By Lisa Johnson // @lj1303
Heading into week 10, with the Texans and Jaguars on byes, the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts looked to try and gain ground on division-leading Houston Texans.
The Titans opened up week 10 against the Kanas City Chiefs, which saw the return of Chiefs MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
And he looked every part of that during the opening drive, going 6 of 8 and hitting tight end Travis Kelce for a 3-yard touchdown pass. While the Chiefs offense and Maholmes got off to a great start, the Chiefs defense struggled with the Titans ground and pound run game.
Titans running back Derrick Henry had a career day. Henry finished with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 68-yard touchdown scramble in the third quarter.
In a game that saw 6 lead changes, the Titans’ defense did just enough in the fourth quarter to hold off the Chiefs and give the Titans and Tannehill a chance. With just over a minute left and down on the scoreboard, Tannehill only needed 4 plays to reach the end zone. He found wide receiver Adam Humphries for a 23-yard touchdown strike with 23 seconds remaining. That was followed by a successful 2-point conversation.
“It’s fun to win a game like that, battle back in the fourth quarter at home and find a way to win is a ton of fun,” Tannehill said.
Next up for the Titans is a much-needed bye week. Week 12 they will host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the Colts decided to start quarterback Brian Hoyer in place of injured starter Jacoby Brissett. Hosting the Miami Dolphins, who saw their first win last week against the New York Jets. Hoyer and the Colts looked to capitalize on a weaker opponent and schedule to gain an advantage on the Houston Texans.
Turns out the Miami Dolphins had other ideas.
The Dolphins defense took full advantage of Hoyer and his 3 interception day, turning 2 of those turnovers into 10 points. Defensively, the Colts had a pretty decent day, forcing two turnovers followed by a couple of sacks. The Colts offense just couldn’t capitalize and failed to move the ball.
On top of this was another miserable week of kicking for placekicker Adam Vinatieri, who missed a crucial extra point (that’s 6 missed extra points this year) that would have brought the Colts to within 3. Now down by 4, the Colts needed to score a touchdown with less than a minute to play instead of a tying field goal.
After driving to Miami’s 16-yard line. Hoyer took 3 shots to the endzone, all falling incomplete. On fourth and 10, Hoyer hit Tight End Eric Ebron for only 8 yards, turning the ball over on downs and handing Miami their second straight win.
“We had plenty of time and timeouts to go, so all of those passes we threw had underneath options,” coach Frank Reich said.
Next up, the Colts will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.
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