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Behind Enemy Lines, Part 2: A Look at the Indianapolis Colts


NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Here's a quick look at the Colts:

Record: 7-3.

Last game: Colts 34, Packers 31 (OT).

Points for/against: 27.6/20.8 ppg.


Offense: 13th overall, 373.4 ypg (19th rushing, 10th passing).

Defense: 2nd overall, 298.1 (3rd rushing, 4th passing).


Head coach: Frank Reich.


QB: Philip Rivers (239-of-349, 2,683 yards, 14 TDs, 8 INTs, 95.0 rating).

Top RB: Jonathan Taylor (135 carries, 518 yards, 4 TD).

Top WR: Zach Pascal (31 catches, 384 yards, 2 TDs).

Top TE: Trey Burton (20 catches, 171 yards, 2 TD).


Sacks: DE Denico Autrey (6).

Leading tackler: LB Darius Leonard (67).

Interceptions: Many with 2.

Take/Give: +6 (17/11).

Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship (23-of-26 FGs, 25-of-27 PATs).

Punter: Rigoberto Sanchez 46.5 (40.7).

Last meeting: November 12, 2020: Colts 34, Titans 17.

Of note:

-The Colts placed defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the Reserve/COVID-19 List on Wednesday.

-Colts tight end Jack Doyle was originally signed by the Titans as a free agent in 2013. He attended Western Kentucky University.

-Colts receiver Zach Pascal signed to the Titans practice squad in Week One of 2017-18 season before being claimed off waivers by the Colts.

-Colts tight ends coach Jason Michael was with the Titans for four seasons, serving as the club's offensive coordinator (2014-15) and quarterbacks coach (2016-17).

-Titans cornerback Chris Milton played for the Colts from 2016-18.

-Titans guard/center Jamil Douglas spent a week on the Colts practice squad at the beginning of the 2018 season.

-Titans running back Jeremy McNichols spent time with the Colts in 2018 on the practice squad as well as on the 53-man roster.

Injury Report

S Julian Blackmon (illness)

DE Justin Houston (not injury related)

C Ryan Kelly (neck)

G Quenton Nelson (back/ankle)

LB Bobby Okereke (ankle)

WR Zach Pascal (knee/foot)

QB Philip Rivers (toe)

S Khari Willis (ribs/shoulders)

CB Rock Ya-Sin (illness)

CB Isaiah Rodgers (knee)

T Braden Smith (thumb)

TE Noah Togiaa (knee)

LB Anthony Waller (ribs)

Titans HC Mike Vrabel on …

(on the challenges of the physicality of the Colts defense)

I have nothing, and I know that our football team has nothing but the utmost respect for Frank (Reich), his football team, Chris Ballard, the football team that they've assembled. They've outscored opponents 41-3 in the second half of the last two games. That's included us. We weren't able to score, and the Packers were able to get three points. They aren't front runners. They are going to compete. They're going to fight and they're going to finish throughout the game. For us to have any chance to win, we're going to have to be strong throughout and certainly be able to match their physicality, intensity, especially in the second half of the football game.

(on what stands out about the Colts run defense)

They'll mix in run pressures. They mix in cover two. They play that well. They're well-coached and they have really good players. They fly to the football. That's a testament to them. They tackle well. I know that the linebackers are good tacklers, but the secondary players, the corners tackle well when they have to replace. When the safeties are down it's a difficult challenge to get them blocked. We'll work hard and prepare and see if we can't manage to try to get them blocked.

(on the challenge of facing the Colts twice in three weeks)

Playing better, I think, for us. Taking care of football, being better on special teams, and watching how they came out in the second half down, and how they played the football game. We're going to have to be able to match that effort and physicality throughout the entire game.

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