Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
November, 14, 2013
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
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.
Final Philadelphia 35 New England 42 Final Tennessee 24 New Orleans 31 Final San Diego 14 Seattle 41 Final Detroit 26 Oakland 27
Final Green Bay 21 St. Louis 7 Final New York 27 Indianapolis 26 Final New York 25 Cincinnati 17 Final Baltimore 37 Dallas 30 Final Buffalo 16 Pittsburgh 19 Final Miami 20 Tampa Bay 14 Final Atlanta 7 Houston 32 Final Arizona 28 Minnesota 30
Final Denver 34 San Francisco 0 Final Kansas City 16 Carolina 28