Week 12 vs. Indianapolis Colts: Four Tennessee Titans to Watch
By Matt Gibbons
Four Tennessee Titans to keep an eye on vs. the Indianapolis Colts.
There is no need to go into any detail about last Thursday’s Tennessee Titans game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is time to move on and start a new winning streak against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Titans already crossed one hurdle this season, beating the Colts back in October for the first time since 2011. And the last time they swept the Colts in a season? That would be back in 2002, and they have a great opportunity to finish the job.
This is certainly not a must-win game, but a loss would be pretty disappointing. The Titans are in great shape for a Wild Card spot and still control their own destiny to win the AFC South.
He is coming off one of the worst games of his career with four interceptions, but I expect a huge rebound from Marcus Mariota.
In fact, I expect Mariota to light up the scoreboard over the next six games and it will all start Sunday against the Colts. He is going to show exactly how he can lead this team. There were definitely communication problems in Pittsburgh last week, but people seem to forget he went into one of the loudest stadiums in Kansas City in December last season and won.
Is there a chance that Quinton Spain should have waited another week before returning from turf toe last Thursday?
The Steelers have an excellent defensive front, but Spain gave up three sacks. In case you were wondering, that is not very good.
With a mini bye week, Spain should be healthier against the Colts and will face a defense that isn’t close to the caliber of the Steelers’.
Delanie Walker voiced his frustrations with the offense this week and it is true: The offense just hasn’t clicked fully this season. Walker is having another productive season from a yards perspective, but has just one touchdown, which was a rushing score.
Without a doubt, however, some of the offensive woes have been from players dropping sure touchdowns. Walker dropped an absolute perfect pass from Mariota on Thursday and the game seemed to go off the rails after that.
I expect him to have a solid game on Sunday and get his first receiving touchdown.
Derrick Morgan has been the Titans’ most consistent pass rusher this season and has six sacks on the season. He also has three in the past four games and is just four sacks away from breaking into the double digits for the first time in his career.
Morgan needs to keep his hot streak alive against the shaky Colts’ offensive line and get to Jacoby Brissett.