Halftime thoughts from Colts-Titans

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Halftime thoughts from LP Field:

  • Two personal foul penalties, one against Kyle Vanden Bosch for contact with the quarterback’s knees and the other against Jacob Ford, are likely to set off the next round of debate about protecting precious quarterbacks. Last week Tom Brady was the beneficiary of an especially soft call against the Ravens. Was this more of the same of reasonable enforcement on Peyton Manning's behalf? I expect you’ll debate it thoroughly here, and I may explore it after the game. They helped in a big way as the Colts drove to make it 21-9 with a touchdown just before the half.

  • The Colts have gotten solid play, again, out of their rookie corners, Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey. Lacey made a great play to break up a too-late throw from Kerry Collins for Justin Gage in the end zone. Those two are far between than the Titans’ two rookie DBs in action Sunday night, Ryan Mouton and Jason McCourty. The Titans seem wary of going into nickel where they are both on the field, choosing to keep three linebackers in instead of bringing on Mouton.

  • I understand why you play Cover-2 against Manning. But standing safeties Michael Griffin and Chris Hope this deep at the snaps just invites a slow death instead of risking a quicker one.

  • The Titans second swing at Code Blue is weaker than the first, and not likely to sweep up the city what it’s in support of an 0-4 team. But last year for the occasion the fake building fronts in both end zones were pained light blue. This year they aren’t. If you’re going to go, go all the way.

  • I hit on it earlier, but Tennessee has to get more than six points out of two takeaways in the first half if they want to make the Colts sweat.