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Titans Prepping for Showdown Against Colts

The Tennessee Titans are coming off an important 47-25 win against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday and the message preached around Saint Thomas Sports Park this week has been: “Stay The Course”. Those words have been announced by the team’s starting quarterback, Marcus Mariota. As the Titans are now 5-5 and poised to take on the Indianapolis Colts this week, Head Coach Mike Mularkey echoed his QB’s sentiments.

“From top to bottom, everybody was saying the same thing because that’s what we believed in and didn’t listen to the noise and stuck with our plan,” Mularkey said. “Again, I think we’re making progress. We’re making a lot of progress, and that’s what our plan was. You look at all three phases, there are a lot of new faces and a lot of new schemes going on. We’re 10 games in  and we’re getting better. That’s what’s important.”

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Last week, Mariota completed 19-of-26 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns. In the last six games, the signal-caller has accounted for 19 total touchdowns and only thrown three interceptions. According to ESPN Stats and Info, since Week 5, Tennessee leads the NFL in points per game (33.7). Mariota ranks top-five in QBR, yards per attempt and completion percentage.

The Colts are 4-5 and beat the Packers 31-26 at Lambeau Field two weeks ago. Last Sunday was their bye weekend.

The Titans and Colts played back on October 23 in Nashville, when Indianapolis rallied for a 34-26 win.

Meanwhile, running back DeMarco Murray has 930 yards through ten games. With 70 yards this Sunday against the Colts, he will eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season for the first time since he notched 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. He fully participated in Thursday’s practice coming off a slight toe injury.

“It is gradually getting better,’’ Murray said of the toe. “Obviously I have to be smart with it. “Obviously it is hard to run the ball in this league, and it is hard to get 1,000 yards. The offensive line, those guys have been doing a great job throughout the course of the year and we just have to continue to take it one game at a time and get better in the run game and stack up some more wins.”

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Tackle Taylor Lewan was fined $30,000 Thursday after he made contact with back judge Brad Freeman during last Sunday’s game against the Packers. Lewan was embroiled in a confrontation with Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion after Guion was unabated to Mariota and hit him unnecessarily.

“Every fine you get, whether you’re right or wrong, you appeal,” Lewan said. “It’s pretty simple: I didn’t know who had their hands on me. Obviously if you watch all of it, I’m looking at the [Packers] the whole time. I never once see the [official].

“You feel hands on you in that type of confrontation, you don’t know if it’s your teammate or the other team, so it’s an honest mistake.”

The Tennessee Titans will face off against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. Kickoff is 12 noon (1:00PM EDT) on Fox. Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston will provide the play-by-play and color commentary.

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