1:00 PM ET, September 28, 2014
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
After quickly extinguishing their first losing streak in three years, the Indianapolis Colts will attempt to string together back-to-back wins for the first time this season and add to their dominance over the Tennessee Titans.
While Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will attempt to build on one of the best performances of his career, it's unknown if an ailing wrist will keep Titans counterpart Jake Locker out of Sunday's visit to Indianapolis.
The Colts' 0-2 start marked their first consecutive defeats since Luck was taken with the top pick in the 2012 draft and coach Chuck Pagano joined the team. Luck played a major role in ending that skid this past Sunday by matching a career high with four touchdown passes -- three in the first half -- and throwing for 370 yards in a 44-17 victory in Jacksonville.
He went 31 of 39 for a career-best 79.5 completion percentage and helped Indianapolis (1-2) post its high-scoring game since a 44-20 win over Baltimore on Dec. 9, 2007. The Colts' 529 yards were their most since they had 567 in a 51-24 victory over Tennessee on Dec. 5, 2004.
"It makes everything feel better," Luck said. "It's good to have a win, but you realize it's just one and we've got to get our home record back on track now."
The running back tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson also stayed in its grove with 122 total yards. The players have combined for 271 in the past two games, and the Colts have totaled 313 yards on the ground.
"Sometimes it's hard to keep them from becoming complacent after a victory," Pagano said. "We've got to do a great job of making sure we don't take our foot off the gas and keep trying to get better."
Hours after learning of former kicker Rob Bironas' death, the Titans (1-2) endured a 33-7 defeat in Cincinnati on Sunday. They've been outscored 59-17 in back-to-back losses since a 26-10 win at Kansas City in coach Ken Whisenhunt's debut.
They avoided a shutout against the Bengals when Shonn Greene scored on a 1-yard run with 6:09 remaining. Tennessee committed 11 penalties for 99 yards and has been flagged 28 times -- tied for third-most in the league -- for 239 yards.
"What's happening to us is when we have an opportunity to make a play, we're not making it," Whisenhunt said. "We're not making the catch. We're not making the tackle. We're not making the kick."
The Titans coach said Locker's wrist was so sore during that loss he could barely grip the ball. Locker was limited in Friday's open portion of practice, as he threw a few passes to test out his injured wrist. He didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, and is listed as questionable.
"It was encouraging that we got to see Jake to a little bit, but that's what we anticipated," Whisenhunt said. "Hopefully, it will progress more, and we'll see what we can do tomorrow and that will determine a lot."
Locker, in the final year of his contract, has one of the league's worst passer ratings at 70.8 and one of the lowest completion percentages at 56.4.
He went 17 for 34 for 185 yards and had two interceptions last week. He has been picked off four times in the last two games while completing 51.5 percent of his passes.
Locker has missed 14 games in the past two seasons because of injuries and sat out the final seven contests in 2013 after hurting his foot. Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has made four career starts with his most recent for Seattle in 2011. Tennessee's other quarterback is sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger.
Locker has made one career start against Indianapolis. He had 262 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-23 road loss Dec. 9, 2012.
Luck has topped 240 yards in one of his four career starts against Tennessee and has four interceptions to two touchdowns in those matchups. The Colts, though, have a five-game win streak in the series.
They've taken 10 of the last 11 meetings and 10 of 11 at home, including a series-best six in a row there.
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Indianapolis leads 19-6|
|Dec 1, 2013||TEN 14, @IND 22|
|Nov 14, 2013||TEN 27, IND 30|
|Dec 9, 2012||TEN 23, @IND 27|
|Oct 28, 2012||TEN 13, IND 19|
|Dec 18, 2011||TEN 13, @IND 27|
|Oct 30, 2011||TEN 27, IND 10|
|Jan 2, 2011||TEN 20, @IND 23|
|Dec 9, 2010||TEN 28, IND 30|
|Dec 6, 2009||TEN 17, @IND 27|
|Oct 11, 2009||TEN 9, IND 31|
|Dec 28, 2008||TEN 0, @IND 23|
|Oct 27, 2008||TEN 31, IND 21|
|Dec 30, 2007||TEN 16, @IND 10|
|Sep 16, 2007||TEN 20, IND 22|
|Dec 3, 2006||TEN 20, IND 17|
|Oct 8, 2006||TEN 13, @IND 14|
|Dec 4, 2005||TEN 3, @IND 35|
|Oct 2, 2005||TEN 10, IND 31|
|Dec 5, 2004||TEN 24, @IND 51|
|Sep 19, 2004||TEN 17, IND 31|
|Dec 7, 2003||TEN 27, IND 29|
|Sep 14, 2003||TEN 7, @IND 33|
|Dec 8, 2002||TEN 27, IND 17|
|Nov 3, 2002||TEN 23, @IND 15|
Charlie Whitehurst completed his first pass Sunday since Week 8 of 2011, 45 games ago.
Andrew Luck completed 7-of-13 passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield for 162 yards and a touchdown Sunday, including 3-of-3 for 66 yards and a touchdown when targeting Reggie Wayne. Entering Sunday, Luck had the NFL's fourth-highest completion percentage on throws 15 or more yards downfield. Luck was 5-for-7 for 107 yards and a touchdown in the second half on deep passes. Luck has now completed 68.2 percent of his deep passes in his last two games (both Colts wins). Luck was 5-of-12 with an interception on deep throws in his first two games (both Colts losses).[+]
Andrew Luck Passing 15+ Yards Downfield, Career
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