The Tennessee Titans are 5-1 after a close 28-26 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Titans offense started the day hot; a Chad Dess 3 yard dive started the scoring in the first quarter. Colts kicker Garrett Strange had an unfortunate doink from 49 yards, and Titans kicker Ilan Youngblood struck from 27 to bring the lead to 10-0. An old rival reared his head with a potent Aaron Shea to Mosi Bartos dart, but Titans rookie defensive lineman Glenn Thorpe got his big mitts on the extra point to add to Strange's tough day. A great punt from Scottie Ware pinned the Colts at the 2 yard line, and Thorpe broke through to sack Shea for a safety with 40 seconds left in the half. Another Youngblood field goal brought the score at halftime to 15-6.
Offensive Coordinator Scott Banks dialed up a beautiful opening drive to start the second half, culminated with an explosive 19 yard jet sweep touchdown for Percy Brown. Youngblood missed the extra point wide right and the Colts offense took the field with a vengeance. Shea threw a missile to Sean Waller's outstretched arms for a 38 yard touchdown, and Strange hit from 40 yards to bring it to a 1 score game. Titan's QB Thomas Wheeler threw a quick slant to Derek Blalock who took it 78 yards to the house, but the Colts charged back with a 7 minute drive ending with running back JB Blacknall's 2 yard touchdown run. Titan's bellcow running back Dess coughed up the ball with 4 minutes remaining but Thorpe was able to get through the Colts and sack Shea in the red zone. Colts coach John Harbaugh decided to go for the field goal in lieu of a 4th down conversion, and the Titans recovered the onside kick to end the game 28-26.
This was a monstrous game for the Titan's offense, with Wheeler cracking 400 passing yards and the team having over 150 rushing yards. Two receivers ended with over 100 yards, but the real star of the show was 2nd round pick Thorpe and the destruction he wrought. Thorpe was a menace all day long, bringing ferocious pressure and finishing with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and a safety.
"Game's slowing down for me. I lined up against great offensive linemen in college, but the pros is a different story. I was brought in to deliver and I've worked a lot with Coach (Carlton) Barnes and been getting chewed a bit by Coach (Jeff) Fisher in film sessions. But everything's getting easier, and I'm just happy to get the win. If I do my job, that makes it easier for all the other guys around me. It's a true team effort, great games from the linebackers and the DBs give me the time to get downhill and deliver."
The Titans face off against the Green Bay Packers next week in Wisconsin. Two of the most experienced quarterbacks in the league will be dueling in what's sure to be an exciting showdown.