NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Titans (5-2) hit the road to face the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) after back-to-back massive AFC wins. For Tennessee, they’ll look to win their fourth consecutive game and bury their division rival in the process.

Indianapolis has no interest in moving closer towards the light.

A win for the Titans would mean a 98% chance of making the 2021 postseason, per the New York Times’ playoff predictor. Losing to the Colts would drop that number by 10 full percentage points and put Indy merely one game back in the AFC South. Tennessee looks like one of the best teams in football, despite their year-long struggles with injuries.

They are catching a Colts team that is doing a bit of streaking of their own.

Titans cannot afford to sleep on the Colts

Since falling to 0-3 against the Titans in Nashville, Indianapolis has gotten quarterback Carson Wentz and the offensive line in front of him healthy.

A defense that, despite attrition, remains one of the NFL’s best is coming off of a single-game season-high four takeaways. The Colts rallied to score three touchdowns on the ensuing possessions. Dating back to 2020, Indianapolis has forced a turnover in eight consecutive games

That ranks as the third-longest active streak in the NFL.

On this week’s episode of The Install, Greg Cosell of NFL Films takes you through the strengths and weaknesses of the Tennessee against the Colts. Tennessee is currently a 2.5-point underdog at home, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

Titans vs Chiefs on The Install

Cosell’s analysis of how Wentz is returning to the peak of his powers right now explains a lot of Indianapolis’ success.

The Colts quarterback has 11 touchdowns to only one interception this season and is being helped by a steadily improving ground game. Running back Jonathan Taylor led his team in rushing with 18 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown in a Week 7 victory in San Francisco. Indianapolis is 6-0 when Taylor has at least 100 yards rushing. He registered his fourth consecutive game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage and is the first Colts player to accomplish that feat since Joseph Addai in 2007, per Indy PR.

The Titans defense has been stellar in their last two games against the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, but neither puts the kind of emphasis on the rushing attack that the Colts do. Tennessee will need to come prepared for a much more physically taxing opponent then they have seen in quite some time.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass under pressure from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis (94) during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Each week we analyze trends that are taking place with Tennessee’s season, break down that upcoming week’s opponent and look ahead to the biggest games across the sport. You can find the Install with Greg Cosell on Spotify, Google Play and Apple Podcasts as a part of the 104.5 The Zone podcast network.

You can also hear my radio show on the Zone from 10 am – 1 pm CT Monday through Friday. Each week features insights and in-depth conversations of the Titans, the Tennessee Vols, the NFL, the SEC and local Nashville sports with players, coaches and media members.

Enjoy the Week 8 edition of The Install in your favorite podcast app.