|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.2||1-2||0-3||22.0||11.0||335.7||(5.3)||2.7||17.0||10.3||302.7||(5.1)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||20.7||9.8||17.4||27:36||22-105||(4.7)||22-36||59.6%||224||(6.1)||59-329||(5.6)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||10.6||19.9||30:37||26-109||(4.2)||22-36||59.8%||236||(6.5)||62-344||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Offense Road Games||20.3||10.2||17.0||27:23||25-122||(4.8)||19-33||57.5%||186||(5.6)||58-308||(5.3)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||29.9||14.1||22.4||33:30||30-129||(4.3)||24-35||69.5%||257||(7.3)||65-386||(5.9)||(12.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.1||12.7||20.9||31:28||29-120||(4.2)||22-36||61.3%||235||(6.6)||64-355||(5.5)||(14.7)|
|Defense Road Games||27.8||12.3||20.3||32:37||28-123||(4.4)||23-32||69.7%||228||(7)||60-351||(5.8)||(12.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||-0.8||14-6||40.9%||1-0||45.5%||4-100||(25)||2-24||(11.9)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.7||1.9||13-5||37.6%||1-0||53.7%||3-72||(23.9)||23-2||(10.1)||6-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.3||1.3||0.3||14-6||42.9%||1-1||66.7%||4-98||(23.5)||2-20||(9.2)||6-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.3||1.2|| ||14-6||41.1%||1-0||50.0%||2-56||(27.8)||2-21||(8.9)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||14-5||40.1%||1-0||48.4%||3-59||(22.9)||23-2||(10.1)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.3||0.3||1.7|| ||13-6||43.2%||1-0||50.0%||2-69||(34.4)||2-9||(5.7)||5-44|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+2.3||2-1||2-1||26.3||14.7||406.3||(5.7)||3.0||35.0||17.7||400.3||(6.3)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||22.1||12.1||23.8||31:15||27-106||(3.9)||23-42||55.5%||286||(6.8)||69-392||(5.7)||(17.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.3||11.7||21.3||31:28||29-122||(4.3)||22-36||61.4%||243||(6.7)||65-364||(5.6)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||21.7||12.3||23.0||33:12||30-110||(3.6)||23-41||56.5%||278||(6.8)||71-388||(5.5)||(17.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.5||13.7||20.3||29:09||26-122||(4.8)||21-34||62.1%||241||(7)||60-363||(6.1)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.8||19.5||30:32||27-113||(4.2)||21-35||60.1%||222||(6.4)||62-335||(5.4)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||19.2||9.8||18.3||26:48||23-116||(5)||20-33||60.7%||218||(6.5)||57-334||(5.9)||(17.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0||-1.3||15-6||43.8%||1-1||87.5%||3-51||(18.7)||2-21||(10.9)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||1.9||14-5||39.9%||1-0||58.5%||3-65||(23.7)||20-2||(9.6)||7-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.3||0.8||-0.3||17-9||49.5%||0-0||50.0%||2-50||(23.2)||3-33||(12.6)||8-72|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.2||0.7|| ||13-5||38.8%||0-0||50.0%||2-55||(25.3)||2-27||(13)||8-77|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||38.0%||1-0||41.1%||3-68||(24.1)||22-2||(10.8)||6-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.3||0.2||0.5|| ||13-5||37.2%||0-0||33.3%||2-65||(28)||3-21||(7.4)||8-77|
|Average power rating of opponents played: TENNESSEE 21.2, INDIANAPOLIS 18.3|
|12/9/2012||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/17/2012||NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/14/2012||@ NY JETS||9-35||L||3||L||44||P||17-41||22-44-257||4||44-252||12-19-99||0|
|11/18/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||24-59||L||10||L||54||O||24-119||27-50-329||4||25-115||24-35-331||0|
|12/9/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|TENNESSEE: The Titans are encouraged by what they deemed a productive offseason for RB Chris Johnson. They mix a lot of zone plays in for Johnson, though their line is more built for man blocking. They use a lot of two-tight end sets and still use a fullback to try and open things up for him. Johnson takes about 70 percent of the reps and is often asked to find yards between the tackles. Javon Ringer will come in on every third or fourth series. The Titans often go into the red zone with the idea of running it, with Johnson taking a lot of touches. But they get easily frustrated after one busted play and ended up one of the league's most pass-heavy red zone teams. The Titans were so pass-happy for most of last season that they looked like classic Air Coryell under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. They get the ball downfield aggressively, something that didn't change whether it was Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker under center. Kenny Britt is the first look, with Nate Washington not far behind. Jared Cook is often used to stretch the middle of the field. Rookie Kendall Wright was brought in to provide a deep threat in the slot, though he may be used underneath as well for spacing purposes. The Titans also reintroduced the screen game last year, giving them another way to get Johnson the ball. They'll often try to get the ball outside to a receiver near the goal line rather than using a tight end over the middle. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn and DE Jason Babin leaving before last season was a big reason Tennessee finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL in 2011. The secondary took a hit this year with the departure of CB Cortland Finnegan and contract dispute with franchise player S Michael Griffin. A lot is going to be asked of LB Colin McCarthy, who was a monster after moving into the starting lineup in the middle of last season, recording 50 solo tackles over eight games as a rookie. Tennessee will be looking for both projected starting cornerbacks, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, to help fill the void created by the loss of Finnegan. McCourty led defensive backs in solo tackles in 2011, and opposing quarterbacks may target him even more often now that he'll be matched up with many opposing No. 1 WRs. Verner has 102 total tackles (86 solo) in 15 career starts and would seem to be the more attractive target for opposing quarterbacks to pick on. |
|INDIANAPOLIS: There's been a lot of turnover with the Colts, and it should be evident in the new look of their running game. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin, who came over from Pittsburgh with new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, is versed in more of a power man-blocking scheme. Indy will try to be much more physical up front as opposed to past years. It will be a huge adjustment for their smallish o-line. Delone Carter would seem to be a better fit for their new style than Donald Brown, but Brown's more well-rounded skill set will likely make this at least a time share. Carter seems likely to get the first crack at goal-line carries. Andrew Luck essentially ran his own offense at Stanford and did it with surprising balance. This offense will feature a lot of timing routes and the Colts figure to install a two-tight end base after drafting Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the top 70. Fleener may be their top deep threat, stretching the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne (who will be Luck's No. 1 target). Arians ran a lot of deep crossing routes in Pittsburgh, but Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton are Indy's only WRs with speed. Luck figures to get a little more freedom in the red zone than the typical rookie quarterback. The Colts don't have the line to really get a push in a short field, so they'll have to get creative. Fleener and Wayne are both capable red zone targets. The Colts defense was atrocious in 2011, and they could be just as bad this season. Andrew Luck might lower Indy's time on the defensive end of the field (NFL-high 33:46 per game last year), but this is a unit with a bunch of holes to patch up, and Indy focused more on offensive improvements in the draft. Dwight Freeney will shift to outside linebacker this season with Indy switching to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano'although it will be adjustment for the veteran, he should be an effective pass rusher as long as he remains healthy. The undersized Pat Angerer made a lot of tackles last season after moving to middle LB in Week 2, and he'll be the team's primary run-stopper in Pagano's 3-4. Antoine Bethea is more effective in run support than he is in pass coverage, and his contributions will be key playing behind an undermanned front seven that will be transitioning to a new scheme. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (TENNESSEE-INDIANAPOLIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Titans-Colts Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
A knack for late-game heroics and the ability to win the close ones have helped put the Indianapolis Colts in good position to return to the playoffs.
The Colts needed overtime to win at Tennessee earlier this season, but hope for an easier time Sunday when they try for a fifth consecutive home victory over the reeling Titans.
Paced by rookie Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (8-4) executed last-minute winning drives against Green Bay and Minnesota, and rallied from seven down in the fourth quarter for a 19-13 overtime win at Tennessee on Oct. 28. However, the Colts' 35-33 victory at Detroit last Sunday might have been the most improbable of all.
Luck threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:39 to rally the Colts from a 12-point deficit and deliver their second straight victory and sixth in seven games to maintain the top wild-card spot in the AFC. Luck's 14-yard TD pass to Donnie Avery as time expired was Indianapolis' first winning score with no time left since 1990.
"They don't know no better," said receiver Reggie Wayne, who is tied for third in the league with 88 receptions. "They just know to just keep playing. That's a credit just to the coaches. Just keeping the guys into it, keeping them to play toward the end, and guys just go out there and keep fighting and fighting till it's all over."
Without Luck, it's uncertain if the Colts would be where they are one season removed from the 2-14 debacle. He's already broke Peyton Manning's record for 300-yard games (six) as a rookie and has won more in his first year than any quarterback selected No. 1 overall since the 1970 merger. After throwing for 391 yards with four TDs and three interceptions at Detroit, Luck improved to 7-1 in games decided by eight points or fewer.
If the Colts can continue their recent home dominance over the Titans (4-8), they need only one more win and a conference loss by either Cincinnati or Pittsburgh to return to the playoffs. Two of Indianapolis' final three games are against 11-1 Houston, but sandwiched in the middle is 2-10 Kansas City.
"There's some really good football teams behind us and we just have to take care of our own business," interim coach Bruce Arians said.
Luck was 26 of 38 for 297 yards with an interception and connected with Vick Ballard for a 16-yard TD in overtime at Tennessee. Fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 35 yards in that contest, but has recorded three 100-yard games in the last five. He matched a career high with six catches for 100 against the Lions.
Indianapolis has outscored Tennessee 243-113 while winning eight of nine at home in the series. Donald Brown ran for 161 yards and a TD in the Colts' first win last season, 27-13 over the visiting Titans on Dec. 18.
They could be in for another big offensive effort against the Titans, who rank 31st in scoring defense at 29.9 points per game.
Tennessee looks to avoid a third consecutive defeat after totaling 29 points in its last two games following a 37-3 win at Miami on Nov. 11. The Titans will be forced to revamp an already makeshift offensive line after right tackle David Stewart suffered a season-ending broken leg and left guard Steve Hutchinson a knee injury in last Sunday's 24-10 loss to Houston.
"It seems like this is one of those years where what can go wrong is going wrong, and we're getting challenged in a lot of different ways," coach Mike Munchak said.
The problems up front likely don't bode well for Jake Locker, who was sacked six times against the Texans. Locker threw for 309 yards with a TD, but was intercepted three times and lost two fumbles. He's been responsible for all but one of the Titans' eight turnovers over the last two games.
Chris Johnson was held to 51 yards on 13 carries last Sunday after averaging 122.0 in his previous six games. He rushed 21 times for 99 yards against the Colts this season but has been held to 94 on 35 attempts in his last two at Indianapolis.
With Tennessee in position to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Munchak hopes his team can still find a way to finish strong.
"The goal is to be a lot better in four weeks than you are right now," he said. "I mean that's all you can work on."
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:45:31 AM EST|