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Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Dec 28, 2008.

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- Some thoughts on what the Colts and Titans, getting ready to kick off a game with no playoff implications, think about some games with serious implications.</p> <p><strong>COLTS</strong></p> <p>The Colts will travel next weekend for a wild card game to the winner of Sunday night's Denver at San Diego matchup. The Colts won in San Diego earlier this year, but the Chargers qualify as a more threatening opponent for Indy.</p> <p><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5529" shape="rect" target="_new">Philip Rivers</a> has been hot, and while <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2553" shape="rect" target="_new">LaDainian Tomlinson</a> has not played up to his standards this year, he's more threatening than any Denver back.</p> <p><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1428" shape="rect" target="_new">Peyton Manning</a> against a Broncos defense that has given up an average of 26 points a game has to be a matchup the Colts would like.</p> <p>The only upside to drawing a trip to San Diego over Denver is obvious -- the weather. No chance of below-freezing temperatures or a snowstorm in Southern California.</p> <p><strong>TITANS</strong></p> <p>Tennessee doesn't have such a direct interest. As the No. 1 seed, they will play the lowest remaining seed on Jan. 10th or 11th at LP Field.</p> <p>But clearly it would be better for them if that team wasn't a No. 6 seed Baltimore team.</p> <p>The Titans won a squeaker in Baltimore early in the season. And while they feel they could do some things against a rookie quarterback in the playoffs, their path would be easier with any chance of facing the Ravens and their physical defense removed.</p> <p>It's a team that's hurt them in the past. The last time the Titans were the No. 1 seed and drew the Ravens, in the 2000 playoffs, Baltimore sprung the upset in Nashville and went on to win the Super Bowl.</p> <p>If you buy that thinking, a Jaguars win in Baltimore and a New England win at Buffalo would be favorable.</p>

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