Grading the Titans’ 20-16 victory against the Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium:
Rushing offense: C-
The Titans had three rushing yards on 13 carries through three quarters. But Derrick Henry took over, rushing for all of his 79 yards on 10 carries in the fourth. He had been held to zero yards on three rushes before that. DeMarco Murray scored the go-ahead touchdown from one yard out with about six minutes to play. Murray finished with nine rushing yards on 12 carries, his least productive game since joining the Titans before the start of last season. That may sound familiar. It was true after the last game, when he managed 10 yards on eight carries in a loss to Pittsburgh. The Titans finished with 92 rushing yards on 28 carries against the Colts.
Passing offense: D
Marcus Mariota struggled for a second consecutive game, completing 17 of 25 pass attempts for 184 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions and a 69.4 passer rating. The two picks give him six over the last two games and a career-high 12 this season. Mariota said they were simply poor throws. The first intercepted pass was low and behind Harry Douglas. The second sailed over Taywan Taylor, who fell on his route, but wouldn’t have been able to make the catch anyway. Delanie Walker caught his first touchdown of the season, a two-yard score after the Colts turned the ball over inside their own 5. Walker led the team with four catches for 63 yards.
Rushing defense: B
Frank Gore rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, scoring on a 14-yard run inside the final minute of the first half. Marlon Mack had just 11 yards on four carries and dropped a pitch inside his own 5-yard line late in the third quarter. Kevin Byard hopped on the loose ball to record his eighth turnover of the season and set up Walker for the quick touchdown. Jacoby Brissett scrambled three times for 16 yards. The Colts finished with 89 rushing yards on 24 carries.
Passing defense: A
The Titans racked up a season-high eight sacks on Brissett, six coming in the first half, and recorded 12 quarterback hits. They had 17 sacks in the first 10 games this season. DaQuan Jones had two sacks. Brian Orakpo added 1½. Brissett completed just 17 of 29 pass attempts for 196 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 79.1 passer rating. Tight end Jack Doyle continues to vex the Titans, catching seven of eight targets for 94 yards. T.Y. Hilton was held to just two catches for 15 yards.
Special teams: B
Ryan Succop hit both of his field goal attempts, from 29 and 45 yards. Adoree’ Jackson had just one kickoff return for 15 yards, and wisely remained in the end zone for a touchback, rather than attempting to advance the ball on one kickoff in the second half. Jackson had seven yards on one punt return and had a fair catch on another. Brett Kern dropped one of his three punts inside the 20-yard line, and had a long punt of 58 yards.
The running game wasn’t working, but the Titans remained patient and, fueled at least in part by offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie’s fire and brimstone speech at halftime, finally found success in the fourth quarter. Mike Mularkey lost his first challenge of the season when Donte Moncrief caught a 17-yard pass at the Titans’ 8-yard line. The play set up a field goal.
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