NFL Nation: 2013 Week 13 TEN at IND Rapid Reaction
December, 1, 2013
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 22-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
What it means: It was far from a thing of beauty -- it was even ugly at times -- but the Colts control their own fate in the AFC South. The victory gives them a three-game lead over the Titans with four games left in the season. The ageless wonder Adam Vinatieri kicked five field goals and the Colts found their ground game on their final offensive series to seal the game. Running back Donald Brown had six carries for 46 yards on the drive that gave them an eight-point lead. He capped it off with a touchdown run. Brown, who replaced Trent Richardson in the starting lineup, had eight carries for 8 yards prior to the final drive.
No protection: The Colts shook up their offensive line some by moving right guard Mike McGlynn to the bench and replacing him with Jeff Linkenbach. That didn’t stop the Titans from being able to get after Andrew Luck. The Titans sacked Luck five times, including four times in the second quarter alone.
Getting defensive: The Colts also changed things up some in the secondary. Cassius Vaughn had been starting for the injured Greg Toler at cornerback, but he was replaced by Darius Butler. The demotion woke Vaughn up, as he intercepted Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice. Linebacker Robert Mathis added to his league lead in sacks -- 15.5 -- when he got a strip-sack of Fitzpatrick in the second half. Linebacker Jerrell Freeman iced the game when he picked off Fitzpatrick's pass in Colts territory with 24 seconds left.
Still no offense in the first half: The good news for the Colts is that they went into the half with a 12-7 lead. The bad news is that they still can’t score any touchdowns in the first half. The Colts have had 31 possessions and 153 plays in the first half of their past five games. They haven’t scored a touchdown in any of those halves.
What’s next: The Colts can clinch the AFC South if they can go on the road and beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 8.
December, 1, 2013
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts a Lucas Oil Stadium:
What it means: The Titans blew a chance to get back to leading the pack for the sixth seed in the AFC and couldn’t close to within a game of the Colts in the AFC South. They are now 5-7. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Kicker Adam Vinatieri made up for the Colts' inability to find the end zone until the end, when they drove 92 yards in 11 plays over 6:12, capped by a 4-yard Donald Brown touchdown that provided the final margin.
Stock watch: Tight end Taylor Thompson was called on for a major role with Craig Stevens inactive because of a concussion and Delanie Walker lost in the first half to a concussion of his own. Thompson looked thoroughly overmatched, booting a couple of catchable balls and hardly providing a reliable option for Fitzpatrick.
Four in a row: The Titans have played reasonably well in four games against the Colts since Chuck Pagano took over as coach and Andrew Luck took over as quarterback. But Tennessee is 0-4 in those games as the Colts have found a way every time in the second half.
Giant goat: Well away from the tackle at the very end of the first half, linebacker Moise Fokou shoved fullback Stanley Havili in the back and drew a personal foul penalty. The 15 yards put the Colts in range for a 37-yard Vinatieri field goal.
What’s next: The Titans travel to Denver for a matchup with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41