INDIANAPOLIS – As if playing the AFC South wasn’t enough for Colts fans’ confidence, there was the recent history of their opponent.
The Tennessee Titans have had a rough go of it when they’ve faced their division rival over the past couple of years–especially when they meet in Indianapolis. Not since the 2007 season–when the Colts benched most of their starters for the final game–have they picked up a win in the Circle City.
In fact, the Titans are 0-6 inside Lucas Oil Stadium and have only beaten the Colts in Tennessee twice in that same time period.
Recent history continued on Sunday afternoon as the Colts beat the Titans 41-17.
With the victory the Colts improve to 2-2 on the season and will host the Ravens next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Andrew Luck delivered another impressive performance, hitting 29-of-41 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
Indianapolis was the beneficiary of an early Tennessee turnover when Kendall Wright lost the ball when he hit the ground. Since the Colts didn’t touch him, it was ruled a fumble and the Colts recovered. Two plays later the Colts were in the endzone thanks to a 37-yard completion from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton and then a touchdown run by Trent Richardson to make it 7-0.
An aggressive Chuck Pagano then opted to go onside for the Colts’ next kickoff and Pat McAfee’s kick was recovered by Griff Whalen. Luck moved the Colts down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen to make it 14-0.
The Colts continued to produce turnovers in the second as Mike Adams caught a deflected Charlie Whitehurst pass for the interception. Unlike the previous two drives the Colts couldn’t get it to the endzone, but their 60-yard drive set up Adam Vinatieri for a 31-yard field goal to make it 17-0.
Whitehurst and the Tennessee offense got on the board midway through the second quarter as they used a 34-yard catch by Delanie Walker to set up a 36-yard filed goal from Ryan Succop to make it 17-3. The Colts responded with one of their own on the following series as Vinatieri knocked down a 30-yard field goal to boost the lead back up to 14.
With just over a minute left before halftime, the Colts made their biggest mistake of the half as Luck misread the Tennessee coverage and threw an interception right to Wesley Woodyard at the Indianapolis 25-yard line. Walker caught a touchdown in the back of the endzone a few plays later to cut the Colts lead to 20-10.
That bad taste left by the finish to the half was eliminated on the next drive by Wayne, who caught a 21-yard pass to set up his first score of the season. On a fade pattern, Wayne spun around to make a catch on Titans defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson for the touchdown to make it 27-10.
Later in the third the Colts opened up the game on a 70-yard drive which was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Luck to Coby Fleener to make it 34-10. Tennessee responded in kind with an 80-yard drive of their own, scoring on a two-yard run by Bishop Sankey.
Despite having to get his ankle taped, Ahmad Bradshaw came up with yet another touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. He took a swing pass from Luck, made a move and then pushed through a defender for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 41-17.