Titans’ underdog run really stings for Indianapolis Colts fans
By Adam Weinrib
Things haven’t been quite so exquisite for Indianapolis Colts fans these past several weeks.
You see, with a golden opportunity for AFC South advancement and a number of schedule quirks breaking against the Tennessee Titans, things just continued to pile up in the positives column for Tennessee each and every week.
Then, they lost the NFL MVP, and what happened next…won’t surprise you if you’ve spent any time following this utterly cursed Colts season — a season that’s taken so many dark turns you would’ve sworn Carson Wentz had appeared on the Manningcast.
The only thing that could’ve added more insult to injury would’ve been a recently-cut Jordan Wilkins appearing on the roster in Adrian Peterson’s place and wreaking havoc on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
As it stands, though, the Titans mauling Matthew Stafford to continue their defensive onslaught while becoming not just the division favorites but also candidates for the No. 1 seed has to be the biggest nightmare possible for Colts fans.
And they’ve done it all without Julio Jones.
Indianapolis Colts fans have to be furious at the Tennessee Titans’ Super Bowl odds.
Are you ready for this? Once, the Titans stood small, with an 0-1 record and being run over by the Seattle Seahawks…until that game reversed course and Seattle proved to us all that they were, in fact, the more messed-up “good team”. No matter! Just two weeks later, the New York Jets were taking down Tennessee, turning them into a 2-2 team that could absolutely be had.
Now? Their defense is spitting on elite opposing offenses and double-digit deficits, and according to our friends at WynnBET, they’re all the way up to +1200 to win the Super Bowl (the Indianapolis Colts sit at +6000). To win the AFC, it’s an even more attainable +650.
And, by that time, they could theoretically get both Derrick Henry and Julio back. What a wonderful world.
Of course, without a literally historic defensive about-face, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. The 2021 Titans would be just another bloated and bizarre fake-tough Mike Vrabel-led team with a kicker deficiency and no secondary.
Instead, Jeffery Simmons has the front seven breathing fire, and both Carson Wentz and Matthew Stafford, in back to back weeks, have tossed the type of goal-line picks you’d be embarrassed to see in Bill Simmons’ son’s flag football league.
Stafford’s season, by the way, has now officially lost its MVP luster, too. Apparently, if the Titans can’t have the trophy, they’re just going to eliminate all the rest of the contenders themselves, too. And Stafford was supposed to be ours! Easy to forget, at this stage.
After Week 9, Indianapolis Colts fans aren’t just living in a world where their spectacular collapse at Lucas Oil lost them the division. They’re residing in a society where the Titans suddenly have “THE LOOK,” thanks in large part to their own incompetence. Even the loss of Henry did nothing to derail the momentum we witnessed first-hand.
And our first-rounder is gone. This isn’t at all what we signed up for.