AFC South: rapid reaction 13
Displaying the characteristics that turned their season and have them in control of their playoff fate, the Colts were resilient and opportunistic as they found a way to win Sunday, yet again.
On a windy day in Cleveland, Indianapolis couldn't get anything going on offense, losing an early Joseph Addai fumble, two Peyton Manning interceptions and a Manning fumble on a fourth-down at the goal line.
Already without safety Bob Sanders (knee), the Colts lost middle linebacker Gary Brackett (ankle) and defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson (hamstring) during the game. Another linebacker, Freddy Keiaho, left the game late with a leg injury.
But as has become their habit, the Colts patched the holes, moved right along and did enough to get the result they needed.
Tony Dungy sounded optimistic leading up to the game about Sanders' potential to return next week against Cincinnati at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Assessments of the new injuries still to come.
DETROIT -- What did the Titans' shellacking of the Lions at Ford Field today mean?
Not that much.
Just like it would have been a mistake to read too much into last Sunday's loss to the Jets, the Titans' first defeat of the season, it would be a mistake to put too much into this lopsided victory.
The winless Lions are horrifically bad, and the Titans did what a good team should do when given such an opportunity: They efficiently stormed to a comfortable win, establishing their ability to run, winning on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and never giving their hosts a chance to feel like this would be a competitive game.
So thorough was the beating, the Titans turned to second-string quarterback Vince Young for the final nine minutes of the game and he worked with reserves Daniel Loper as his left tackle, Leroy Harris as his center and Lavelle Hawkins as one of his receivers. The Titans emptied the bench on defense late as well.
Tennessee now has an extended rest until its Dec. 7 home game against Cleveland. The Titans are looking at it like a mini-bye. They certainly can feel good about themselves while they get some rest and enjoy a weekend.
They head home having completed a successful four-pack of games against the NFC North. They won at Chicago and Detroit and took care of Minnesota and Green Bay at home.
Go ahead and eat. I'll be back with a lot more later.