Colts, Titans both eager to play after ugly losses

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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TITANS' CURSE: Safety Bernard Pollard says the Titans are cursed, something they must break. The veteran who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore last season said the Titans are too talented a team to keep finding ways to lose. To him, the curse is being complacent and comfortable on a franchise that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2008. Munchak said he thinks his Titans are motivated and played sloppy with four turnovers against the Jaguars.

REPLACING WAYNE: T.Y. Hilton has had two of his four 100-yard receiving games in the two outings since the Colts lost Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL. But the Colts need more from their other receivers. The other four receivers combined for just one more reception (eight) than Hilton had all by himself (seven) against the Rams. The Colts promoted Da'Rick Rogers off the practice squad to give Luck more options.

COLTS' DOMINATION: Whether it's Peyton Manning or Luck at quarterback the Colts dominate the Titans. The Colts have won three straight in this series and eight of the last nine. The Titans' last win against the Colts came Oct. 30, 2011, in Nashville with Manning sidelined by neck surgery and Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback for Tennessee. The Titans cut Hasselbeck in March looking to save some money, and now he'll be on the Colts' sideline backing up Luck.

FITZMAGIC TIME, PLEASE: The Titans now are in Fitzpatrick's hands. He was 0-2 replacing Locker last month, losing to the Chiefs and at Seattle. Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns with a 111.2 passer rating coming off the bench last week, and he also ran for another score. In his last start against the Colts in 2010 in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick threw for three TDs with no interceptions and a 120.8 passer rating.

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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.

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