Tennessee Titans Edge Indianapolis
The Tennessee Titans take care of the Colts 31-17 to maintain some leverage in the division. The Titans were led by Derrick Henry on the ground running for 149 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill also added two scores in the air.
The Colts led 17-7 at one point as midway through the third quarter until the Titans reeled off 24 straight points.
There were five turnovers between both teams. And it was Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri enduring the roughest day going 1/4 in field goal attempts. Included was a kick-six with 5:00 left in the game.
The game started off ominously enough with a Derrick Henry fumble. The turnover game Indy the ball at the Titan 39. This set up a Jacoby Brissett 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jack Doyle.
Tennessee Titans would respond on the next drive. After going 11 plays and 75 yards, Titan’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill would hit Adam Humphries from 13 yards out for the touchdown.
Indianapolis would then fail on two consecutive missed field goals. Vinatieri would miss wide right from 55 yards and get a low kick blocked from 53. Vinatieri would redeem himself in the second with a 28 yarder to give Indy the 10-7 lead into halftime.
The Colts would start off the third quarter marching 75 yards for a touchdown. But this time Nyheim Hines would punch it in from one-yard out to put Indy up 17-7. That’s when the bottom fell out for Indianapolis.
After Derrick Henry rumbled into the endzone from 13 yards out to give Tennessee a 17-14 deficit, Brissett threw an interception that resulted in a Ryan Succop 31 yard field goal to tie up the game.
In the aforementioned Vinatieri block, Titan Austin Johnson got a glove on the ball and Tye Smith raced 63 yards for the touchdown.
Finally, another Brissett pick sealed Indy’s fate late in the fourth quarter. Tennessee would take advantage and put the final nail in the horseshoe when Tannehill hit Kalif Raymond with a 40-yard touchdown.
Both teams came in at 6-5 with an opportunity to potentially tie Houston for the lead in the AFC South.
Ryan Tannehill would go 17/22 for 182 yards and a couple of touchdowns. His Colts counterpart Jacoby Brissett had a 319-yard performance marred by the two interceptions. Tannehill’s performance certainly proved that he can be competitive with a strong running game.
Most noteworthy was Brissett’s two pick performance. It was only the second time in his career he registered a multi-interception game. The other was two years ago in a loss to Jacksonville.
The Colts defense held the Tennessee Titans in check for the first half of the game sacking Tannehill six times and forcing two Titans fumbles.
Derrick Henry had a big day for the Titans. The monster back went for 149 yards on the ground and 17 receiving. His 149 yards gave him his third straight 100-yard game. Henry was the first to record a triad of century-yard rushing games since Chris Johnson did it a decade ago.
Indy kicker and future Hall-of-Famer Adam Vinatieri’s three misses have made his 2019 his worst season. His 68% field goal percentage is by far his worst. In contrast, his 2003 campaign with New England had him at 73.5% which was his previous low.
Colts receiver Zach Pascal led the game with 149 yards giving him a career-high in both single game and season yardage. Star receiver T.Y. Hilton was out for Indianapolis thus giving Pascal the call at WR1.
Finally, next up for Tennessee is a matchup against the Raiders. For the Colts they travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers.
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