The Tennessee Titans pulled off a huge win this week in one of the best matchups of Week 8. Monday Night Football pitted the undefeated Titans against the top dog of the AFC South for the past five years. Even though Tennessee is undefeated, they still are not being considered as the best mainly because they have not had tough competition this season. Indianapolis was the first real challenge for the Titans as they traveled to LP Field in Nashville.
The Titans struggle was very noticeable as the Colt’s defense would not allow Tennessee to add many points to the board. The Titans went into this game planning to do what has kept them undefeated so far this season-run the ball. And this week it seemed like this would be an easy task as the Colts defense has been known to give up many rushing yards. The Titans could not seem to get their running game working, which really made it hard to get into an offensive rhythm. The first half of the game was a battle of both defenses limiting the opponent’s offensive drives. The Colts were considered to be weak on defense coming into the game, but they exceeded the expectations, and put up a strong fight…until halftime.
When the Colts came out at halftime, they already had a one point lead. On their opening drive of the second half, Peyton Manning led his offense to another Touchdown. The fans in Nashville were silent as the undefeated streak appeared to be in jeopardy. However, this silence was short-lived, as the next drive the Titans scored after a long 80 yard drive for a TD and a 2 point conversion which tied the game.
The rest of the game was pretty one-sided. Tennessee kept marching down the field and adding points, while the defense stopped the Colts from putting points on the board. It was an all around great effort by both sides of the Titans team during the second half. There was one note worthy play by the Titans defense that saved this game from being a victory for the Colts. On Indianapolis’ drive after the Titans tied the game, the Colts decided to try for the first down on a 4th and 1. Titans Linebacker Stephen Tulloch broke through the Colt’s offensive line for a huge tackle which stopped the drive and gave the ball to the Titans with good field position. The reason this play was so crucial, is because it stopped the Colts dominating momentum that they had achieved throughout the first half. The Titans would go on from this play to score 17 unanswered points.
The Titans first offensive drive in the second half and their huge stop on 4th and 1 were two of many big plays in this game. There were so many plays that, had they gone differently, would have changed the outcome of the game. The matchup was arguably the best of the week. Anyone who still doubts the Titan’s talent should look to this game as a prime example of what Tennessee is capable of. The final score was 31-21 as the Titans stay undefeated and move to 7-0! Next week the Titans play the Packers in what should be another very challenging game..