Tennessee Titans: Reasons for concern and optimism in Week 13 vs. Colts
Concern: Colts’ run defense
While the Colts’ pass defense sits as an average unit and ranks 16th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, the run defense has proven to be one of the better ones in the league this season.
Going into Week 13, Indy’s run defense ranks as the No. 7 unit in the NFL this season, allowing an impressive 97.0 yards per contest. In fact, the Colts haven’t permitted a single running back to break the century mark in 11 games.
Another eye-opening stat for the Colts defense as a whole is that they are No. 1 in goal-to-go scoring percentage allowed this season, which will run head first into a Titans offense that has been one of the hottest in the NFL in the red zone of late.
In Week 2, Derrick Henry had a solid showing against this top-10 run defense, posting 82 yards on 15 carries (5.5 yards per run). Unfortunately for Henry and the Titans, the rest of the offense couldn’t get going.
Of course, as we’ve seen the last two weeks, Henry’s success is vital to the overall success of the offense, and there’s a chance he might have a tough time getting things going this week. The good news is that the Titans’ offensive line’s run blocking has vastly improved since Week 2.