Colts-Titans features two struggling teams

Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) runs with the ball ahead of Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney...

Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) runs with the ball ahead of Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney (93), defensive lineman Antonio Johnson (99) and several Titans players during NFL action in Indianapolis last December. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

The NFL has produced some truly pathetic games on Thursday nights this year. Some of the ugliest football imaginable has been played on Thursday nights in the first 10 weeks of the schedule.

There are lots of reasons for that, mostly related to the disruption of a team's schedule of preparation on a short work week, especially if it has to travel.

With two teams coming off traumatic, unexpected losses last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts at the Tennessee Titans might be expected to continue that nauseating tradition this week. Yet, strangely, there is something intriguing about this one, for the same reasons it's hard not to gawk at a three-car pileup out on the freeway.

The Titans are in a bit of a fix, with starting quarterback Jake Locker gone for the season so they'll have to rally around Ryan Fitzpatrick to get the horrible taste of that 29-27 loss to the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars out of their mouths.


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