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Week 13 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

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Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry was again the focal point of the Titans offense as he finished with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown--his third straight game with more than 145 rushing yards. The combination of a nice day from Henry along with excellent defense and special teams plays propelled the Titans to this victory. Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times and fumbled once, but he did make a few nice plays with two touchdown passes, one of which was a tremendous 40-yard deep ball to Kalif Raymond. A.J. Brown led the receivers with a mediocre 45 yards from three receptions. Adam Humphries had the other receiving touchdown.Titans cornerback Adoree Jackson suffered a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the second half.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett and the Colts played well at times but had too many negative plays including missed kicks. Brissett had a pair of ugly turnovers in the game but was also effective throwing downfield for much of the game without TY Hilton and Eric Ebron. The Colts should have scored significantly more points but failed to execute when it mattered most. Zach Pascal made a number of nice plays downfield and underneath. Jack Doyle also played very well outside of a drop. Johnathan Williams was benched in the second half and Jordan Wilkins handled the majority of the work with Nyheim Hines mixing in. The absence of Marlon Mack is proving to be a significant blow to the offense. The Colts miss Mack's consistency.

Tennessee Titans

QB Ryan Tannehill, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 22 - 182 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0
Tannehill had the benefit of a strong ground game again this week as he had a mistake-laden day with a few nice plays mixed in. Offensive line play was questionable as Tannehill ended up taking six sacks in this game, five of which came before halftime. While Tannehill was indeed holding on to the ball too long, the interior of his offensive line let him down on more than one occasion. Taking two sacks to close out halftime was rough though, as the Titans could have put up points before the half. He also coughed up a fumble on the third drive of the game, which was particularly costly coming off a Derrick Henry fumble earlier in the quarter. With those mistakes, however, also came some nice plays. On his second possession of the day, Tannehill led the team downfield 75 yards and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries. He made a couple of nice throws to A.J. Brown in the second half, but his highlight of the game was a tremendous pass to Kalif Raymond for a 40-yard touchdown. Tannehill had plenty of time and space to step into the throw, and he put it right on the money throwing across the field to hit Raymond in full stride just over the goal line for the score.

RB Derrick Henry, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 149 - 1, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
Derrick Henry had another massive day on the ground as he rushed for over 140 yards for the third straight week. The first play of the game could not have gone much worse for Henry though, as he was on his way to at least a 10-yard gain on a pitch to the left side when he had the ball punched out from behind resulting in a fumble. That would certainly be the low-light of his day though, as Henry came out on the next drive and ran five times, including a pair of eight-yard runs as he helped the Titans run down the field to their first touchdown. Henry would lead off the second quarter with three nice runs in sequential plays, including eight-yard run up the middle and a nine-yard pitch right where Henry showed great speed to find the edge. Henry kept it going after halftime as he busted a 34-yard run on hisw second carry of the half. It was a pitch play to the right side, giving Henry an extra few yards to build steam. That momentum came in handy as he basically ran right through a tackle about four yards past the line of scrimmage, which allowed him plenty of space to accelerate down the sideline before being caught by a defensive back. He would cap that drive off with a 13-yard touchdown run, coming off a nice jump-cut left before hitting his hole and stiff-arming a defender to help get him across the goal line.

WR A.J. Brown, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 45 - 0 (4 targets)
A.J. Brown finished as the top receiver for the Titans, tying for the team lead with just four targets. He had a nice contested catch across the middle for 11-yards on the second drive of the game. Brown would haul in another one in the third quarter for 16 yards. He then ran a nice out route for another 16-yard catch near the start of the fourth quarter. Brown’s only incompletion was a controversial one, as the play was challenged by the Colts with the thought that Brown caught the pass but fumbled. Ultimately, the call was upheld as an incomplete pass.

WR Adam Humphries, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 1 (2 targets)
The only reception for Adam Humphries came in the first quarter as he found the end zone from 13 yards out. He ran a nice out route to the left side of the field, coming back to a slightly underthrown ball to catch it around the six yard line. Humphries then turned upfield, made a spin move to evade a tackler and reached over the goal line as he stumbled the last couple of yards. He would be targeted just one other time on the day.

WR Kalif Raymond, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 40 - 1 (1 targets)
Kalif Raymond has only played five games with the Titans, but he has made a couple of big plays since joining the team, including his one catch this week that was a 40-yard touchdown bomb on a beautiful pass thrown from Tannehill. Raymond showed tremendous speed as he flat out sprinted past the defensive back and laid out in the end zone to haul in this reception. It was his first career touchdown reception.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 40 - 319 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Jacoby Brissett played well at times against the Titans but threw two ugly interceptions and struggled to get the Colts in the end zone. Brissett and the Colts moved down the field for an opening drive touchdown. Brissett connected with Jack Doyle 3 times on the drive including for a 21 yard touchdown. A great play design got him wide open for an easy throw and catch. The Colts next two possessions ended with missed field goal attempts from beyond 50 yards. Brissett moved the Colts into the red zone on an impressive drive starting from their own 10 yard line but a sack forced a 3rd field goal attempt of the half. Brissett and the Colts opened the second half with an impressive drive. Brissett found Pascal for gains of 19 and 26 to move the Colts into the red zone. Brissett converted a key 3rd down with a throw to Doyle before Nyheim Hines capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. Brissett's next pass was intercepted by Kevin Byard. Brissett threw off his back foot late over the middle and the pass sailed on him resulting in an easy interception for Byard. The Colts next two possessions resulted in only 1 first down. The Colts and Brissett found their rhythm and set up a 46 yard field with the game tied but the kick was blocked and returned for a touchdown. A few plays later Brissett overthrew Pascal down the seam and Logan Ryan made the interception. Trailing by 14 with 2 minutes left Brissett made one of his best throws of the game to Ross Travis for 25 yards but heh fumbled essentially ending the game.

RB Jordan Wilkins, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 47 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Jordan Wilkins handled the majority of the carries after Johnathan WIlliams' early struggles. Wilkins bounced a run to the outside for a 15 yard gain. Wilkins got a nice block from Pascal on the edge on the play. Wilkins dropped a check down from Brissett over the middle. Wilkins caught a pair of check downs from Brissett and totaled 9 yards. Wilkins picked up 11 yards on a toss play with Quenton Nelson pulling.

RB Jonathan Williams, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 14 - 0, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)
Jonathan Williams was benched in the second half due to his inefficiency running the ball. Williams seemed hesitant and looked to bounce runs to the outside instead of taking what the defense gave him.

RB Nyheim Hines, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 22 - 1, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (2 targets)
Nyheim Hines continues to play his role as a change of pace and pass catching back. Hines took a reverse from Johnathan Williams for a 14 yard gain showing off his quickness. Hines got consecutive carries inside the 5 yard line and scored a 1 yard touchdown on the second. Hines picked up 11 yards on a check down from Brissett.

WR Zach Pascal, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 109 - 0 (10 targets)
Zach Pascal was the Colts best offensive player. Pascal made plays downfield and underneath for nice chunks of yardage. Pascal came wide open on a number of occasions on what appeared to be blown coverage assignments. Pascal made a 7 yard catch running a quick out route. Pascal got wide open running a deep crossing route for a 20 yard gain. Pascal did a nice job of finding a void in the TItans defense over the middle for 19 yards. A few plays later Pascal made another strong catch over the middle this time for 26 yards. Pascal made an underneath catch and made a nice move for 12 yards. Pascal showed his pace and quickness taking another underneath pass for a 19 yard gain.

WR Marcus Johnson, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 55 - 0 (6 targets)
Marcus Johnson showed nice hands and route running ability against the Titans. Johnson ran a deep in breaking route for an 18 yard gain. Johnson caught an underneath pass and made a nice move after the catch to gain 19 yards. Johnson picked up 11 yards running a comeback route. Johnson gained 7 running a curl underneath, Johnson looked like the Colts second best wide receiver behind Pascal.

TE Jack Doyle, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 73 - 1 (11 targets)
Jack Doyle played well against the Titans apart from a drop. Doyle picked up 9 yards running a curl over the middle. Doyle made a 7 yard catch running the same route a few plays later. Doyle released downfield after pretending to run a crossing route and came wide open for a 21 yard touchdown. The play design was excellent and it worked perfectly. Doyle made a nice contested catch for 12 yards on 3rd and 10 running an out route. Doyle dropped a potential 6 yard catch underneath. Doyle showed off nice hands snagging a 17 yard gain on a corner route.