Historically, the Indianapolis Colts have dominated their divisional rivalry against the Tennessee Titans. Lately, that hasn't been the case. The Titans have won five consecutive games against Indy, but the Colts will look to end that streak on Sunday afternoon.
In a new page for the Colts organization, fourth-overall pick Anthony Richardson will look to turn the tide against Tennessee. The rookie is responsible for seven touchdowns in nine quarters of NFL action, demonstrating his efficiency and scoring abilities early on in his career despite suffering a concussion in Week 2.
Unfortunately, the entire Colts roster has been plagued with injures to start the 2023 season. Indianapolis currently has nine players listed on this week's injury report, including star players such as linebacker Shaquille Leonard, defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, and offensive guard Quenton Nelson. Facing injuries early in the season will be a good test for this squad's second-string players to prove their worth to the team.
Injuries aside, the Colts find themselves on a seven-game home losing streak. Looking to break away from one of the lowest points in organization history, what do the Indianapolis Colts need to do to secure their third win of the year?
3. Colts need to give Anthony Richardson time to throw the ball
It's easier said than done, but the Colts will need to do a better job of protecting Anthony Richardson. While there have been injuries to nearly every starting lineman, Indianapolis has already seen Richardson under constant pressure early on in his career with the rookie taking six sacks so far.
Unfortunately, the offensive line has been battered by injuries to key starting players. Left tackle Bernhard Raimann has already been ruled out for this week's game, but starting center Ryan Kelly is set to return after missing last week due to a concussion.
Allowing Richardson to have time in the pocket will give the rookie an opportunity to focus on growing his pocket-passing abilities and field vision. Additionally, giving the quarterback time in turn gives the receivers time to create more separation in the open field. The Colts are clearly comfortable with Richardson throwing the ball downfield, as he threw six passes of 20+ yards last week against the Rams.