2009 NFL Week 13 Top 5 Observations: Colts 27, Titans 17

Here are five quick-hit observations for the Colts’ 27-17 victory over AFC South rival Tennessee.

1. The Titans had their opportunities.
Several times throughout the game, the Titans were knocking on the door of a score and they just couldn’t convert. Twice in the second half Tennessee drove inside the red zone and came away zero points, with one of those missed opportunities coming at the goal line. They scored 10 points on those two drives then they would have matched the Colts step for step…

2. The Colts continue to make plays in crunch time.
…that said, the Colts deserve credit for shutting the Titans down in those situations. Offensively, Peyton Manning didn’t have his best game statistically, but he played a near flawless game and continues to make plays when Indianapolis is knocking on the door of points.

3. The Colts defense continues to produce.
Not only did the Colts’ defense come up huge by turning the Titans away twice in the red zone, but they also harassed Young throughout the day even though they only sacked him once. Indianapolis doesn’t have elite playmakers on that side of the ball outside of Dwight Freeney, but they play fast and are tough to beat at home. That’s why it’s important for the Colts to lock up home field advantage. What a game by Clint Session (13 tackles) today.

4. Young needs to learn from this loss.
For all intents and purposes, Young played well. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns, but he also lost a fumble and was intercepted once. When the Titans needed him to make a huge play last week, he made it. But this week, he failed to get Tennessee into the end zone when they had an opportunity to cut the Colts’ lead in the second half. Granted, he also had a touchdown taken away from him when Nate Washington dropped a 65-yard touchdown in his breadbasket, but VY needs to learn from this experience and continue to grow as a quarter.

5. It’s easy to see why the Colts win.
Indy converted nine of 14 third down attempts today, only committed five penalties and scored in three of their four trips to the red zone. This is why the Colts win: They do the little things that people don’t focus on enough when it comes to teams winning football games.

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