Titans, Colts square off, hoping to catch Texans

After falling out of a first-place tie in the AFC South last week with a Thursday night loss at Houston, the Indianapolis Colts will try to accomplish two objectives with a Sunday win against the Titans: Stay in the hunt, and keep Tennessee from drawing closer to the front-running Texans.At 6-5, Indianapolis is even with the Titans in the division, one game behind Houston. With the Texans hosting 10-1 New England on Sunday night, the odds are decent that the winner of this game could be tied for first place with four games left.That would be an interesting proposition for both teams, but particularly so for Tennessee. The Titans play Houston twice in the season’s final three weeks. But Titans coach Mike Vrabel isn’t terribly concerned with the future, only with cracking the Colts’ code.Indianapolis has beaten Tennessee in 14 of the teams’ past 16 matchups, including a 19-17 victory in Week 2 at Nashville.”I don’t think whatever we have done against them before I was here or while I have been here is going to have much bearing on the game on Sunday,” Vrabel said. “The focus is going to be on this Colts team, our team here trying to go on the road against a division opponent. And the chance to get to 7-5 is the most important thing.”Tennessee routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-20 last week, blowing open a 7-3 game by scoring four touchdowns in six snaps in the third quarter. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more, playing to a 155.8 passer rating.Tannehill has pumped up the Titans’ attack since taking over for Marcus Mariota after a Week 6 loss in Denver. Tennessee has averaged 29.4 points per game with Tannehill at the controls.”Guys made plays for him (on Sunday),” Vrabel said of Tannehill’s performance. “We ran the football, and the quarterback was decisive.”

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