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Six Things to Watch in Titans-Colts Game on Sunday

Posted Nov 24, 2017

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers six things to watch in Sunday's Titans-Colts game at Indianapolis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here’s a look at six things to watch:

Mariota Bounce Back

After throwing four interceptions last Thursday against the Steelers, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is ready to return to action. He said himself he wants to prove the performance was a “fluke.” Mariota will face a Colts team he performed well against back on October 16. Despite being limited with a hamstring injury, Mariota threw for 306 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting. He’ll aim to bounce back on Sunday in Indy.

Rushing attack

Titans running back DeMarco Murray stood at his locker this week and did his best to explain the inconsistencies in the Titans rushing attack this season. Sure, the numbers aren’t bad – the Titans are ranked 12th in the NFL, averaging 117.5 yards per game. But the Titans haven’t eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six of their 10 games, and against the Steelers managed just 52 yards on the ground. Some encouraging news: the Titans ran for 168 yards in the first meeting against the Colts, when Derrick Henry led the way with 131.

Get after Brissett

Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been sacked 35 times this season, but the Titans got him to the ground just once back in the first meeting. Coming off a three-sack game of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Titans will look to get after Brissett more on Sunday. On the season, the Titans have just 17 sacks, led by linebacker Derrick Morgan’s six. Down the stretch, the team wants to disrupt more games with sacks.

Keep T.Y. in check

The Titans did a great job against Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton in the first meeting. On the season, Hilton has 725 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 36 catches, but he managed just one catch for 19 yards against the Titans on October 16. A week after 299 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Steelers, the Titans secondary will look to clamp down in the Colts. But beware: Colts receiver Chester Rogers had a career-high 104 receiving yards and a touchdown last week.

Delanie Walker

While making the rounds in the locker room this week, it was clear tight end Delanie Walker is still upset about the events of last Thursday. The Titans were blown out, of course, but Walker also dropped a touchdown pass in that game. He’s still not happy about it. Look for Walker to bounce back against an Indianapolis team he’s had plenty of success against in the past. Walker has seven-plus catches in four of the last six games against Indianapolis.

End the streak

The Titans snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Colts in October, but there’s still some unfinished business. While many of the faces have changed in this series, these ugly facts remain: the Titans haven’t swept the Colts since the 2002 season, and they’ve never won a game at Lucas Oil Stadium. A win on Sunday would change that, but the Titans will need to play well against an Indianapolis team that’s played its best football of late.