Colts Fall Further Behind In Division

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The Titans are undefeated and that's bad news for the Colts. Normally, they are the team with a 7-0 record. They are used to winning the division and not really having that much competition. Peyton Manning threw two interceptions in the game on Monday. Safety Chris Hope of the Titans caught two of Peyton's interceptions.

The Titans like being overlooked. People constantly talk about the Patriots and Colts being the stellar teams of the AFC. Many people are not impressed as Tennessee is the only undefeated team remaining and seems to be the best team. Make it so bad they are undefeated without Vince Young. Don't call the Tennessee Titans the NFL's best team just yet.

They like being the only undefeated team in the NFL. They also like beating a division rival and making their biggest threat fall further behind in the division. The Titans are on their way to capturing their first division title in many years. Chris Johnson and LenDale White are the biggest threats in Tennessee's running game. LenDale White ran for two TD's. Peyton Manning was intercepted by Chris Hope and that led to a 21-31 loss.

As previously mentioned, the Colts and Titans are both in unfamiliar situations. The Colts are used to being the kings of the division and the Titans are not used to being undefeated-at least not through 7 games. The Titans which are 7-0 have won 10 straight regular-season games if you go back to last year. If you remember, the Titans beat the Colts in the last regular season game.

The Colts had their bye-week in front of them and didn't want to risk injury. The Titans needed to get that win in order to make the playoffs. They did beat the Colts in that game and they beat them this year. The 10 game win streak matches their second-best streak in franchise history. Tennessee took control of the division from Indianapolis, who has won the past five AFC South titles.

The Titans have won three of four meetings between the two teams. They made a statement in their last game by beating the "bullies on the block".

"The Colts were the team to beat, and I think now, the Titans are the team to beat," Bulluck said. Kerry Collins, Tennessee QB, threw for 193 yards and had no interceptions.
"We're trying to get where they've been," Collins said. "It was a big step for us tonight I think. We obviously got off to a good start, and to get one more against a division opponent is again real big at this time of year."

Jeff Fisher, Titans head coach, credited his defense for staying patient against Manning and for focusing on the Colts. He wasn't surprised by their good start.

"The season's still early and there's a lot of games left," Fisher said. "Our focus was on the Colts and trying to prepare to find a way to beat them. That was the commitment that we made this week. We're not looking ahead. We'll now look ahead to next weekend. As far as the division and all that stuff's concerned, we're just trying to win ballgames right now."

Coach Tony Dungy, like everyone else had, called the past Monday night game a must-win for Indianapolis to have any chance at winning the division. The Colts have lost two straight regular season games and this is Manning's worst starts since his first year in the big leagues.

Writer and editor, Freddie Brister, is a former high school football coach of 25 years. His love of the game of football is reflected in his words and memories of growing up in the South and playing football in the back yard with his brother, cousins and neighborhood friends. His biggest thrill is watching former high school players he has coached play at the college level. His favorite pastime is watching NFL football on tv and attending the games in person every chance he gets. Freddie Brister is a huge fan of the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts. Check out his Indianapolis Colts Merchandise or his LSU Tigers Merchandise at SportsFanTreasures.

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