The Tennessee Titans can’t seem to avoid the letdown game. After a big overtime win over the Eagles in Week 4, they lost to the Bills a week later. Then in Week 10, they blow out the New England Patriots 34-10, but fall 38-10 to the Colts this week. This loss sends the Titans down to .500 and to third in their division. Nothing went well for Tennessee on Sunday and the loss seriously hurts their chances to make the playoffs. On the other side, the Colts won their fourth straight game and is now tied for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. The teams meet again in Nashville in Week 17 in a game that could play a large role in the AFC playoff race.
Offensive Struggles Return
After the offense put up eight touchdowns in the last two games, the group couldn’t find the end zone until the game was already out of reach. Marcus Mariota was injured late in the first half and threw a bad interception early. However, his interception was nothing compared to backup Blaine Gabbert hitting Colts linebacker Darius Leonard between the numbers in the third quarter.
Nothing went well on the offensive side of the ball except for Tajae Sharpe’s fantastic touchdown grab late in the fourth. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis who had been better in recent games combined for just 70 yards. However, the biggest issue was the offensive line. The Titans’ quarterbacks were sacked five times and there was nowhere to go for the running backs. It may be time to make a switch along the line because it seems to be much improved when Dennis Kelly is in the lineup.
Defense Can’t Contain Luck
Andrew Luck was 9-0 against the Titans heading into this game. However, all of these games were against secondaries that didn’t include any of the Titans’ current starters. It didn’t matter on Sunday. Adoree Jackson who had looked so good this season was dominated by T.Y. Hilton all game long. Hilton had two touchdowns against Jackson including a 68-yard bomb.
Just like on the offensive side, the main problem was up front. The Titans were all over Tom Brady last week with 7 quarterback hits. However, Andrew Luck was untouched. The Colts quarterback had all day to throw Sunday and took advantage of it, throwing for three touchdowns for his seventh straight game. The defense was supposed to be the consistent part of this Tennessee team, but they were exposed in this game.
The Titans now have a must-win game in Houston next Monday night. Tennessee sits two games back of the Texans but would hold the tiebreaker in the division with a win next week. Their schedule gets easier after the game in Houston, as their next three opponents have three wins each. However, to stay in the divisional race, the Titans need to knock off the AFC South leaders next week.