Stunningly, All-Pro receiver Julio Jones has yet to catch a TD pass. The five-game drought matches the second-longest scoreless stretch of his career.
We feel like every game’s a must-win, but this was definitely a must-win, especially with the 11-game streak on the line, Woodyard said. We came in and answered the call.
Derrick Henry clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.
The Titans looked like the NFL’s worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota’s first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.
But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.
It’s a long season, Mariota said. You’re going to have to play with some sort of nick or ding. I’m just really happy for the guys. I mean they did a great job of putting protection up front.
The bigger concern with Kaepernick now is the collusion grievance he has filed against the NFL, which might indicate Kaepernick is not expecting to rejoin a team anytime soon.
Only four teams are pressuring on more snaps than the Panthers. Wilkes has been afforded the chance to pressure so much because his secondary has continued to improve and can hold up when the pressure is blocked up.
They don’t need to hold up very often because the Panthers get to the quarterback with a variety of looks.