The Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts meet in a critical AFC South showdown on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee is coming off one of its best performances of the season—a 42-20 home win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indianapolis is coming into Sunday’s game off a 20-17 loss against the Houston Texans on Thursday. Tennessee is 1-10 in its last 11 road games in Indianapolis. The Colts picked up a 19-17 win in Tennessee when the two teams met earlier this season.
Titans looking to keep pace with TexansTennessee is looking to win its third game in a row on Sunday. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has won four of his five starts since replacing Marcus Mariota at the helm. The Titans (6-5) are one game behind Houston in the AFC South and are in desperate need of a divisional win against the Colts. They picked up a win against a Patrick Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs team at home two games ago. Following a bye week, the Titans came out and played their most complete game of the season in a 42-20 win against Jacksonville last week. Tennessee picked up 252 yards through the air and 117 yards on the ground.
The Titans are now led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has thrown for 1,420 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has done an adequate job taking care of the ball, throwing four interceptions. Tannehill showed off his wheels last week, scoring the opening touchdown on a scramble against Jacksonville. Running back Derrick Henry is at the forefront of the offense, carrying the ball 206 times for 991 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mariota is second on the team in rushing and Tannehill is third. Wide receiver A.J. Brown, a rookie out of Mississippi, leads the Titans with 31 catches for 581 yards and four touchdowns. Corey Davis has added 30 receptions for 403 yards and two scores. Adam Humphries has 36 catches for 361 yards and one touchdown in his slot receiver role.
Colts hoping for turnaroundThe Colts have played better this season than many expected after Andrew Luck announced his retirement, but they have lost three of their last four games. Starting running back Marlon Mack and tight end Eric Ebron are both out with an injury this week. Indianapolis got off to a 5-2 start this season, picking up wins against Tennessee, Atlanta, Kansas City, Houston and Denver. The Colts have struggled since then, losing games to Pittsburgh, Miami and Houston. Their lone win in that stretch came two weeks ago against Jacksonville. Indianapolis is coming off a bye week heading into this week’s divisional meeting.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has thrown for 1,926 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, including four interceptions. Mack has led the backfield with 862 yards on 192 carries, so his absence could mean a dramatic drop-off in the running game. Backup running back Jonathan Williams has 41 attempts for 221 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Wilkins has 27 carries for 165 yards and Brissett has added 43 attempts for 142 yards and three scores. Star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has dealt with injury problems this season. He returned in the Colts’ loss to the Texans in their last game, but he has been a limited practice participant this week. Hilton only played 25 of Indianapolis’ 67 offensive snaps against Houston. Ebron is also going to be out this week, and he is the second-leading receiver on the team from his tight end position. Second-year wideout Zach Pascal has 23 catches for 364 yards and he could be the leading receiver by the end of Sunday’s game. The Colts have the No. 3 rushing attack in the NFL, but that is almost entirely due to Mack’s production.