The Indianapolis Colts, offenive juggernauts that they are, face the Tennessee Titans Sunday in what should be an interesting matchup. The visiting Colts will bring with them quarterback Peyton Manning; he completed 18-of-30 for 288 yards and three touchdowns last week vs. the Saints. Also not to be outdone are the wide receiver duo of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Harrison caught 4 balls for 83 yards and a TD while Wayne caught 7 for 115 yards and 2 scores. RB Joseph Addai ran for 118 yards on 23 carries and a TD, as well.
The Titans will counter with their star QB, Vince Young; he went 11-for-18 for a measly 78 yards, but did score a rushing TD. The running attack of the Titans, which led the Titans to victory last week vs. Jacksonville, remains intact with RB Chris Brown. Brown rushed for 175 yards on only 19 carries (9.2 yards per carry) while RB LenDale White added 66 yards on the ground.
The Colts last week overwhelmed the New Orleans Saints last week 41-10 with strong efforts on both offense and defense. They hope to ride that momentum into Sunday’s game, as well. Despite the Colts’ defensive efforts last week, you can expect the Titans to run the ball early and often. The Titans’ Vince Young will definitely have a challenge over an improved Colts secondary this Sunday as the Cover 2 will probably be the pass defense of the day vs. the Titans. For the Titans to win on Sunday, a successful running game and an advantage on ball control/time management will be the key.
The Colts, on the other hand, have more options available to them. Manning should for the most part have success against the Titans secondary as they will probably target Titans CB Nick Harper as part of their passing scheme. But despite the advantages both teams carry, this should be close until the mid-4th quarter when the Colts’ running attack picks up some steam in what should be a decisive Colts victory.