AFC South: 2011 Week 8 Rapid Reaction
October, 30, 2011
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thoughts on the Titans’ 27-10 win over the Colts at LP Field.
What it means: The Titans are back over .500 at 4-3 after their first AFC South win in three division games. They got contributions from a lot of different places to beat a team everyone has beaten, but hardly got an answer for all the things that ail them right now. The Colts are now halfway through their season without a win and never posed a threat to pull an upset in this one.
What I liked, Titans: Tennessee got a giant play on special teams with Patrick Bailey blocking a punt and Jason McCourty grabbing it out of the air for an easy touchdown. The Titans turned tipped balls into takeaways, with Michael Griffin and Barrett Ruud snatching interceptions.
What I liked, Colts: The combination of Delone Carter (nine carries for 46 yards) and Donald Brown (10 for 33 and a score) ran the ball reasonably well. After a point the Titans were happy to see handoffs that ran time off the clock and kept the game moving, but still, being outrun in a game that took this shape was a bad development for the Titans and a good one for the Colts. Curtis Painter shredded the Titans’ defense late.
What I didn’t like, Titans: I don’t care how poor the blocking may have been, Chris Johnson didn’t show me sufficient effort after contact as he took 14 carries for 34 yards. On many plays he looked to give up as soon as the option for anything big was gone. He needs to worm, wiggle and work the way Javon Ringer (14 for 60) did. That’s the job. It’s not all sprints and bongo drums.
What I didn’t like, Colts: Penalties and special-teams play were both just killers. Indianapolis had 10 accepted penalties for 66 yards, consistently allowed Joe Lefeged to bring kickoffs out of the end zone and gave up a giant play with the blocked punt in the end zone that became an easy seven points for Tennessee.
What’s next: The Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals in the third game of their three-game homestand. Indianapolis plays Atlanta at Lucas Oil Stadium.