INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Colts’ focus this week is sweeping Tennessee. The Titans (4-8) roll into Indianapolis looking a whole lot different than the first time the teams met in Nashville. Jake Locker is now Tennessee’s quarterback and they have a new offensive coordinator. The Colts’ 19-13 overtime win over the Titans in October turned their season. The victory, thanks to Vic Ballard’s aerial heroics, was the team’s first road win and gave them the confidence they needed to join the playoff chase.
“It was our first road win, so I think it was a nice little weight off of some of the guys’ shoulders and a good way to start a decent run,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told reporters.
“It was a huge step for our football team confidence-wise,” Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians said. “To finally win on the road, but to win in overtime and to take the drive down for a touchdown with that young offense and run the ball down there in that phase of the game, I thought it was a huge boost to our football team and it was a nice little springboard to string some wins together.”
Rush linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis both missed practice on Thursday for non-injury reasons. Safety Antoine Bethea was out with a neck problem. Offensive tackle Winston Justice was limited in Thursday’s workout, while guard Joe Reitz sat out completely. Both offensive linemen suffered concussions in Sunday’s game in Detroit.