NFL Nation: 2013 Week 11 IND at TEN Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts

November, 14, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field:

What it means: The Colts continue to roll the dice with slow starts. They went into the half trailing 17-6 to bring their first-half deficit over their past three games to 66-9. But instead of waiting until the fourth quarter to get back into the game, the Colts got it going in the third quarter. Indianapolis used an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with running back Donald Brown scoring from 6 yards. The Colts got the ball back seconds later when Devon Wylie fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Dan Herron recovered the ball, and they took the lead for good two plays later when quarterback Andrew Luck, seeing Titans defensive lineman Derrick Morgan jump into the passing lane, tucked the ball and ran in from 11 yards. Luck spiked the ball with force once he got into the end zone. Brown outplayed teammate Trent Richardson, finishing with 14 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Coby Fleener had eight catches for a career-high 107 yards. The Colts are in control of the AFC South now, ahead by three games with six games remaining.

Walden loses his cool: Colts linebacker Erik Walden should expect to hear from the league office after he gave a helmetless Delanie Walker a head-butt following a play in the second quarter. It was surprising that Walden wasn’t ejected because the league has taken a stand on protecting players. Walden tried to redeem himself with a sack in the third quarter, but it doesn't make up for his classless play in the first half. The league will at least fine Walden and could suspend him.

The ageless wonder: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter to give him four field goals of at least 50 yards this season. He’s two shy of the Colts’ single-season record established by Dean Biasucci in 1988 and equaled by Mike Vanderjagt in 1998.

What’s next: The Colts play at the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 24. The Cardinals are coached by Bruce Arians, who coached the Colts last season while Chuck Pagano was out battling leukemia.

Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans

November, 14, 2013

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.


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