Week 13 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 3, Indianapolis Colts 35
What you need to know
The Titans finished the game with 40 net rushing yards. Brown averaged 2.9 yards a carry, with Henry at 3.0 yards per carry. A combination of factors attributed to the poor day on the ground. The Titans came out trying to establish the running game, hammering with Brown for the first three series. Brown was dropped for a loss twice in the first series alone. With the ground game not working, the Titans went to the air with no success, abandoning the run. As the game wore on, Henry was the better option for the Titans.
The Titans were so unsure of their rushing attack in the second half, that they threw the ball four straight times from the Coltsí two yard line, going for a pass on fourth down and failing to convert the touch down.
QB Steve McNair was shaken up with a bruised shin on a pass to TE Ben Troupe on the first series of the second half and left the game for the remainder of the series. McNair returned, and continued to play. The Titans abandoned the running game in the second half, but McNair couldnít move the ball into the Coltsí red zone. Outside of one series in the second half, the Titans didnít get closer than the Coltsí 26 yard line.
The Titans went for it on fourth down five times, converting just once.
RB Edgerrin James accounted for nine of the Colts 20 plays in the first half. As the second half rolled around, James took over the game completely. With two receptions and 21 carries, James had the ball on 23 of the 26 total offensive plays in the second half. This was a complete domination of the Titans by James.
The Coltsí defense was dominating. The Titans all but gave up on the running game while still in the first half. On the game, the Colts held the Titans to 40 net yards on the ground. McNair was sacked three times, where one of them popped the ball into the air, and Larry Tripplett returned it for a 60 yard touchdown.
QB Peyton Manning threw the ball for a total of 17 times, the second lowest total of his entire career. The lowest number of passes for his career came against Denver last season where Manning only played a single series. This was the least Manning has thrown in a real game in his career. With the Coltsí offense working so well, they climbed out to an 18 point lead in the third quarter, and gave the game to Edgerrin James to complete. Manning threw a total of five passes in the second half, where two of them went to James. The second half of this game belonged to James.
What you ought to know
|QB Steve McNair, Pass: 22 - 33 - 220 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0|
The Titansí game plan was to come out of the gate running the ball. As that proved unsuccessful, they took to the air. McNair found eight different receivers in the first half as he spread the ball around. McNair was shaken up with a bruised shin on a pass to Troupe in the first drive of the second half, and went to the sideline as Billy Volek finished up the series. McNair returned on the next series, and seemed to have no difficulties from the injury. With the Titans trying to catch up, McNair threw often to his tight ends Troupe and Scaife. The pair accounted for half of the passes thrown in the second half. McNair was sacked by Dwight Freeney for a 12 yard loss that popped the ball into the air. Larry Triplet caught the ball in the air, and returned it for a 60 yard touchdown. Once the Coltsí victory was assured, McNair left the game again, with Volek coming in to finish the game.
After McNair was shaken up on a pass to Troupe, Volek came in for three plays to finish out the series. At this point, the game was still on the line. During these three plays, Volek seemed to look for Troupe as a first option. Volek came back into the game after the Coltsí victory was assured. In this garbage time, Volek spread the ball well.
|RB Chris Brown, Rush: 11 - 32 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)|
Brown finished the game with 11 carries, where nine of them came in the first three Titansí drives of the game. In fact, seven of those carries came in the first quarter of play, and two of those were stopped for negative yardage. With the Colts up by two scores, the Titans abandoned the run, and certainly abandoned Brown with Travis Henry taking the majority of the limited carries left in the game. Henry was far more adept at the passing game that the Titans went to in the second half. The Titans finished with 40 total yards on the ground.
|RB Travis Henry, Rush: 6 - 18 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)|
Henry watched from the sideline at the beginning of the game while Chris Brown struggled on the field. After the third series, Henry got his opportunity as Brown was regulated to the sideline in passing situations. Henry didnít fair any better on the ground, with an average of just three yards a carry, to the 2.9 from Brown. Where Henry was more successful was in the passing game where he picked up gains of 13 and five yards. The Titans finished with 40 total yards on the ground.
Fleming caught one pass for five yards early in the game. The fullback had no more offensive opportunities during the game.
Bennett was used as more of a safety net for McNair while the teamís TEs were used offensively. Bennett was in the offense all game, but every pass was a short dump off, where Bennett was not the first read on the play. With the Coltsí defense playing strong coverage, Bennett received the benefit of the ball as he was rarely in anything above single coverage, if he didnít have a buffer between him and the defender. Bennett was second on the team in targets in both the first and second half; however, nothing was for any kind of a real gain. He averaged six yards a reception on six catches where the longest gain was nine yards.
Williams was thrown to twice in the first half, catching passes of 18 and 16 yards. As the second half came around, the Titans were playing in a standard two TE set, and Williams was rarely on the field.
Calico caught just two passes total on the day. He was targeted twice in the first half as the Titans were attempting to run the ball, and caught one of them. In the second half, Calico was targeted four times, only coming away with one catch. Calico was definitely in the mix in the second half, but failed to convert the targets he received.
After not receiving a target for the last two weeks, the rookie took advantage of the injury to Erron Kinney. Targeted ten times, Scaife caught six receptions for 53 yards. Scaife lead the team in targets in the second half, where McNair looked for him often. All of his passes were shorter gains where McNair was moving the chains.
Troupe was a big part of the offense in both halves, seeing four targets on each side. With an injury to Kinney, Troupe lead the team in receiving yards, and had an excellent gain of 23 yards on one catch. Should Kinney be down for an extended period, Troupe could be on the receiving end of much greater stats to close out the year given the Titansí game planning with their TEs.
Kinney caught his only pass of the game for a four yard gain. He was injured on that play, and failed to return to the game. He was hit at or below the knees, and limped off the field. There was little speculation at the time on the injury.
Bironas kicked a 24 yard FG.
Neither side of the Titansí defense could stop the Colts on the day. Edgerrin James dominated, getting the ball on almost every play of the second half, after easily moving the ball in the first half. This was one of the most dominating games of a running back over the defense that you would ever see. James owned the Titans.
The only thing that stopped Manning on the game was Edgerrin James. After getting up by 18 points the Colts turned the ball over to James. With that, Manning threw the ball a total of five times in the second half. The Titans defense couldnít stop Manning when the game was on the line.
|QB Peyton Manning, Pass: 13 - 17 - 187 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0|
Manning threw 17 passes, the second lowest total of his career. Manning spread the ball in the first half throwing to six different receivers with touchdowns to WR Marvin Harrison and TE Bryan Fletcher. After the Touchdown strike to WR Reggie Wayne in the third quarter, the game was taken over by Edgerrin James. With the Colts up 18 points, Manning spent the rest of the day handing off and throwing to James. Manning threw a total of five passes in the second half, where two of them went to James. This was classic Manning in the first half, moving the ball with ease against the Titans. Manning was not needed in the second half.
Sorgi came in for the last play of the game to kneel down.
James was the offense in the second half of the game. Everything went through James. Of the 26 total offensive plays by the Colts in the second half, 23 of them went to James. He was the only player outside of Manning and Sorgiís kneel down to touch the ball on the Colts last four possessions. In the first half, James took nine of the 20 total plays, and was in the mix as Manning spread the ball around. James took complete control of the game in the second half, and never looked back.
Harrison lead the team in targets in the first half, catching three of the four passes thrown his way for 56 yards. With Manning thrown the ball, Harrison was a first read, and capitalized on all but one opportunity. Harrison caught one single ball in the second half for five yards, and never saw the ball again as James completely took over the game. Harrison was on the sideline with ice on his ankle early in the game, but it was precautionary at best as he returned, and showed no ill effects.
Wayne caught all three balls thrown his way in the game. After receptions of 16 and seven yards in the first half, Wayne caught a 27 yard touchdown to start the third quarter. The score was a bullet to Wayne who was streaking across the middle of the end zone in single coverage. From there, Wayne and the rest of the passing offense were done as James got every single carry or reception of any kind in the last four series.
Stokley was targeted early with the third pass in the game, but failed to convert. From there, the Colts played more two TE sets than normal, and gave the ball to James for the entire second half.
Fletcher was targeted three times catching the ball twice. The first reception was for no gain. The only offensive thing Fletcher did in the game was catch a 13 yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter.
Clark caught one pass for 15 yards in the first half, and a 22 yard reception in the second half. As the game was handed to James in the second half, none of the Coltsí passing options were used.
Vanderjagt kicked five extra points.
The Colts dominated the Titansí rushing game. After stopping the Titans who were concentrating on running the ball in the first three series, the Titans all but abandoned the running game. The Colts defense held the Titans to 40 net yards on the ground. The Colts controlled the ground so well that the Titans went with four straight passes from the Coltsí two yard line in the red zone. This was a dominating unit on the game.
The Coltsí pass defense shut down McNair and company, only letting them into the Coltsí red zone twice on the game. The first time resulted in a field goal from the six yard line. The second opportunity inside the Coltsí 20 yard line was a picture for the Coltsí passing defense on the day. The Titans went for four straight passes from the Colts' two yard line, and failed to convert any points.