NFL Week 8 Predictions: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Greg JudyContributor IIIOctober 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18:  Lavelle Hawkins #87 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After a sloppy 17-13 win at home against the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans.

The Colts have been downright awful on the road this season, losing to the Chicago Bears 41-21 and to the New York Jets 35-9. The Colts have actually not won on the road since Peyton Manning was quarterback.

The Colts have an excellent opportunity to come away from Tennessee with a road victory. However, as always, the going will not be easy.

Winning a game at LP Field is never an easy accomplishment, no matter what the Titans' record is. The Titans will also be looking for revenge after the Colts, who were winless at the time, beat Tennessee last season to eliminate the Titans from a wild-card berth.

This week, as in previous weeks, the Colts' main objective is to stop the run. The Colts' defense cannot afford to allow Chris Johnson to run all over them like Shonn Greene did two weeks ago in New York. Johnson, a former AFC leading rusher, is twice the running back Greene is. The Titans will look to use Johnson as much as possible in order to beat the Colts.

The Titans are hot, having won three out of their last four games. With their eyes fixed on a wild-card spot, the Titans will be difficult to stop. Although the Colts will put plenty of pressure on veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, he will make some crucial plays in the fourth quarter. Stopping Chris Johnson will also be difficult. I am not confident that the Colts can hold him under 100 yards.


Prediction: Titans 26 — Colts 20