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Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans Preview and Predictions 09-15-2019

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The Tennessee Titans authored one of the more impressive Week 1 victories and will try to start 2-0 for the first time in 11 years when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Behind a defense that forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks, the Titans rolled to a 43-13 victory at Cleveland, a popular preseason pick that was favored by nearly a touchdown over Tennessee.

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Marcus Mariota threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns -- two to tight end Delanie Walker -- as the Titans stunned a legion of Browns fans itching to see their team live up to its hype. "It's really all about us," Mariota told reporters after the win. "All the outside noise, all those things that people say you can't control. We don't focus on that at all. It was a great team win." The Colts won both meetings with the Titans a year ago by an average of 22 points, but they'll come in as slight underdogs after dropping a 30-24 decision in overtime at the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Marlon Mack was the star for Indianapolis with 174 rushing yards and a touchdown.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Titans -3. O/U: 44.5

ABOUT THE COLTS (0-1): Jacoby Brissett made his first start since 2017 in last Sunday's loss to the Chargers and performed admirably, completing 21-of-27 passes for 190 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. "He made good decisions, he was accurate and he made those decisions quick," offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told the media. "He had to because they had good edge rushers on the edge coming after him. So I can't say enough of how poised he was in those situations. He played like a veteran. He played like he had played for 10 years." T.Y. Hilton, who had 155 receiving yards and two TDs in the one of the meetings with the Titans in 2018, hauled in eight catches for 87 yards and two scores in Week 1.

ABOUT THE TITANS (1-0): Defensive end Cameron Wake had 2.5 sacks -- one for a safety -- at Cleveland and the 37-year-old was awarded AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, which included his 100th career sack. Rookie wideout A.J. Brown stood out on the offensive end with three catches for 100 yards, while running back Derrick Henry had a 75-yard TD catch and 84 yards and a score on the ground. Mariota sat out one meeting with the Colts last year and threw for a season-low 85 yards in the other encounter, a 38-10 loss at Indianapolis.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Titans will retire Steve McNair's No. 9 and Eddie George's No. 27 in a halftime ceremony Sunday.

2. Mack ran for 119 yards and a TD in the most recent game with Tennessee, a 33-17 victory in Nashville, Tenn.

3. Indianapolis has won 18 of the last 21 meetings.

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Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans

  • Derick Roberson

    Illness
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Roberson has missed the past three games with an illness and a knee injury. It is unclear if he will make his season debut Week 5 against the Bills.

  • DaQuan Jones

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Kamalei Correa

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Correa has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Chris Jackson

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Jackson was held out of the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part Week 5 versus the Bills.

  • Taylor Lewan

    Shoulder
    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Lewan exited the previous game due to a left shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Bills in Week 5.

  • Beau Brinkley

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brinkley has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • A.J. Brown

    Knee
    Prob Week 5 | probable

    Brown has sat out the previous two games with a bone bruise in his knee, but it is likely that he will return against the Bills in Week 5.

  • Senorise Perry

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Perry has been assigned to the injured reserve list with an undetermined ailment, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Michael Pittman Jr.

    Calf
    Early Nov | out

    Pittman Jr. had surgery to repair compartment leg syndrome in his calf and is likely to be out of action until at least Week 8 against the Lions.

  • Rock Ya-Sin

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ya-Sin has been absent from the last two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if the symptoms will subside in time for Sunday's tilt against the Bears.

  • Nyheim Hines

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hines is managing a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against the Bears on Sunday.

  • Dezmon Patmon

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Patmon has sat the past three games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Bears.

  • Matthew Adams

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Adams has been ticketed for the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Jack Doyle

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Doyle missed the last game with injuries to his ankle and knee. It is projected that he will be active Sunday against the Jets.

  • Xavier Rhodes

    Leg
    Prob Sun | probable

    Rhodes was lifted from the last game due to a leg injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Jets.

  • DeForest Buckner

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Buckner is managing a back injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Jets on Sunday.