It was another AFC South divisional game, it was another big win for the Colts. For the 2nd consecutive week, the Colts faced a divisional foe and blew them out of the water. Only this time, it was 41-17, not 44-17.
QB Andrew Luck threw for 4 touchdowns (to 4 different Colts’ receivers) and 1 interception to go along with 393 passing yards and a QBR of 123.3. The Colts once again ran the ball well on the ground as the two-headed running back monster of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combined to rush 29 times for 79 total rushing yards (2.7 ypc). While the ypc mark wasn’t the prettiest, the Colts were able to establish a consistent running game early, which led to more passing opportunities for QB Andrew Luck, who clearly took advantage.
It’s also worth noting that Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne had a big day, catching his first touchdown of the season (and first since his ACL surgery last season), on his way to 119 receiving yards, making several highlight reel catches. Additionally, Ahmad Bradshaw caught his 4th touchdown of the season, which is pretty remarkable when you consider that he had 3 total in his first 7 seasons combined.
The game was never really all that close, and it probably got to its closest when QB Andrew Luck threw an ill-advised interception to LB Wesley Woodyard in the closing minute and a half in Colts’ territory, which led to a Delanie Walker Titans’ touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half. While the Titans were still in striking distance, only behind 20-10 at the half, that’s as close as the game would ever get. The Colts answered with two touchdown drives of their own in the 3rd quarter to answer, and that was that.
Defensively, the Colts never really let the Titans’ Charlie Whitehurst and his offense get in a rhythm. While Titans’ running back Bishop Sankey was a lone bright spot, finishing the game with 6 carries for 34 yards (5.7 ypc), it was mostly too little, too late. To his credit, Whitehurst actually played about as well as you could expect from a 2nd-string QB with limited offensive weapons, but the Colts’ defense was simply too much in the end.
The boys in blue got a spirited effort from one of their team leaders, ILB D’Qwell Jackson, who finished the game with 10 tackles (8 solo) and a sack. Other veterans also rose to the challenge, as DE Cory Redding finished with 5 tackles (4 solo), a sack, and 2 QB hits. Likewise, veteran safety Mike Adams had an impressive pass deflection in the end zone in the 2nd quarter and finished the game with 2 interceptions.
All-in-all, it was an exceptional performance by a team looking to get back to .500 on the season, now 2-2, and it was nice again to play the AFC South.