Monday night may very well be a changing of the guard in the AFC South, as the undefeated Tennessee Titans play host to the 3-3 Indianapolis Colts at LP Field. With a win the Colts will be a whopping four games back of the Titans with nine to play. If the Colts can upset the Titans, they will be back in striking distance of Tennessee, down two games for the division lead.
The Titans are 6-0 for a reason. They have pounded teams into submission all season, and really have played just two close games, opening day vs the Jags and three weeks ago in Baltimore. They are putting up 154.5 yards per game on the ground, and will once again look to Chris Johnson and LenDale White to punish the Colts run defense.
Kerry Collins has played well enough to keep Vince Young on the sidelines since week two. He has thrown for 863 yards and three TD’s with three picks. He hasn’t had to have many big games so far, and right now his role is not to make any critical mistakes that will put the Titans in a position to lose. So far, he’s done the job.
On the other side, it may be up to Peyton Manning to carry the Colts on his shoulders for a win against Tennessee. While he’s thrown for 1531 yards with 8 TD’s, he’s also thrown seven interceptions, and last week seemed more frustrated than ever as the Colts lost by 20 to the Packers on the road. Manning has to avoid pressure from the Titans and have a good game for the Colts to win – pure and simple.
The Colts defense is 16th in the league, and the Titans are well aware and want to run the ball and keep Manning and that offense off the field. Even though the Titans are 21st in offense, they have the ability if White and Johnson get going to keep teams off the field for an extended amount of time, and that is exactly the gameplan heading into this one.
This is going to be an emotional game for both teams. The Titans have not had a MNF home game since 2004, and the Colts have won 7 straight on Monday night going back to 2003. Look for a close game, but in the end, the Titans are the better team, and they will break that Colts MNF win streak and move to 7-0.