Week Four brings another divisional rival, as the Colts and Titans face off in a early season “must win” game. With both teams finally getting their first wins of the season, who will take advantage?
The Colts finally have something offensive wise. The Titans are looking to stay afloat to keep their season alive. Who’s ready to take advantage in this AFC battle?
The Colts And The AFC South Shutout The AFC West
In Week Three, fans saw the AFC South face the preseason “juggernaut” division, the AFC West. Many in the football world predicted the AFC West to establish four teams in the playoffs. Well, folks, the game is played on turf and not paper or the internet.
The Colts battled with the Kansas City Chiefs last week, in what some would call “an upset”, but if history has a say in it, it was just a typical Sunday afternoon, as the Colts beat the Chiefs 20-17. The Tennessee Titans also had a close battle with the Las Vegas Raiders, as they won 24-22. Both AFC South squads were initially pegged to lose their respective games.
AFC South > AFC West pic.twitter.com/njXcXhpmJQ — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 25, 2022
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Titans Can’t Afford Slow Start Against Colts
The Tennessee Titans have stumbled out of the gates in the 2022 NFL season. With a Week One loss to the New York Giants and a Week Two thrashing by the Buffalo Bills, where there was a Malik Willis appearance, the Titans were finally able to hold it together against the Raiders in Week Three. (However, in my opinion, the Raiders win could of easily been a loss as well).
The Titans scored all 24 points in the first half and were a two point conversion away from potentially losing that game in dramatic fashion. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had 264 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. Running back Derrick Henry rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown.
The Titans defense was able to get a takeaway and a sack, but still gave up almost 400 yards in total offense, allowing 24 first downs. To give up that and still get the win is pretty impressive, but looks can definitely be deceiving.
#Titans Top Plays vs. Raiders | Week 3 #LVvsTEN 📺: More coverage on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/UfjuThadfo — Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 26, 2022
Colts Buck Off Chiefs In Early Season (Not An Upset) Win
Week Three’s battle had all the makings of a movie as the 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs came into Lucas Oil Stadium to face the 0-1-1 Indianapolis Colts. Of course, many experts predicted this to be a blowout being delivered by the Chiefs, but again, if history played out, the Colts had every right to feel like they had the upper hand in this fight.
The Colts were without their defensive leader in linebacker Shaq “Maniac” Leonard for the third consecutive week as he works his way back into playing shape, but the offense welcomed back wide receivers Michael Pittman, Jr. and rookie Alec Pierce. Both receivers played a vital role in the game, as they both led the team in receiving yards. Rookie tight end Jelani Woods stole the day as he came down with two touchdowns (the last one being the game winner with 24 seconds left). Woods is solidifying his claim as a high potential red zone option going forward.
Kansas City just couldn’t get consistent momentum, as the Colts defense held quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a 78.5 quarterback rating and put the clamps down on the running game to a total of 58 yards rushing. Special teams played an absolutely terrific game with one takeaway and numerous punts that led to great field position for the defense to work with. Overall, it was a barn burner that turned victorious for the Indianapolis Colts.
#KCvsIND was a movie 🍿 pic.twitter.com/xg0n4OV9rX — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 28, 2022
Week Four: (Colts Release) Attack on Titans
They finally meet again: Colts versus Titans. Every game is a must win when they play against each other. Last year, we saw each team in a battle. The two best running backs in the league went head to head. These games always bring out “the dog” for both teams.
Both teams know they have to beat each other in order to win the AFC South. Let the fireworks begin and let’s see which “dog” comes out on top. The Titans have a severely banged up line, as they just lost left tackle Taylor Lewan to a season-ending knee injury. There’s also some playing time issues with former first round pick cornerback Caleb Farley. Pair that with limited passing options at wide receiver and tight end, and the Titans will have to find some type of offense because the Colts run defense is one of the best in the league.
The Colts offense seems to be headed in the right direction, which is bad for a Titans team without their top pass rusher in defensive end Harold Landry III. This will definitely be a recipe for disaster for the Titans. If you see rookie quarterback Malik Willis enter the game, you might as well kick back, relax and light your victory cigar because the Colts just unleashed an attack on the Titans.
We need EVERY Colts Fan that is at Titan Game on Sunday,to understand that YOU,Yes You!!! Can help us beat Titans on Sunday/ BY BEING LOUD! Like NEVER Before! I mean SO LOUD that YOU help us DICTATE The Game! LOUD LIKE NEVER BEFORE🏈💪🏼! You’ve been challenged/What U Gonna Do?!🏈 — Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 29, 2022
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