Fresh off perhaps their best first half of the season against the Packers, the Titans turned in one of their worse first half performances. Seemingly seconds into the game, the Titans found themselves down 21-0.
Andrew Luck started hot, hitting Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton for scores. Frank Gore was an issue early, getting loose in the passing game.
The Titans offense struggled early, but finally put something together before halftime. Marcus Mariota rallied the troops and was able to hit DeMarco Murray for a score in the middle of the endzone.
After a dominating first half, the Titans found themselves down just 14 points.
Dick LeBeau was able to reign in the defense at halftime, while Mariota kept plugging away. The Titans kept up the trend of attacking deep, finally hitting Sharpe down the field for a long score. The rookie burned Vontae Davis to bring the Titans to within a score.
After trading field goals, Brice McCain came up with a huge pick manned up against T.Y. Hilton. Marcus Mariota and the Titans had five minutes to put something together.
The Titans were able to get the ball down to the Colts 20, but were faced with a 4th and 1 for the second time of the drive. This time the Colts stuffed DeMarco Murray short of the first down line.
Indianapolis converted a key 3rd and 5, as Andrew Luck escaped pressure on last time. He hit Hilton for the first, salting away the game once again against the Titans.
That’s 11 in a row for the Colts over the Titans. Tennessee has still never once beaten Andrew Luck. Until they figure him out, you’re probably not winning this division.
In the end, a poor start ended the Titans chances today. You can’t spot a team 21 points on the road. They did good just to contend for this one. The Titans move to 5-6, losing ground to the 6-3 Texans.