Defenders will have an opportunity to do that when Tennessee (5-6) visits AFC South-leading Indianapolis (7-4) at noon (CT) Sunday, just two games after falling 30-27 to the Colts at home.
|The Titans limited the Raiders to 93 rushing yards for the game one week after the Colts rushed for 99 yards in the second half.|
“It’s still kind of fresh,” linebacker
The Titans allowed 99 rushing yards to Indianapolis in the second half after limiting the Colts to 38 rushing yards in the first half.
“In that last game we played against them they did a great job of kind of beating us up with the run toward the end as soon as they got the lead,” Fokou said. “That was mostly due to some of our minor mistakes. We need to make sure we’re gap sound in the run game and assignment sound. I think that’s going to be one of our major keys this week, to make sure we’re playing gap-sound football and don’t give them anywhere to run to.”
“We’ve got to make sure we close the holes because they do a lot of pulling where they switch gaps,” Casey said. “We’ve got to close those gaps so they don’t have lanes to squeeze through, and our linebackers have to make sure they come downhill and fill in the extra gap.”
Titans coach Mike Munchak said Colts RB Donald Brown did a good job of hitting the holes with a burst in the first game. Brown had 80 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. The 2009 first-round pick has six career games with 80 or more rushing yards and three have come against the Titans.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re wrapping up and make sure we make the tackles, don’t try to butt him down with just a shoulder,” Casey said. “He’s not real big, but he’s a physical dude. He runs hard so it’s going to be our job to make sure we’re making those tackles if it’s gang tackling or taking out the legs, you’ve got to find a way to get him down.”
Last week, the Titans limited the Raiders to 93 rushing yards, which was 52 yards below their season average through their first 10 games.
Ayers said Tennessee needs to be more consistent in stopping the run down the stretch.
“We really focused on it this week and we really went over our run fits and want to focus on everybody in the front seven being disciplined and fitting where they’re supposed to be and understanding the type of runs we’re going to get,” Ayers said. “Being ahead of the plays is the main thing.”
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“It’s a lot of people excited about it and ready to watch it,” Johnson said. “They’re curious as to who won the race like everybody else.” Click here to see a preview video of the program.
SAFETY COMBO: Munchak said
“We’d rather have him, but we’ll be OK,” Munchak said. “The whole thing is when you go lean in certain spots or you lack experience, it’s all about not picking up an injury early in the game where it becomes more affected than it is right now.”
Munchak said the absence of Stevens shouldn’t limit what Tennessee wants to do on offense unless another injury occurs. If that happened, it’s possible that