Quick Look: Colts and Titans in Week Six
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INDIANAPOLIS – Could a Monday Night Football audience really be seeing Jacoby Brissett vs. Matt Cassel in Week Six?
We know Brissett will be under center again for the Colts.
The Titans will have their quarterback quandary carry throughout the week, as Marcus Mariota tries to return to action after a hamstring injury sidelined him last week.
Earlier this week, Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota was doing much better and it sounds like the young quarterback has a realistic shot at playing on Monday night.
Tennessee comes into Week Six having lost consecutive road games (Texans and Dolphins), scoring no more than 14 points in each loss.
Like the Titans emphasized last year, they are again relying on a successful rushing attack---they rank 2nd in the NFL at 4.76 yards per carry.
Finding a more potent passing attack is still a work in progress for Mariota and the Titans.
Defensively, the Titans have struggled in keeping teams out of the end zone.
They rank 30th in points allowed, at 28.4 PPG.
Former Colt Erik Walden is a reserve outside linebacker for the Titans. Walden has just nine tackles and 1 sack after five games this season.
The Week Six contest for the Colts marks their first divisional tilt of the 2017 season.
It’s a crowded division through five weeks, with three teams at 2-3 (Texans, Titans and Colts) and the Jaguars leading the South at 3-2.
In recent years, the Colts have dominated the Titans. Indy has won 11 in a row over the Titans, and 16 of their past 17 against their Nashville foes.
2017 Record: 2-3, in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the AFC South.
Head Coach: Mike Mularkey, head coach (6th season as an NFL head coach, 29-49 overall in regular season, 0-0 in post season).
2017 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 24th (308.6); Rushing, 9th (124.8); Passing, 27th (183.8). Defense – Overall, 21st (345.0); Rushing, 18th (110.0); Passing, 24th (235.0).
2017 Leading Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (66-of-110 comp., 792 yards, 60.0 pct., 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 79.8 rating).
2017 Leading Running Back: DeMarco Murray (56 carries, 273 yards, 1 TD).
2017 Leading Receiver: Delanie Walker (21 receptions, 244 yards, 0 TDs).
2017 Leading Sacker: Derrick Morgan (3.0).
2017 Turnover Breakdown: Minus 2 (tied for 21st in the NFL).
2017 NFL Draft Results: With the fifth overall pick, the Titans wanted to add a playmaker for Marcus Maiorta. They did that with Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis, who has battled a hamstring injury early in his rookie season. Later in Round One, the Titans spent their other first-round pick on USC cornerback/return man Adoree’ Jackson. Selections of a third-round receiver (Taywan Taylor) and a fourth-round tight end (Jonnu Smith) brought more weapons coming to Mariota.
2016 Review: Keeping interim head coach Mike Mularkey, the Titans had a resurgent year with Marcus Mariota playing in his second NFL season. The Titans recovered from a 1-3 start to go 9-7 and fall just a game short of winning the AFC South. Under new general manager Jon Robinson, the Titans keyed in on building a sound running game around their young quarterback. A 2-4 mark in the AFC South was a major reason why the Titans did not make the giant leap into the postseason.
Last time in Playoffs: 2008 season. Lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 13-10, in the AFC Divisional Round of the Playoffs.
Last time in Super Bowl: 1999 season. Lost to the St. Louis Rams, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Super Bowl Championships: None.
2016 Pro Bowl Selections: DT-Jurrell Casey, OT-Taylor Lewan, RB-DeMarco Murray, OLB-Brian Orakpo, TE-Delaine Walker.