The Tennessee Titans are on full alert.
Following back-to-back lopsided defeats they're not interested in hearing how bad their next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, is. Never mind that the Colts are one of three NFL teams without a victory this season.
As far as the Titans are concerned, the worst thing would be to become the first team to lose to Indianapolis, which has been without All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning for the entire season.
“You don’t want to be the team they get the ‘W’ against,” wide receiver Damian Williams said. “We know the Colts, regardless of what their record is, are a good team. … They could easily be 5-2.”
New Orleans routed Indianapolis 62-7 on Sunday night. Prior to that, though, the Colts lost five straight —all by 10 points or fewer, two by less than a touchdown.
Indianapolis opened with a 34-7 loss at Houston, which actually was marginally better than the Titans fared against the Texans last Sunday, a 41-7 defeat.
“We are not playing good enough to take anyone lightly,” coach Mike Munchak said. “I don’t think there is any chance of that happening. Turn the film on — these guys play hard, they are playing hard every snap and they always have. They are missing [Manning] which we know is a big guy. … We have to go out and play our best game, we haven’t played well in three weeks.”
In addition to Indianapolis, the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins have yet to record their first victories. The Rams and Dolphins each have had a bye and are 0-6.
At 0-7, therefore, the Colts officially have the league’s worst record.
“Coming off our last two games it’s kind of hard to take anybody lightly,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. “So I think we’re preparing this week and working our butts off to try and get a win on Sunday.”
• Hasselbeck hurting: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was limited in practice by a bruised right thumb but was expected to practice at full speed the rest of the week.
Hasselbeck sustained the injury in last Sunday's loss to Houston.
Also on the Titans injury report were tight end Craig Stevens (ribs), defensive end William Hayes (back), safety Chris Hope (forearm) and linebacker Colin McCarthy (hamstring). Hayes, Hope and McCarthy did not participate in practice.
• Collins finished: Any chance that the Titans might face former quarterback Kerry Collins this season were eliminated Tuesday when Collins was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.
Collins started the first three games of the season for Indianapolis after he was signed late in training camp. He completed 48 of 98 passes for 481 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
“We had consultation with doctors and all of the necessary parties to make the decision, and that was the best decision at this particular point in time,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “[Collins] is a competitor. … He is one of those guys that is a die-hard, he is a throw-back, and he plays that game for all of the right reasons.
“Anytime it comes to an end, a season comes to an end, like that it’s tough.”
• Century club: Sunday’s game will be the 100th regular season contest at LP Field since the Titans moved there in 1999.
It ranks second only in games to the Houston Astrodome among the six venues that have served as homefield for the franchise.
The Titans are 62-37 at LP Field. The .626 winning percentage far exceeds that of the Astrodome, where it was .523 (113-103-2).