How sweet it is!
In an unpredictable game which featured Kerry Collins’ passing, Indianapolis’ successful rushing offense, two Chris Hope interceptions and two questionable decisions by Colts head coach Tony Dungy, the Titans came from behind in the second half to defeat Indianapolis 31-21.
Tennessee is now 7-0 and has undoubtedly earned the respect of NFL fans around the world.
Story of the Game: What was Coach Dungy thinking?
There was no better indication of the importance of this game than Coach Dungy’s curious decision to go for it on fourth down on two consecutive possessions. The Titans championship defense stopped both attempts.
What made the defense’s effort even more impressive is that, overall, Indianapolis seemed to rediscover its offense. The Colts offensive line was superb. It helped Dominic Rhodes and Chad Simpson gashed the Titans for 93 yards rushing and did not allow Peyton Manning to be sacked. Manning passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Of course, Manning’s two interceptions to Chris Hope kept the Colts from winning.
The Other Story of the Game: Titans rally behind Collins arm
Titans offensive Mike Heimerdinger wrote a new script for this game. The Titans repeatedly passed the ball on first down, indicating that the coaching staff expected Kerry Collins to win this game.
Collins responded with his best game of the season. He completed 24 passes on 37 attempts for 193 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
After the Titans went down 14-6 in the third quarter, Collins began throwing downfield. LenDale White finished a 80-yard drive with a touchdown plunge, and coach Jeff Fisher called for a two-point conversion, which was successful after Collins hit fullback Ahmard Hall with a short pass. He had a bit of luck as a couple of near-interceptions were dropped by Colts defenders.
Next Week: Green Bay Packers
The Packers visit Nashville on Sunday. ESPN’s Tom Jackson has said on several occasions that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing MVP football. Jackson has also said this about Albert Haynesworth. Hopefully Big Al will introduce himself to Rodgers several times during the game.
7-0 is unprecedented for this franchise. 8-0 is scary. Is it too soon to start talking about a Super Bowl appearance? Probably, but it’s not too soon to speak of the Titans as the likely champions of the AFC Central.
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