Colts: 3 matchups vs. Titans that must be exploited
2. Colts’ discipline vs. Titans’ penalties
The Titans have an average of 6.3 penalties per game for 55.7 yards, while the Colts are one of the best teams in the NFL at 4.3 penalties and 41.9 yards a contest. This stark difference in discipline is something that Indianapolis is going to have to use in their deck of cards if they want to take down one of the hottest teams in the AFC.
Heading into the start of the 2021-22 season, Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel didn’t have to worry too much about penalties. From 2018 to 2021, the Titans forced a total of 356 penalties against their opponents. Now, seven weeks into the year, Tennessee has already been hit with 44 flags. For comparison, the Colts have 30 penalties.
Overall, the defense did come up strong for Indianapolis last week, but San Francisco also played with a lack of discipline in the pouring rain. That clearly didn’t pan out too well for the 49ers. If the Titans walk into Lucas Oil Stadium and fail to control their game, the Colts’ chances of sitting at .500 on the season are going to drastically rise.
The Titans’ season-low for penalties happened against Indianapolis in the third week of the season with four. The Colts have hit their season-low twice this season with two. Tennessee’s eight penalties is what led to the Titans’ embarrassing loss against the Jets. Indianapolis is a far better team than New York, and as we all know, flags can alter the course of a game. Discipline is the name of the game and Tennessee doesn’t have it.