NFL Thanksgiving Weekend: Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/28/2020, 9:42 AM EST
Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws against Tennessee Titans defensive end Jack Crawford (94) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts made their way to a morale-boosting 34-31 OT win over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. The Colts are currently at the top of the AFC South Division table.

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However, it must be noted that their divisional opponents, Tennessee Titans, in Week 12 are second with the same (7-3) record. This is a divisional championship clash with both sides fighting for bragging rights.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 12 Game Day predictions.

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The Colts have turned into potential AFC South title contenders under their commander-in-chief, Frank Reich. The arrival of veteran Philip Rivers has only helped solidify the Colts’ offense.

RB Jonathan Taylor and WRs Zach Pascal and T. Y. Hilton will be crucial for the home team heading into Sunday’s clash at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

But the major workload will fall on the shoulders of the Indianapolis defense. Stopping the dangerous Derrick Henry is no small task, especially considering his form in 2020.

Colts’ defensive stars Darius Leonard, Julian Blackmon, and Rock Ya-Sin are in for a busy day at the office this weekend.

Mike Vrabel-led Tennessee Titans hungry for revenge against the Colts

Ryan Tannehill led the Tennessee Titans to a comfortable 24-30 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11. Mike Vrabel’s boys are second in the AFC South division table after that win with a 7-3 record. They will back themselves in their crusade for redemption against the Colts following the 17-34 loss in Week 10.

Apart from Tannehill and King Henry, wide receivers Corey Davis and AJ Brown will also be causing all sorts of problems for the Colts defense on Sunday.

With the right game plan and some good fortune, the Titans should emerge at the summit of the AFC South Division at the end of Week 12.

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Indianapolis – Out

LB Bobby Okereke – Ankle

Questionable

C Ryan Kelly – Neck

G Quenton Nelson – Back/Ankle

WR Zach Pascal – Knee/Foot

QB Philip Rivers – Toe

S Khari Willis – Ribs/Shoulder

Tennessee – Out

CB Adoree’ Jackson – Knee

WR Adam Humphries – Concussion

TE MyCole Pruitt – Knee

Questionable

C Ben Jones – Knee

G Rodger Saffold – Ankle

Colts vs Titans Prediction

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Indianapolis Colts 27 – 30 Tennessee Titans

Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) avoids a tackle from Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt, this clash will have lasting consequences in the AFC South title race. Both these teams are performing at a very high-level in 2020. They are both coming off some big wins against the top teams in the league.

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But we reckon that the Titans will be the eventual winners in this clash. Derrick Henry looks unstoppable when it’s his day. He’s a big-game player and will prove to be the difference at the Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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