Posts tagged Kerry Collins
There is no more room for error. The Colts head into tonight’s game against the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans needing to win the remainder of their games to secure a playoff spot. That job did not get easier following the Cowboys game Sunday, as Bob Sanders and Jerraud Powers were both placed on the injured reserve.
The Titans are facing a great deal of adversity as well, with Kerry Collins now starting at quarterback. The games against the Titans are arguably the easiest games on the schedule. This win on the road makes or breaks the season. Believe in Blue! Go Colts!
Although Randy Moss is a surefire Hall of Fame wide receiver, he has had a terrible season to this point on two different teams, both with top 5 quarterbacks. Now he is in the AFC South, with the Titans who have an aging Kerry Collins and an unproven and inconsistent Vince Young who does his best work as a game manager. His presence should pay obvious immediate dividends for Chris Johnson. How will it affect the discipline the team has had to instill in Young? This post is for comments, thoughts, discussions between Colts fans on the Titans new receiver.
*For what it’s worth, I was never really that scared of Randy Moss when he was with the Patriots. I knew that he was a deep threat, and a match-up nightmare for single coverage but otherwise, I feared Wes Welker a lot more than Moss. The Titans do not have a Wes Welker. Maybe I’m foolish, but the move does not really worry me. Titans fans, though, generally seem to think this move will allow them to beat the Colts and Texans, win the AFC South, and play for a Super Bowl title. What are your thoughts?
2009 Game Recap – Week 5: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
To help pass time this off-season, I’ve reviewed the Colts’ regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occured to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I’ll be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colt fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we re-live the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Setting The Stage
- The Colts come into the week 5 Sunday night game at 4-0 — leading the AFC South. Kerry Collins and Chris Johnson lead the Titans who have struggled early and sit at 0-4. Charlie Johnson is out, so Tony Ugoh gets the start and will line up against Tennessee’s Kyle Vanden Bosch. With Chad Simpson hurting, T.J. Rushing will handle kickoff and punt returns. Gary Brackett returns after missing two games, but Kelvin Hayden is sitting out another game. Peyton Manning is enjoying his best start ever as an NFL QB; 97 completions for a 70.8% completion percentage and 1,336 yards, in the first four games of a season. All are career highs. During his last three road games, his passer rating has been 140.7 (Jaguars), 133.9 (Dolphins), and 130.5 (Cardinals). He’s the only player in NFL history to earn a rating of 130+ in 3 consecutive road games (15 passes min). This is the first Colts/Titans game since the departure of Albert Haynesworth.
- The Field: LP Field, near the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee, is an open-air stadium. It’s a clear night with temps in the mid-fifties.
- The Crowd: Those wacky Titan fans. If I didn’t know better, I’d think they didn’t like us much. Actually, they don’t seem to like their own team much either. By the 3rd quarter, they’re chanting ‘We want Vince!’ They get him half-way through the 4th with the game out of hand and he throws 2 near-interceptions on his first series.
Titans’ Second-Year Receiver Britt Struggling
The Tennessee Titans shocked many NFL pundits last season after they failed to follow-up a very strong 2008 season. While many suggested that the Titans were still the team to beat and thought they had a good shot of representing the AFC in the Super Bowl, Tennessee would win only half of their games and rely on the legs of Chris Johnson for a majority of their offensive power.
To make matters worse, Vince Young was unable to prove real improvement and Kerry Collins failed to maintain his impressive 2008 form. Since Derrick Mason left the club in 2005, the franchise has struggled to find a legitimate first receiver for any of their quarterbacks to throw the ball. They hoped that all changed when they drafted Kenny Britt out of Rutgers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
While early indications pointed to a positive future, as Britt caught 42 passes for 701 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, this off-season has given the Titans a reason to be concerned.