Make it eleven.
The last eleven times that the Titans have faced the Colts, Indy has prevailed. Sunday was no different, as Andrew Luck made the plays down the stretch to move his team ahead of Tennessee in the AFC South, 24-17.
This team has so much potential, and let’s be honest, they have already exceeded the expectations that were put on them before the season started. But, when the team needed a first down late in the game, on 4th and 1, they came up short. The identity is Exotic Smashmouth. The only problem is the second half of that mantra didn’t show up when they needed it most.
Mularkey said a team with @Titans identity has to be able to get 4th and 1
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 20, 2016
Mariota shined in the second half, but a slow start and a 21 point deficit was too much to overcome. We’re not here talking about a turnover problem or questioning his skills. It just came down to not making enough plays to get the job done. Marcus knows it.
#Titans QB Marcus Mariota: “If we want to be where we want to be, we have to step up and make plays in certain situations.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) November 20, 2016
The plays that he did make, though, were what you want to see from a second year quarterback.
— A to Z Sports (@AtoZSports) November 20, 2016
Andrew Luck has never lost to the Titans in his career, and the Colts now hold the tiebreak over Tennessee with just five games to play.
Tennessee is not completely out of the playoff hunt, but it’s going to be extremely difficult to sneak in at this point, at 5-6. Oakland needs to beat the Texans on Monday night in Mexico, and Indianapolis needs to slip up in their next few games. The good news, four out of Indy’s next six games are against teams with winning records.
This team has gotten better throughout the season, but it doesn’t seem like they’re ready to take that next step. If they are, the Titans need to get on a hot streak to close out the season and pray for help in the division.