Sunday preview: Titans at Colts

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:31pm

TENNESSEE TITANS (6-9) at  INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-6)

3:15 p.m. (CST), Sunday

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

TV: CBS (Comcast, Ch. 5); Radio: WGFX-FM 104.5

About the Titans:
• They are guaranteed to finish with a losing record but need a win to avoid their first 10-loss season since 2005, when they went 4-12.

• Quarterback Kerry Collins had a season-low completion percentage last Sunday at Oakland (37.8). He also completed exactly 14 passes for the third time in four weeks – the one exception was Dec. 9 against Indianapolis when he had 28.

• Running back Chris Johnson needs two rushing touchdowns to tie Steve McNair for third place on the franchise’s all-time list. Johnson currently has 34.

• They have scored 336 points for the season. With 14 more they will reach 350 for the third year in a row, which has not happened since 1988-93, when the then-Houston Oilers used a run-and-shoot offense.

About the Colts:
• They have won at least 10 games in each of the last eight seasons, which is the second-longest streak in NFL history behind San Francisco (16 from 1983-98).

• Quarterback Peyton Manning had a season-low completion percentage last Sunday at Oakland (53.3). He also was held to fewer than 20 completions for the first time. Manning has completed at least 24 passes in three straight against the Titans.

• Wide receiver Reggie Wayne needs one receiving touchdown to pass Raymond Berry for second place on the franchise’s all-time list. Wayne and Berry currently are tied with 68.

• They have not scored 30 or more points in consecutive games against the Titans since they did so four straight in 2004 and 2005. They had 30 in the season’s first meeting.
 
Something to consider:
• The Colts and Titans have combined to win all eight AFC South titles since realignment in 2002. Indianapolis has won six and will make it seven with a victory or a Jacksonville loss. Tennessee has won two.

• Indianapolis has won seven straight at Lucas Oil Stadium against teams from the AFC South. Tennessee is 2-5 in its last seven on the road against divisional opponents.

• The Colts and Titans are first and second, respectively, in sack differential since the start of 1998. Indianapolis is plus-223 (465 sacks, 242 allowed) while Tennessee is plus-140 (503 sacks, 363 allowed).

Prediction:
There is one aspect of this contest that seems to outweigh all others: The Colts have no shortage of motivation while the Titans are playing for virtually nothing.

Needing a win to secure a playoff berth, expect Indianapolis to start quickly and score on its first two or three possessions by throwing short on first down and converting often on third down.

From there, the only drama will be whether or not the Titans can respond and make it interesting, as they did the last time they played the Colts (a 30-28 loss), or whether they will just count down the minutes until the final whistle, as they did last Sunday at Kansas City (a 34-14 defeat).

Expect the latter.

Colts 30, Titans 10

 

1 Comment on this post:

By: dargent7 on 12/31/10 at 7:50

They should have IN homicide detectives stationed on the sideline...the Titans are going to get murdered.