The Marcus Mariota ultimatum: What should the Tennessee Titans do?

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2019

And the play that might typify just how much Reich has bought into the run-first approach came on Jacoby Brissett's quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Colts 35-yard line with 2:23 left and Indy clinging to a two-point lead. He's third in touchdown passes. The Colts secondary was the talk of the game with not allowing 40 yards or more to a single player on the Titans team. Darius Leonard got a sack, and Denico Autry had 2 sacks on big plays for the Colts.

The Titans suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 19-17 to the Colts - the 14th time the Colts had beaten the Titans in the past 16 matches.

After dealing with a lingering groin injury last season, Vinatieri missed part of training camp and the preseason with knee tendinitis - an injury neither Reich nor Vinatieri have used to explain the errant kicks. The Titans did a solid job against Cleveland's talented receivers last week, and they also picked off three passes. Meanwhile, Derrick Henry ran for better than five yards per carry Sunday, but only got 15 carries because the Colts continued to stack the box against the run. Kenny Vaccaro leads the Tennessee Titans with eight tackles, Logan Ryan has 1.5 sacks and Kevin Byard has one interception.

A short pass to Delanie Walker and a scramble by Marcus Mariota to midfield had the Titans within striking distance of setting up Cairo Santos, who earlier missed a 45-yard field goal, for a shot at redemption.

The Colts were expected to contend for an AFC South title this season, but the door seems wide open for the Titans to take control of the division now. While the Titans offense was rolling, the defense dominated, picking off former No.1-overall pick Baker Mayfield three times and holding the Browns to a 1-for-10 conversion rate on third downs.

The Indianapolis Colts are 5-5-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog.

It was not the only pre-game show that went wrong this weekend. The Titans are well coached, physical defensively and have an offense that can do some things as long as Mariota stays upright.

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