played against the Colts, he had 149 rushing yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. He will be looking to replicate this performance on Thursday night. This season, Henry has had four games with at least 100 rushing yards. However, he’ll be facing a Colts’ defense that is stingy with not giving up a ton of yards on the ground.