Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 9/28/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Colts 41, Titans 17
September 28, 2014
In the midst of the Week 4 Sunday action, we had an important matchup between the Titans and the Colts. Tennessee was out to make a statement after getting crushed by the Bengals in Week 3, while Indianapolis was riding high off a big win over the Jaguars.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look forward to Week 5 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Colts jumped out early in this one and looked like they would dominate the game. For the most part, that’s exactly what happened. There was a Trent Richardson sighting early on, as he got the scoring started with a 1-yard TD run midway through the first quarter. Late in the period, Dwayne Allen made it 14-0 with a 7-yard scoring reception from an Andrew Luck pass.
In the second, Indy jumped out to a 17-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal. Ryan Succop was able to respond with one of his own, but the Colts returned the favor to make it 20-3 late in the half. Tennessee showed some late life on a 7-yard Charlie Whitehurst pass to Delanie Walker, putting them in striking distance at 10-20 when the teams hit the locker room.
In the third, the Colts turned it on again, posting a 28-yard Reggie Wayne TD and a 2-yard Coby Fleener TD, giving the team a 34-10 edge as the game careened into blowout status. The Titans got it going on their last drive of the third, ending in a Bishop Sankey score from short yardage. As the quarter ended, it was 17-34 in favor of the Colts.
Ahmad Bradshaw must have said, “What about me?” on the sideline, because he was featured near the end of the Colts’ first fourth-quarter drive on a nifty 15-yard catch-and-run TD. That made it 41-17 Indianapolis, and from then it was a matter of clock-chewing until the final horn sounded. From wire to wire, it was a dominant showing from the home team.
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The Stars: The rush game was kind of an afterthought in this one, but who cares when you’re doing so well at passing? Luck managed 393 yards and four touchdowns in this one, his lone blemish being an interception. Richardson was the bell cow here, with 20 carries for 47 yards and a score alongside four grabs for 52 yards.
Reggie Wayne also posted 119 yards and a score of his own, in the process becoming No. 10 on the all-time receiving yards list. Congrats to him.
The Goats: There’s not much to get excited about on the other sideline. There was no running game for Tennessee, either, but only because they were trailing the whole time. Whitehurst led the team in rush yardage with 40 if that tells you anything.
The titans were 1-for-9 on third downs, running a paltry 47 plays to 82 of the Colts’. The time of possession also tells the story here: Tennessee 17:39; Indianapolis 42:21. It was simply a front-to-back beatdown.
Injuries: Even if Jake Locker had been in there, you’ve got to wonder if things would have been any different. Otherwise, both sides seemed to get out of this one pretty cleanly.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, the Colts have another home game in store. They’ll host the Ravens (Sunday, October 5; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Titans will have a home game as well. They’ll welcome the Browns to town (Sunday, October 5; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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