Colts' pass rush causing Titans problems

December, 18, 2011
12/18/11
2:36
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The story of Titans-Colts in the first half has been the Indianapolis pass rush.

Matt Hasselbeck has not been sacked, but he has had little time to throw and has been forced repeatedly to dump the ball off. He floated a completion 22 yards to Lavelle Hawkins up the right sideline just before the half, and that set up a go-ahead field goal.

Tennessee is up 6-3 at the half of an ugly game.

We’ve seen 10 punts, eight first downs and seven penalties.

Two things suggest the Colts could break into the win column.

That steady pass rush that’s making it hard for the Titans to find anything significant in the passing game, and some steady running by the Colts' trio of Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Delone Carter. Carter has a forearm injury.

Tennessee needs to find a couple big plays. If it does, it will be alright. If it can’t, the Titans are in serious jeopardy and the Colts will be celebrating for the first time all season.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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