The Colts play their first divisional game of the 2019 season on Sunday when they take on Tennessee. Here are some key matchups for the game ahead.
The Colts won most of their key matchups a week ago. They blocked the stretch play well, they protected Jacoby Brissett and they were efficient in the passing game. Unfortunately, they had too many dumb plays to come out with a victory.
There are a few key matchups to watch in this game. If the Colts win these matchups, and don’t have any stupid self-inflicted wounds like last week, they should win. Really, the first matchup is against themselves more than the Titans.
Colts special teams vs. Themselves:
The special teams a week ago were a disaster. Most that was self-inflicted as well. Khari Willis got beat badly while blocking for a punt, and the punt got blocked. Adam Vinatieri had the worst kicking game of his career. If the special teams are just okay, it will be an improvement.
Jacoby Brissett vs. Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan:
These two corners had a really good day against the Browns. The Titans dropped into a lot of zone coverage over the weekend, and the corners had good jams on the receivers. Brissett will have to identify the coverage quickly to be effective in the passing game. He has the ability to pass well in zone coverages.
Colts offensive line vs. Titans front seven:
If the Colts can open up holes like they did a week ago, they are in great shape. The offensive line controlled the point of attack all game long, and it led to a career day for Marlon Mack. If they can have a similar effort Sunday, the whole playbook opens up.
If the Colts do all of these things, there’s no reason they can’t win on Sunday afternoon to pick up their first win of 2019.