The Indianapolis Colts have an AFC South showdown in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans. Here’s what Indy must do to win.
The Indianapolis Colts come into Week 4 at 1-1-1 after getting their first win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Indy will host the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans. The Titans are coming to Indy off of a 24-22 nail-biting victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. Week 3 was also the first winning week for Tennessee of the season.
Indianapolis and the Titans always seem to have heated battles when they play, and intriguing arguments from both fan bases. This game will not disappoint, that is for sure. I am going to talk about three things that the Colts need to do to secure a Week 4 victory against Tennessee.
3. Indy must contain Derrick Henry and company
It is no secret what the Titans’ plan is going to be heading into this game: feeding the King, Derrick Henry. Indianapolis is going to have to be on its game heading into this matchup. Henry has not had the best start to the season, but he can go off at any given time. Henry is averaging just 64 yards on the ground through the first three games. While these are not the numbers we are used to seeing, Henry can take over the game on command.
Another key component to this offense is quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The 34-year-old quarterback can affect the game in numerous ways. Indy needs to keep him in the pocket because Tannehill does a great job of making passes on the run and extending plays with his legs. He tends to not always have the best decision-making, however. When opportunities are given to force a turnover, the Colts need to take advantage of that.
The Titans receiving core is down compared to what it has been in the past couple of years. This year’s group includes rookie Treylon Burks and Super Bowl champ, Robert Woods. Those two guys are really solid. But the guy that we can not let kill us is Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. The 6-foot-2 receiver seems to have played his best games against Indy in the past. Two of his four touchdowns last year came against the Colts.
The offense that the Titans will be putting out on the field has not been consistent yet this season. That does not mean that Indianapolis can take it easy. If the Colts’ defense plays as they did against Mahomes and the Chiefs, they will be okay.