The good and bad for Colts as they keep playoff hopes alive against Titans

The “cardiac” Colts get another tight victory over division rival Tennessee Titans as they sweep the season series with in the first game of December football. This is the first sweep of Tennessee since 2018.
Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans
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The bad from Colts in Week 13

Red zone efficiency

The Colts struggled in the red zone on Sunday. While they did complete their only red zone possession in overtime when they needed it, the offense was otherwise awful in the red zone. The Titans defense has been great all year in the red zone but the Colts could have put the game away much earlier with better play. Zack Moss was used heavily in the red zone but could not get the job done. Minshew was also the culprit of poor play, losing a fumble in the red zone to close the second half. The play calling seemed a bit timid when they got into the red zone and clearly missed Jonathan Taylor. Indy finished 1-of-5 in the red zone on Sunday and that will need to be a point of emphasis to clean up.

Run defense

Derrick Henry warned Indy during the week that he was unhappy with his production during the first meeting of the season and was looking to improve on his 13 carry and 43-yard performance. He kept his promise with a bounce back game of 102 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. Henry did leave the game in the fourth quarter as he was evaluated for a concussion and his replacement rookie Tyjae Spears had a terrific game with 75 yards on the ground. Spears and Henry finished with a total of 177 yards. The Titans did a great job of attacking the middle of the line with Grover Stewart serving the final game of his suspension. Grover returns on Sunday, and it cannot come at a better time.

Zack Moss

A bit of an off week with Moss in his first week as RB1 with Taylor sidelined with a thumb injury. He finished with 51 yards on 19 carries and no other running back got a single carry. We did see practice squad call up Tyler Goodson get some play on check downs, but this was another week of Moss carrying the load. We saw the gameplan of more pass this week because that front seven of the Titans has shown its strength this season. While I think Moss will be fine going forward even with a less than stellar week, it does bear mentioning if the full workloads that he gets when Taylor is out will be detrimental as the team marches towards the playoffs. Steichen and his staff might need to get some involvement with backups Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson to take some pressure off Moss until Taylor is able to return.