FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
THE BATTLE OF THE SOUTH (WEEK 11)
BEAST DOME NATION.
It was just a couple months ago, the Texans were the likely favorite of the AFC South. Now we are in early November and the Titans/Colts are battling it out in a division that seems to be one of the worst in the NFL. While many may think that is unfair to say because the NFC East is really that bad, but the reality is there is only one team that is competitive enough to do anything in the Playoffs in this division.
The Colts Defense is playing top-notch right now against the running game. Derrick Henry struggled against the Bears last week, the same could easily happen this week against the Colts Front Seven. Autry up the middle will disrupt everything, then you got Leonard to clean it all up. The pass rush is going to be fierce as well with Justin Houston making noise off the corner. Luckily for the Titans, the Colts corners do not matchup well at all with AJ Brown or Corey Davis. Ryan Tannehill should be able to do basically what he wants, especially if Henry is effective enough to gain healthy chunks at a time, as opposed to being shutdown around the line of scrimmage. The Titans are going to move the ball against the Colts D, Henry can easily save his day with a goal-line TD.
The Colts on offense are facing a Titans Defense that is going in the wrong direction quickly. The Titans LB core is not making any impact, and the secondary is looking more vulnerable by the week. Philip Rivers is the type of QB who can take advantage of a defense, as long as he has time. That will all depend on Clowney who is always capable of a big game, but the Colts O-Line is the best part of that offense. Jonathan Taylor is losing his grip on the starting job more and more, a fumble last week may have been the last straw as Jordan Wilkins took over the entire 2nd half. As I mentioned in the BUST article on Taylor last week, TAYLOR BUST ARTICLE, Jordan Wilkins is the better RB. I do expect Taylor to get another shot, but a short leash is guaranteed.
In the end we have two offenses that are going to move the ball, we also have two defenses that are capable of playing at a high level. The reality of the situation, Philip Rivers is not playing amazing Football and this could easily be his last season. Ryan Tannehill on the other hand is having a career year after continuing his momentum from last season. Titans at home will roll with the W in a close game. So close of a game one can call it, “THE BATTLE OF THE SOUTH.”