The Indianapolis Colts barely squeaked out a win in their Week 5 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, while the Tennessee Titans dropped their Week 5 affair against the Dolphins with Matt Cassel at the helm. Will Marcus Mariota’s return help get this team back into the win column? With the help of Remarkable! let’s take a look at the AFC South rivalry.
Jacoby Brissett and T.Y. Hilton were key factors in the overtime victory against the 49ers. Brissett has averaged 12.9 Yards per Completion (997 yards/77 completions) this season, second best among QBs (League Avg. 11.2). Hilton has:
- Averaged 19.4 Yards per Reception (466 yards/24 catches) this season (2nd best of 74 Qualified WRs in NFL; League Avg: 12.5)
- Gained 20+ yards on 8 of his 24 receptions (33.3%) this season (tied for 5th best of 67 Qualified WRs in NFL; League Avg: 15.7%)
- Averaged 93.2 Receiving Yards per game (466/5) this season (3rd best of 73 Qualified WRs in NFL; League Avg: 33.3)
While Frank Gore is the known running back in Indianapolis, rookie Marlon Mack burst onto the scene last week. 91 of his 112 career yards came against the 49ers in Week 5. He only had nine attempts in that game, but that number could rise today.
On defense, the Colts need to tighten up. They have allowed 8.3 yards from scrimmage per touch (2,057 yards/247 touches) this season, fourth worst in the NFL (League Avg: 7.3). In the second half, the Colts have allowed 16.0 points per game (80/5), worst in the NFL (League Avg: 10.8).
With Mariota back on the field Monday night, here’s what the Titans gain. Mariota has:
- No turnovers (0.0 turnover pct on 84 opportunities) at home this season (tied for best among QBs in NFL).
- A passer rating of 121.0 on plays to the left side (99 Pass Attempts) since the start of the 2016 season (2nd best of 32 Qualified QBs in NFL; League Avg: 93.0).
- Not been sacked (24 pass attempts) on plays in the red zone since week 11 of last season (best of 33 Qualified QBs in NFL; League Avg: 18.7).
DeMarco Murray is the running back threat for the Titans and he’s done exceptional on first down. Murray has averaged 6.4 yards from scrimmage per touch (223 yards/35 touches) on first down this season, second best among RBs (League Avg: 4.6).
The receiving options for Titans QBs have been less than stellar this year, but the best they have is Delanie Walker. Walker, the tight end, has averaged 3.2 first down receptions per game (16/5) this season, fourth best among TEs (League Avg: 1.1). Despite being the top wide receiver, Rishard Matthews has struggled in Tennessee. Matthews has been targeted 38 times, but only has 20 receptions. He has one touchdown on those 20 receptions, 27th worst among WRs.
Defensively, the Titans have struggled. They’ve allowed 25.6 points per game (128 points/5 games) to opposing offenses this season, second worst in the NFL (League Avg: 20.5). When games are coming down to the wire, the defense struggles even more. The defense has allowed first down on 42.1 percent of plays in close and late situations this season, worst in the NFL (League Avg: 27.9 percent).
Will either defense step up in this battle of AFC South rivals? Tune in to find out!
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