Colts: 1 Titans flaw that Indianapolis could expose in Week 3
By Mike Luciano
The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a ton of time to lick their wounds after another tough loss against Matthew Stafford and the Rams. The Tennessee Titans are welcoming Indy to Nashville, and while Mike Vrabel laid an egg in Week 1, the offense looked much better the week after.
Derrick Henry looked as unstoppable as he did during his 2,000-yard season, Ryan Tannehill was fitting balls into keyholes in the second half, and Tennessee pulled out a win against a Seahawks team that beat the brakes off of Indy in Week 1. Tennessee will likely come into this game as the overwhelming favorite to take home the win.
With quarterback Carson Wentz currently struggling with ankle injuries and confidence in Jacob Eason not exactly high, things are looking grim for Tennessee. However, there is a chance that the Colts pull off an upset due to a flaw in the Titans’ philosophy that Indianapolis could exploit.
Not only has defensive coordinator Shane Bowen been running some of the most confusing, vanilla alignments possible, but he’s doing so with an inferior cast of cornerbacks that have been sliced and diced every which way this season. Indy needs to air it out and test these DBs if they want to win.
The Colts need to go after these Titans cornerbacks in Week 3.
Former second-round pick Kristian Fulton has first-round talent and has looked more consistent this season, but he’s far from the second coming of Deion Sanders. 2021 first-rounder Caleb Farley is being slowly eased into NFL action after sitting out the 2020 season.
Beyond those two, the depth chart features the wildly up-and-down Janoris Jenkins and another rookie in Elijah Molden. At safety, Kevin Byard is solid, but the release of Bradley McDougald and injury to Amani Hooker has left Tennessee very thin at that position. Wentz and/or Eason must capitalize.
Seahawks OC Shane Waldron wasn’t reinventing the wheel in this game, he was stretching the field with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (after establishing the run, of course). No matter who is under center in Week 3, Indy will have a passer with a strong arm, and they’ll be facing a defense begging to be attacked down the field.
Reich and the Colts haven’t looked like the well-oiled machine that many expected this season, as offensive line shifting paired with some poor decisions from Wentz has made it tough for the offense to get going. Tennessee was one miracle fourth quarter away from 0-2, so perhaps the Colts can get their mojo back against this defense.