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Colts dangle tight to prime Titans in essential AFC South matchup

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Zack Moss upstaged the return of Jonathan Taylor by working for a career-high 165 yards and two scores and Gardner Minshew was sharp in aid of the injured Anthony Richardson to steer the Indianapolis Colts previous the Tennessee Titans 23-16 on Sunday.

The Colts (3-2) snapped a seven-game shedding streak at house by beating the Titans (2-3) for the primary time in six tries.

Richardson left with a proper shoulder damage late within the first half. He stayed down a number of minutes earlier than strolling slowly from the sphere to the damage tent together with his shoulder drooped. A number of minutes later, he got here out of the tent and walked with the staff’s medical personnel into the locker room.

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Richardson was dominated out early within the third quarter after going 9 of 12 for 98 yards. Minshew was 11 of 14 for 155 yards in aid of Richardson.

Indianapolis Colts vast receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) makes a catch in opposition to Tennessee Titans cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (0) throughout the second half of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photograph/Darron Cummings)

On a day when most anticipated Taylor or Tennessee’s Derrick Henry to be the main target, it was Moss who dazzled. He averaged 7.2 yards on 23 carries in his second 100-yard sport this season, caught two passes for 30 yards and made play after play — simply someday after the Colts introduced they signed Taylor to a three-year contract extension.

Tennessee had gained the earlier 4 in Indy, however this one hardly resembled the others. Though Ryan Tannehill was efficient and environment friendly whereas going 23 of 34 with 264 yards, he had a game-sealing interception within the waning seconds. Henry was held to 43 yards on 13 carries.

The distinction was that whereas Moss scored TDs, the Titans settled for discipline targets.

Moss’ 56-yard dash up the center late within the first quarter gave Indy a 7-3 lead. The groups traded two extra discipline targets earlier than halftime after which Tyjae Spears scored his first profession TD on a 19-yard run to open the third quarter.

However Moss answered by powering throughout from 3 yards out on the subsequent sequence to offer Indy a 17-13 lead.

Indy put it away by making two extra discipline targets, stopping Henry on fourth-and-1 from the Indy 5-yard line with 8:03 to play, utilizing all however 60 seconds left on the clock and choosing off Tannehill.

DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for a season-high 140 yards for Tennessee.

BY THE NUMBERS

Titans: The Titans began this week with the NFL’s No. 4 run protection. … Henry practically had his second TD move in two weeks, however Hopkins’ left foot got here down out of bounds. … Hopkins had extra yards receiving than the remainder of the Titans mixed (124). … Tennessee is 0-3 on the street this season.

Colts: Indy gained its first house sport since October 2022. … Taylor carried six instances for 18 yards in his first sport motion since Dec. 17. … Minshew has relieved Richardson in two of Indy’s wins this season. He began the opposite sport. … Rookie Josh Downs caught six passes for 97 yards.

INJURY REPORT

Titans: DT Jeffrey Simmons left within the first half with what gave the impression to be a shoulder damage and WR Treylon Burks missed his second straight sport with an injured left knee. Jeff

Colts: Along with shedding Richardson, TE Mo Alie-Cox entered the concussion protocol after his head bounced exhausting off the turf within the second half. LT Bernhard Raimann and DE Kwity Paye each sat out, nonetheless within the protocol and three-time All-Professional LB Shaquille Leonard (groin) missed the sport.

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Titans: Journey to London to face Baltimore subsequent Sunday.

Colts: Head to Jacksonville subsequent Sunday for a rematch with the Jaguars.

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