INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a week that every team in the NFL has to deal with over the course of the regular season.
A pair of games in five days is what the Colts and Titans are dealing with this week and both teams are coming off difficult home losses.
The Titans 29-27 loss to the Jaguars comes with some added insult as quarterback Jake Locker suffered a foot injury, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will probably start on Thursday night.
Fitzpatrick is a veteran with 69 starts in 78 career games and Thursday will be his third start in his first year with the Titans.
Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson has 546 rushing yards on the season with a variety in consistency from week-to-week.
After three games of at least 70 yards to start the season, Johnson has been held under 40 yards six of the last seven contests (had 23 carries for 150 yards two weeks ago).
In the receiving department, Kendall Wright (580 receiving yards) and Nate Washington (468 receiving yards) pace the group. Wright has 21 more catches then any other receiver on the Titans.
Free agent tight end Delanie Walker has four touchdowns on the season and is a versatile threat that lines up all over the field.
Defensively, the Titans have a shutdown, game-breaking corner in Alterraun Verner. The fourth-year cornerback leads the NFL in pass deflections (14) and interceptions (5).
One area the Titans have been particularly successful in is converting third-downs and getting opponents off the field on those downs.
Tennessee is eighth in the league in converting third-downs (42.1 percent) and fifth in the NFL defensively (33.1 percent).
After losing four of their last five games, Tennessee currently sits two games behind the Colts in the AFC South with two games in three weeks against the division leaders.
2013 Record: 4-5, second in the AFC South.
Head Coach: Mike Munchak, 3rd season as Titans head coach (19-22 in the regular season).
2013 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 21st (322.9); Rushing, 13th (111.2); Passing, 23rd (211.7) Defense – Overall, 9th (326.2); Rushing, 21st (114.9); Passing, 8th (211.3).
2013 Leading Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick (starter Sunday) (63-of-111 comp., 790 yards, 56.8 pct., 4 TDs, 4 INTs).
2013 Leading Rusher: Chris Johnson (150 carries, 546 yards, 2 TDs).
2013 Leading Receiver: Kendall Wright (50 receptions, 580 yards, 1 TD).
2013 Leading Sacker: Jurrell Casey (7.0).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 4 (tied for 9th in the NFL).
2013 NFL Draft Results: As a former offensive lineman, Mike Munchak was thrilled to select Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack with the 10th overall pick in April’s draft. Then in the second round the Titans chose wide receiver Justin Hunter who has continued to see his reps increase. Fourth-round pick Brian Schwenke has started the last three weeks at the center position.
2012 Review: The Titans 2012 campaign spiraled downhill when the Colts came to town on Oct. 28. With a 3-4 record, the Titans lost in overtime and would go on to lose five of their next six games and finish with a 6-10 record. It was clear after the season though that the Titans had found their franchise quarterback in Jake Locker.
Last time in Playoffs: 2008 season. Lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 13-10, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Last time in Super Bowl: 1999 season. Lost to the St. Louis Rams, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Super Bowl Championships: None.
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: None.