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NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 34, Indianapolis Colts 31

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) catches the ball and runs with it as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes (27) defends in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After going down 14-0 in the first five minutes of the game, the Tennessee Titans rallied back to secure a 34-31 road win against the Indianapolis Colts in overtime in Week 8.

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Tennessee Titans

Quarterback

Ryan Tannehill was far from perfect but improved as the game went on. He threw an ugly interception early to Kenny Moore II to help give the Colts an early two-score lead, but that was his only turnover-worthy play on the day. He finished the game 23-of-33 for 265 yards, three touchdowns, two picks and took three sacks. He attempted 12 passes of 10 or more yards downfield and completed seven of those for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Running Backs

Derrick Henry let down a lot of fantasy football managers in Week 8. He got hurt early in the game but still managed to get back on the field to rush for 68 scoreless yards on 28 carries (2.4 yards per carry). He broke just three tackles and totaled 66 of his 68 yards after contact.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

It was the A.J. Brown show in this contest. He led the team with 10 receptions on 11 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown. He also broke two tackles, caught his only contested target and moved the chains on four of his 10 receptions.

Offensive Line

Guard Nate Davis missed 19 snaps due to injury but also struggled significantly on the 54 snaps he did play. On PFF’s first review of the broadcast film, he earned a 50.9 PFF grade and a 36.7 pass-blocking grade with two pressures allowed. His replacement, rookie Dillon Radunz, also allowed two pressures despite playing just 11 pass-blocking snaps.

Defensive Line

No Titans defensive lineman earned a PFF grade above 70.0 on first review. Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry led the team with five pressures apiece, but neither player recorded a pass-rush win rate above 15%.

Linebackers

David Long and Monty Rice were notable weaknesses for the Tennessee defense. Both players earned sub-50.0 PFF run-defense grades on first review. The duo combined for 10 total tackles and eight missed tackles.

Secondary

Greg Mabin was the most targeted Titans defensive back, seeing 12 passes thrown into his primary coverage. He allowed six receptions for 44 yards, one touchdown and two first-down receptions. Safety Kevin Byard was phenomenal in coverage. He allowed zero receptions on four targets and recorded two forced incompletions and an interception.

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Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback

There’s no sugar coating this one — it was an awful game for Carson Wentz. His three passing touchdowns are the box-score lipstick on what was a pig of a showing for the Colts veteran signal-caller. He threw a back-breaking interception in overtime and one of the worst interceptions of the 2021 NFL season that resulted in an Elijah Molden pick-six. He also completed just 5-of-22 passes for 69 yards on throws 10-plus yards downfield.

Running Backs

Jonathan Taylor had an impressive showing against the Titans’ defense. He totaled 70 rushing yards and seven broken tackles on his 16 carries and found the end zone. He also caught 3-of-4 passes for 52 yards. Backup Nyheim Hines had 33 yards on seven touches, as well.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Second-year wideout Michael Pittman Jr. was wildly impressive. He caught 10-of-15 targets for 86 yards, four first downs and two touchdowns. He also made two contested catches and broke two tackles after the catch on the day. No other Colts receiver had more than 43 yards (Zach Pascal).

Offensive Line

There were no obvious weak links along the Colts’ offensive line. None of the team’s starters earned a grade below 62.0 on PFF’s first review of the broadcast film, and Wentz was under pressure on just 16 of his 54 dropbacks.

Defensive Line

Grover Stewart was a massive highlight for the Colts. He totaled two defensive stops, two pressures and an 80.0-plus PFF grade on first review. No other Colts players earned an 80.0-plus overall grade, but DeForest Buckner did post a 90.0-plus pass-rushing grade and three pressures.

Linebackers

Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke both turned in solid performances against Henry and the Titans' offense. Both earned 65.0-plus PFF grades, pending final review, and combined to allow just 49 yards in coverage on seven targets.

Secondary

Moore’s overtime interception and Molden’s pick-six were more products of bad quarterback play than stellar coverage, but the secondary as a whole still played a great game. Both Moore and Rhodes allowed more than 80 yards in coverage but were in phase on a high percentage of their targets.

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