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Four Keys: Colts vs Titans Preview

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The Tennessee Titans come into Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on a two game winning streak, beating someone other than the Jaguars at home for the first time since 2013 and they are 3-3, tying last season’s win total. There is a lot to look forward to with this team as they face the Colts in Nashville. What are Tennessee’s Four Keys to victory? Let’s unveil them!

First, feed the beasts DeMarco Murray and the Titans offensive line! Murray is 4th in the NFL with 526 rushing yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry! His offensive line is getting off the ball and imposing their will! Pro Football Focus (every sports talk radio host’s favorite metric to rate linemen) believes the Titans have the best run blocking offensive line in the game. Don’t mess with what works!

Secondly, Marcus Mariota has coming off two great games against the Dolphins and Browns. The connection with those performances is that Mariota has ran for significant yardage. Mariota ran for 60 yards in the win against Miami and 64 yards in last week’s victory against Cleveland. When he gets off, the Titans win. Set the edge, take off, make the defense account for Marcus and that will free up the wide receivers and tight ends. In both wins, Mariota threw for three touchdowns.

Next, the Colts’s defense isn’t great. Indianapolis is 31st in total yards given up, 30th in yards per game and give up 29 points per game. Yes, Andrew Luck is the glue holding Indianapolis together at the moment; however, blowing a 23-9 lead on the road against the struggling Houston Texans last Sunday does little to help matters. The Titans will have opportunities to make shock plays against this porous defense. Look for more deep shots by Mariota.

INJURIES: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle), defensive tackle Henry Anderson (knee), wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (ankle), linebacker Curt Maggitt (ankle), guard Jack Mewhort (tricep) and wide reciever Donte Moncrief (shoulder) will not play this Sunday. Cornerback Darius Butler (calf, hamstring), safety T.J. Green (knee), center Jonotthan Harrison (illness) and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (hip) are questionable this week. Each of them were limited in Friday’s practice.

Meanwhile, tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) and cornerback Brice McCain (ankle) did not participate in practice today for the Titans.

The Indianapolis Colts visit the Tennessee Titans Sunday at 12:00pm CDT (1:00PM EDT). The game will be regionally televised on CBS. Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots will provide the play-by-play and commentary. Jerome Boger will be the game’s referee.

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