Sunday, October 11, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Colts 31, Titans 9
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To the Colts’ delight and the Titans’ chagrin, this one came out that way most people expected it would.
Indianapolis is 5-0 following a 31-9 victory and stands with the best teams in the league. Tennessee is 0-5 and grouped with the worst.
Despite some early misplays, the Colts continued to roll. The Titans couldn’t turn two first turnovers into more than six points. The Titans needed big things off those chances and didn't get them.
Midway through the fourth quarter, with things well in hand, Jeff Fisher finally turned to Vince Young in relief of Kerry Collins. Young got an ovation before throwing three incompletions.
The team with the league’s best current quarterback can hardly remember a time when it had any such concerns. Peyton Manning topped 300 yards, becoming the third quarterback in league history to start the season with five consecutive 300-yard games.
Following the Colts’ bye they’ll head for St. Louis, where Manning will be in position to match Kurt Warner and Steve Young’s record of six 300-yard games to start a season.
These two teams will see each other the second time this season at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 6, when the Colts will likely be looking forward to prime playoff seeding and the Titans will be looking to merely influence it.