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First Look: Titans vs. Colts

Posted by Craig Peters on November 12, 2013 – 10:45 am

The Titans (4-5) host the Colts (6-3) on Nov. 14 at LP Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

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Tennessee lost to the Jaguars 29-27 on Nov. 10, committing four turnovers. QB Jake Locker suffered a season-ending foot injury and will be replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Indianapolis is coming off a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. The Colts are 7-0 in weeks following a loss in the past two seasons, including a 27-7 win at San Francisco and a 39-33 win over Denver this year.

Team stat comparisons

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the Titans for the third time this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the Titans for the third time this season.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (322.9)
Rushing Yards/Game: 13th (111.2)
Passing Yards/Game: 23rd (211.7)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-4 (tied for 9th in NFL)

Indianapolis’ Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (367.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 26th (126.6)
Passing Yards/Game: 18th (241.2)
Points Allowed/Game: 9th (21.4)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game 9th (326.2)
Rushing Yards/Game 21st (114.9)
Passing Yards/Game 8th (211.3)
Points Allowed/Game: 10th (21.8)

Indianapolis’ Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 13th (348.1)
Rushing Yards/Game 15th (110.2)
Passing Yards/Game 15th (237.9)
Turnover Ratio Plus-3 (11th)

Series history

The Titans trail 23-14 in 37 meetings (including the 1999 AFC Divisional that Tennessee won). Indianapolis has a three-game win streak in the rivalry that’s included two meetings every year since 2002 when the NFL went to its current division alignment.

The previous meeting

Tennessee built a 13-point lead at halftime, opening with an 80-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Jared Cook, a pair of field goals by Rob Bironas and a 40 interception return for a touchdown by Will Witherspoon, but lost 27-23.

Indianapolis engineered an 80-yard drive of its own to open the second half that included three third-down conversions (two passes and a 1-yard TD run by Delone Carter), and seized the lead on a 3-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cassius Vaughn.

The Titans moved to the Colts’ 2-yard line but had to settle for another field goal by Bironas to give Tennessee a 23-21 lead four minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indianapolis added a pair of field goals by Adam Vinatieri.


This is Tennessee’s first and only scheduled prime-time appearance of 2013, and the fourth time Indianapolis will start a game under the lights this season. The Colts are 2-1 in those games, with a loss at San Diego and wins against Denver and Houston, and are 6-0 in franchise history on NFL Network.

After winning at St. Louis to move to 4-4, Tennessee’s players talked about the importance of defeating Jacksonville last week to make the matchup with the Indianapolis even more important. The Titans received help from the Rams against the Colts last week, but lost to the Jaguars. That outcome, ironically, has made this matchup even more critical. Instead of an opportunity to seize first place in the AFC South, Tennessee needs to win to move within one game of Indianapolis. A loss would put the Titans three back of the Colts with six games to go.

Tennessee has held five of nine opponents to 21 points or less this season. Alterraun Verner is tied for the NFL lead with five interceptions, and Jurrell Casey has a team-best seven sacks.

Fitzpatrick relieved Locker against Jacksonville and had his strongest passing performance of 2013, completing 22 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a short TD, but lost a fumble that was returned 21 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Kendall Wright leads Titans receivers with 50 catches for 580 yards has one TD.

The Colts are led by second-year QB Andrew Luck, who is 183-for-311 passing for 2,198 yards and 14 TDs against six interceptions (87.5 passer rating) this season. Indianapolis is adjusting to playing without long-time great Reggie Wayne, who suffered a season-ending injury on Oct. 20. T.Y. Hilton leads Colts receivers with 41 catches for 663 yards and five TDs.

Although it executed a trade for Trent Richardson from Cleveland, Indianapolis has struggled to run the football with former first-round pick. He has 88 attempts for 250 yards (2.8 per carry) with two scores. Luck poses a running threat, as well, accounting for 200 yards and three scores on 32 attempts.

Robert Mathis has a career-high and team-best 13.5 sacks this season.

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6 Responses to “First Look: Titans vs. Colts”

  1. By royalan83 on Nov 12, 2013 | Reply

    Titans offense again plays too scared, Colts win, Munchak losses job, Titans draft QB with high pick… or stop wasting time with community activities, win some games and people will buy tickets. It’s simple.

  2. By addicted2football on Nov 12, 2013 | Reply

    What scares me now is that the Titans will play themselves out of a high draft pick. Last year our 6-10 record was good for the 8th overall pick, but with key wins against the Chargers and Rams, who basically have the same record as us, another 6-10 record will probably put us at about 13th or 14th. I’m glad we moved up last year to get Justin Hunter, but with all the work we did in free agency we won’t get any compensatory picks in 2014, and I’m afraid not having a 3rd rounder may come back to haunt us. It would be nice if we could get another high 2nd rounder for CJ, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to part company with him and the Rams proved with Zac Stacy that you can get a bell cow RB in the late rounds.

  3. By Titanman45 on Nov 12, 2013 | Reply

    Im still shaking my head on this one…..With all this talent on this team we shouldnt even be having this conversation… Losing to Jacksonville might cost Munchak his job. Well Im still rooting for my Titans if we win on Thursday we have a chance.
    The Colts look dead on Sunday..I hope they continue to have bad games.. If so MAYBE we will have a shot. The NFL is crazy on any given Sunday so keep your heads up Titans fans, you never know Fitzpatrick might do the unthinkable…We really need our Rookie center back in order for us to run the ball.. If not it will be a long night on Thursday.. Lets GO MUNCHAK…DONT LET US DOWN ON NATIONAL TV…WE BETTER THAN THIS. GO TITANS.

  4. By Bigfreeze on Nov 13, 2013 | Reply

    The titans are to predictable with their offense and Fitzpatrick is taking us no where. We will be lucky if we make it to 5 – 11 this season. I don’t see anything that Munchak is doing this year that is any better than last year. CJnoway is average at best for what the Titans are paying him, he usually puts them in long yardage situations on third downs, because he got stuffed at the line of srimmage on first and second downs for not going north to south when the ball is handed to him, and that is if he doesn’t fumble it. Kenny Britt can also take hike, he’s nothing but a crybaby, Kenny do me a favor, sit down and quit crying! Name one superstar on the team, the point is, we have some talent, but no one has emerged a superstar and the Titans will never return to the Super Bowl without Superstars.

  5. By curson4life on Nov 14, 2013 | Reply

    Why would anyone in their right mind think Fitzpatrick will be any better than he has shown to be in the past? The signing of Fitzpatrick further demonstrates this administration has no clue about player personnel. And we are what our record says we are, MEDIOCRE!

  6. By Bigfreeze on Nov 15, 2013 | Reply

    ThAnks again for close, but no cigar! Maybe with having a changing of the guard next season, we will have something to get excited about! The titans are so predictable and it shows!

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