Coaches and quarterbacks change for the Indianapolis Colts. What stays the identical is that they maintain beating Tennessee Titans in its personal constructing.
Philip Rivers threw for 308 yards and a landing, and Nyheim Hines scored twice because the Colts trounced the Titans 34-17 Thursday evening to seize the head-to-head edge atop the AFC South.
The Colts (6-3) will host the rematch in Indianapolis on Nov. 29 after serving to coach Frank Reich enhance to 4-1 towards Titans coach Mike Vrabel. Indianapolis is 14-5 at Nissan Stadium.
“We get an enormous particular groups landing after which offensively, shoot, we have been rolling fairly good all day,” mentioned Rivers, in his first season with the Colts after spending 16 with the Chargers. “We have been very balanced, sort of received in a rhythm with the no-huddle. This was an enormous street division win.”
Indianapolis got here in with the NFL’s finest protection by way of fewest yards allowed. The Colts smothered a Tennessee offense that had been averaging 384.6 yards per sport, 10th-best within the league, and ranked seventh averaging 29 factors. E.J. Pace additionally blocked a punt that T.J. Carrie returned 6 yards for a TD late within the third quarter.
The Colts outgained Tennessee 430-294, although Derrick Henry ran for 103 yards.
The Titans (6-3) misplaced for the third time in 4 video games as they head into the hardest stretch of their season, with Indianapolis the primary of 4 straight opponents at present with successful information.
Tennessee led 17-13 at halftime. Indianapolis took benefit of the Titans’ particular groups woes to attain twice within the third quarter for a 27-17 lead.
The Titans went with a 3rd completely different punter in three video games, selling Trevor Daniel after signing him to the apply squad final weekend. Daniel’s first punt went 17 yards, and Hines scored four plays later on a 2-yard TD run. The Titans gave Daniel no assistance on his second, with Pace simply breaking by for the block.
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Stephen Gostkowski then missed a 44-yard discipline purpose large proper early within the fourth.
“We’re going to have to guage all the things that we do,” Vrabel mentioned.
The Colts padded their result in 34-17 with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett capping the next drive with a 2-yard TD run with 9:21 left.
“We completed the best way we would have liked to complete,” Reich mentioned.
Carry within the QB sneak specialist.
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Indianapolis’ remaining margin would’ve been bigger, however the Colts settled for a 43-yard discipline purpose on the finish of the primary half and the Titans pressured a turnover on downs on Indianapolis’ opening drive of the third.
RIVERS PASSES MARINO
Rivers got here in needing solely Four yards passing to maneuver by Corridor of Famer Dan Marino for the fifth-most in NFL historical past. He handed Marino on the Colts’ first play from scrimmage with an 11-yard go to rookie Jonathan Taylor. Rivers now has 61,666 yards for his profession. He additionally made his 233rd consecutive begin and is one away from tying Eli Manning for the 10th-longest streak in league historical past.
The Colts used a number of no-huddle to place Rivers accountable for the offense and reap the benefits of a struggling Titans protection.
“He’s simply actually good in that mode,” Reich mentioned. “Very correct, good checks within the run sport, he was actually in it tonight.”
Hines completed with 12 carries for 70 yards and a TD, and caught 5 passes for 45 extra yards and one other TD. He referred to as this his finest birthday ever.
“I’ve by no means had a sport like this on my birthday, so my 24th birthday goes to be one I’m all the time going to recollect,” Hines mentioned. “I knew one factor: I didn’t need to accept common, I needed to play nice. ”
Titans large receiver Corey Davis performed a day after his older brother, Titus, died at age 27 from a uncommon type of kidney most cancers. Davis didn’t apply Wednesday hours after his brother died. He was crying before kickoff, then completed with a team-high 5 catches for 67 yards.
Corey Davis misplaced his brother yesterday who was battling most cancers. Davis was emotional on the sidelines earlier than popping out and beginning for the @Titans tonight 🙏 pic.twitter.com/7Ibu4cQMNx
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Davis’ brother advised their sister the receiver ought to play regardless, and Davis mentioned he felt his brother with him within the sport.
“Since I used to be just a little child, I used to be all the time chasing after him and making an attempt to be like him,” Davis mentioned. “I wore his quantity yearly to repeat him. He thought it was annoying, however I regarded as much as him tremendously. That was my idol, my hero. I attempted to honor him tonight.”
Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes went down on the second play from scrimmage. He walked off on his personal and was again earlier than the primary quarter ended. Reich mentioned cornerback Kenny Moore II could have an MRI on his ribs Friday.
Tennessee middle Ben Jones damage a knee however returned. Titans left guard Rodger Saffold limped to the sideline late within the second quarter with an injured ankle, however he additionally returned. Defensive lineman Larrell Murchison damage his again.