Indianapolis Colts: Defensive Adjustments Key In Victory Over Tennessee Titans

By Eric Smith

If you judge the game by the first half, then you would think the Indianapolis Colts would have been blown out. They gave Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans two first quarter touchdowns on their first two possessions; most would have counted the Colts out there. They couldn’t get off the field on third downs, and seemed to be out of position on nearly every play.

With tonight combined to the last two prior games, Indianapolis trailed 63-3 in the first quarter combined. That alone was demoralizing.

However, the adjustments the team made midway through the first quarter through the rest of the game led this team to victory. Indianapolis trailed 17-3 with just over two minutes to go in the first half, but only gave up 10 total points the rest of the game, including a garbage time touchdown near the end.

Johnson had 80 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and finished with only six total yards in the second half. Indianapolis held Tennessee to below 50 yards in the final half of play, and got tons of pressure on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, which keyed this team to their seventh win of the season.

If the defense can get healthy and play like this the rest of the season, they are primed for playoff football. They ran the ball much better tonight, scoring three times on the ground and playing great second half defense. Those two combinations normally equate to success in the post season, which could lead this team to a deep run.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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