Week 2 matchups to watch
There are many intriguing games this weekend. The most-anticipated matchup is Sunday night's tilt between the Chargers and the Patriots in a rematch between two of the best teams in the league. As we get ready for all of the action, Gil Brandt takes a look at eight matchups worth watching in Week 2. Full story ...
While their offense was overwhelming opponents, the defense allowed a league-worst average of 173.0 rushing yards a game. That unit, however, turned things around in the playoffs, allowing 17 points or fewer in three of the Colts' four contests.
Indianapolis looked strong on both sides of the ball in last Thursday night's NFL opener, a 41-10 Colts win over New Orleans.
Manning completed 18 of 30 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, tossing two TDs to Reggie Wayne and another to Marvin Harrison. Joseph Addai, in his first career start, ran for 118 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as the offense gained 452 yards, most in the AFC during the opening week.
"It's one game, we have 15 more to play,'' linebacker Rob Morris said. "So let's not get too excited yet.
"You can get discouraged just as quick as you can get encouraged. We have the talent. Now the question is how consistent can we be, and that's what we have to work on.''
Chris Brown ran for a career-high 175 yards -- more than he had all last season -- on 19 carries as Tennessee answered any questions about whether it would miss Travis Henry. The veteran back, who ran for more than 1,200 yards last season, signed with Denver in the offseason.
The Titans held the ball for 36 minutes, 55 seconds, their longest time of possession since Oct. 11, 2004, when they had it for 38 minutes against Green Bay. They averaged an NFL-worst 27:17 in 2006.
"Our plan for the last couple of weeks was to establish the run because the run game was going to be the difference for our offense," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Last year we had four 200-yard rushing performances and it was nice to start right off the bat with another one."
"As we've shown, one way of effectively playing the Colts is keeping their offense off the field,'' Fisher said. "To do that, you have to hand the ball off.''
These teams split their two meetings last season, with each club winning at home.
Manning passed for 517 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions against the Titans last season. He has thrown for 1,057 yards, 12 TDs and no interceptions in his last four regular season games.
Tennessee's Vince Young was 15-of-25 for 163 yards with two TDs and two interceptions, and rushed for 78 yards on nine attempts in the Dec. 3 victory. On Sunday, Young was 11-of-18 for 78 yards with an interception and rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries.
The Colts have won the last four AFC South titles, but December's loss to Tennessee snapped a 12-game winning streak against division opponents.
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