Fresh off an exhilarating comeback win in Week 2, the Tennessee Titans will face off against the division rival Indianapolis Colts this weekend. There are a handful of in-game matchups that will mean the most as the Titans try to send Indy to 0-3.
A.J. Brown vs. Colts Secondary
The Titans star wide receiver had one of his worst games as a pro last Sunday against the Seahawks. He even joked about it on Twitter after the team escaped with a comeback win. The past is the past, though, and Brown has shown he can bounce back.
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He’ll have an interesting test against the Indianapolis defense. Coming into the season, many expected DC Matt Eberflus’ unit to be a very strong one, but it has shown some cracks so far. They are middle of the pack in pass defense, allowing 255.5 yards per game through the air. Brown could see a lot of Colts CB Rock Ya-Sin on Sunday. Ya-sin has shown flashes of great play but remains inconsistent. #11 must take advantage of the matchup in order for the Titans’ offense to stay on schedule.
Titans Linebackers vs. Colts Running Backs
The Colts possess a very solid running back duo in Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Both are threats in the passing game as well, especially Hines.
The linebackers for the Titans will have to close quickly on run plays and make clean tackles. Broken tackles would certainly spell trouble for the defense and kill any momentum. David Long Jr. played an impressive game last week against Seattle and deserves every opportunity possible against Indianapolis. He could be the X-factor for a Titans win.
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Titans D in nickel against 11 for SEA. They try to use a Titans move and use a WR as a TE, but physicality advantage Tennessee.
Tart and Jeff win their matchup and David Long w/ great read & react to shoot past the TE and fill the gap! pic.twitter.com/xZQuUxttel
— TicTacTitans (@TicTacTitans) September 21, 2021
Jeffery Simmons vs. Colts Interior Offensive Line
This matchup is truly iron on iron. One of the best young defensive linemen up against one of the most polished interior offensive line units in the NFL. If Simmons can come through, especially in the pass rush, it will make a huge difference for the defense.
Denico Autry says he likes the front four a lot. Feels they work really good together. Likes working with Jeffery Simmons and the rest of the guys. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) September 22, 2021
Not to mention, Jacob Eason could start at quarterback for the Colts. Rattling the inexperienced QB early would be massive. If it is somehow Carson Wentz as the starter, pressuring him will be high on the defense’s priorities due to his lack of mobility right now.
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