Tennessee Titans are looking down at Indianapolis in AFC South race

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The Tennessee Titans beat the Seattle Seahawks for their first win of the 2021 season, coinciding with the Indianapolis Colts’ second loss. This gives the Titans the lead over their AFC South rivals, who are 0-2 to start the season.

We don’t mean to be schadenfreudes, but watching the Colts lose in Week 2 made us happy. And, obviously, watching the Titans win in Week 2 made us even happier.

Or should we say, Derrick Henry’s Titans? The running back hoisted Tennessee on his broad, muscular shoulders and ran his team to victory, rushing for 182 yards on 35 carries and reaching the end zone three times. Henry also finished second on the team in receiving with 55 yards on six targets.

Henry’s Fantasy managers are currently kissing the imaginary toes of the great rushing king, and after a performance like that, we are, too.

Where Henry goes, the Titans go, and this game could have easily gone either way. Tennessee nearly lost in OT after giving up possession of the ball, but the Titans stormed back and Randy Bullock made the game-winning 36-yard field goal.

Julio Jones showed a glimpse of prime form with 128 receiving yards, though no score. A.J. Brown stumbled this game, catching only 30 percent of his targets for 43 yards.

Tennessee Titans get first win of 2021 season while Colts lose again

But due to sheer willpower, as well as Henry’s every-down production, Tennessee can breathe a short sigh of relief.

After Week 1’s humiliating loss to the Cardinals, Tennessee made a huge statement by beating the Seahawks in Seattle. Against the roar of the crowd, Henry ran like crazy, Tannehill threw like average, and the Titans eked out a victory to send those Seattle fans crying all the way home.

Speaking of losers, did we already mention the Colts lost today? Carson Wentz couldn’t muster a comeback against the Los Angeles Rams, and now Indy sits tied for last with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

We could marvel at Derrick Henry’s rushing prowess some more or we can poke fun at the Colts’ struggles on Sunday. Like how Jonathan Taylor tragically failed to reach the end zone, or how Khari Willis and the secondary got schooled by Cooper Kupp, or how Wentz threw two picks, joining Jameis Winston at the table of perennially inconsistent throwers who continue to let their team down.

We know how much of an emotional rollercoaster the NFL season can be, so right now we’re just riding the high of a deserved win (and yet another Indy loss).

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And we’ll ride it all the way to Week 3, when the Tennessee Titans face — guess who? — the Colts in a lip-smacking matchup. We can’t wait to see who’s left tackle situation is worse.