Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reaction from the Tennessee Titans' 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field:
What it means: The Titans fell to 4-6 and have now lost to all three teams in the AFC South. The Colts boosted their record to 7-3 and 3-0 in the AFC South, where they have a three-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee. The teams play in Indianapolis on Dec. 1.
Stock watch: Devon Wylie is the third return man the Titans have used this season. They cut Darius Reynaud after seven mistake-filled games and saw Damian Williams get hurt in his second game in the role. Wylie cost them big-time in his first game as the return man, running a kick return into teammate Craig Stevens and losing a fumble early in the third quarter that set the Colts up for a go-ahead touchdown. Goat with a capital G.
Revamped offense: The Titans surprised the Colts early with a hurry-up, spread-out offense and they moved the ball well early while building 14-0 and 17-3 leads. But gradually things slowed down and the Colts gained a sense of what the Titans were doing and did a better job of slowing it. It wasn't good enough this night, and what happens from here may not matter in terms of earning a playoff bid. If the Titans go with this style of offense the rest of the way with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, it'd probably be smart.
What I don't understand: The determination to spin the onside kick without a tee. It had no chance last week against the Jaguars. It had no chance at the end of this game either.
What's next: The Titans have a nice break before a Nov. 24 game at Oakland.