Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Titans Edition

Intro: The Colts will wrap up the first quarter of the season by welcoming the Tennessee Titans to Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are seven things to watch for in the Colts and Titans Week Four matchup.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will look for their ninth straight win against the AFC South on Sunday afternoon.

This Week Four matchup will pit two 1-2 teams currently a game behind Houston for the lead in the AFC South.

What should fans be looking for when the Colts play host to the Titans on Sunday afternoon?

1. Stacking Wins Together

-After a start to the season where the Colts had chances to turn the fortunes in one possession losses, the first win came in convincing fashion last Sunday. Now, the challenge is trying to stack those wins together in an effort to climb back towards the right side of the .500 mark. After Sunday, the Colts will start a stretch of four games against teams currently over .500, and with combined records at 9-3.

2. Andrew Luck's Encore

-The AFC Offensive Player of the Week will face a one of the game's better passing defenses on Sunday. The Titans secondary lost a Pro Bowler in Alterraun Verner but has a collection of veterans that have had a strong start to 2014. Last year against the Titans, Luck didn't throw a touchdown pass in either meeting.

3. Blocking Jurrell Casey

-The Colts are sticking with A.Q. Shipley as the starting center. Shipley and the Colts offensive line will have their hands full on Sunday with the 305-pound Casey. The All-Pro had two sacks in last year's meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium and is one of the better 3-4, defensive end pass rushers in the NFL.

4. Jake Locker Or Charlie Whitehurst

-Mum has been the word down in Nashville regarding who will start at quarterback on Sunday. Sounds like Jake Locker's wrist drama will drag into the weekend and eventually be a game-time decision. Locker gives more of a dual-threat look to the Titans quarterback position where as Whitehurst is a bit of an unknown. The last time Whitehurst threw a pass in a regular season game was 2011.

5. Reggie Wayne And T.Y. Hilton Shutout

-At the start of the season, if you would have said that Andrew Luck would lead the league with nine touchdown passes after three weeks and No. 87 and 13 would still be scoreless, people would have laughed at you. That's the case though and teams are doing a solid job of taking away the Colts leading receivers near the red zone, while Andrew Luck is finding different personnel out of heavier formations.

*6. The Stretch          *

-The Colts are in the midst of a four-game stretch in 19 days, which is now down to three contests in a dozen days. Following a second straight divisional matchup on Sunday, the Colts will host Baltimore (2-1) next Sunday (October 5) before traveling to Houston (2-1) on that Thursday (October 9).

7. No. 200 For Wayne

-Sunday marks the 200th career game for Reggie Wayne. He is closing in on the Colts franchise record for most games played (Peyton Manning-209). Being able to ring the bell at that rate has always been one of Wayne's proudest accomplishments. On Sundy afternoon, he reaches a special number that only three Colts have ever achieved.

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