NFL Predictions Week 17: Indianapolis Colts Over Tennessee Titans a Good Bet

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts won 30-28.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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With a win Sunday, the can clinch a playoff berth for an -record ninth straight season.

They have been in playoff mode for three weeks now, and they’ll host the at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday at 4:15 EST.

The Colts (9-6) lead the in the AFC South by exactly one game. If Indy was to lose and Jacksonville was to win Sunday, then the Colts would fall short of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Indy can also earn the No. 3 seed if they were to win and were to lose to .  for this game show us a line of Colts minus-9.5 over the with a total set of 48 points.

The own the longest consecutive playoff appearances from 1975 to 1983 with nine. That’s the team the Colts will try to match Sunday.

Indy has thrived in pressure games over the last three weeks, winning three straight games. It started with a 30-28 victory over this same Titans team, followed by a 34-24 victory over Jacksonville.

Indy took care of Oakland 31-26 on the road last week thanks to 191 rushing yards, which was the most they’ve run for since 2007.

Dominic Rhodes continues getting it done for the Colts. He was signed earlier this month and rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries against the Raiders. Joseph Addai also returned to action last week, playing in his first game since October 17 after sitting out due to a neck injury.

Addai added 45 yards on the ground and a score. The Colts also rushed for 155 yards the week before against Jacksonville, and their new-found running game has been the biggest difference in this team.

From Nov. 7 to Dec. 9, they averaged a mere 60 yards per game on the ground over six contests.

Peyton Manning overcame a season-low 179 passing yards and two interceptions last week by throwing three touchdowns passes. He hopes to return to the form he showed against Tennessee on Dec. 9, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns in their 30-28 triumph.

Titans QB Kerry Collins also had one of his better games in that contest, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Collins became only the 12th player in NFL history to throw for at least 40,000 yards for his career with a 235-yard, two touchdown performance against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.

Tennessee would go on to lose the game, 34-14, though.

Things looked promising for Tennessee (6-9) after their 5-2 start, but a six-game losing streak followed as they were never able to put the wheels back on.

The Titans have no missed the playoffs for the fifth time in seven years and head coach Jeff Fisher is firmly on the hot seat. Even with that said, Fisher plans to get a few younger guys on the field that don’t normally seem much playing time. Owner Bud Adams says he will evaluate Fisher at season’s end.

Indy is 6-1 in their last seven home meetings with the Titans, including two straight victories.

Projected Score: Colts 29, Titans 19

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