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NFL Week 12 Preview: Titans at Colts

By PFF Analysis Team
Nov 23, 2017

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NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Wide receiver Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )

The Tennessee Titans visit the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 16

Coverage by: Sam McGaw

Matchup: Tennessee Titans offense vs. Indianapolis Colts defense

Delanie Walker, tight end, Tennessee Titans

PFFELO Ranking: 27

Coverage by: Mike Alessandrini

Matchup: Indianapolis Colts offense vs. Tennessee Titans defense

  • QB Jacoby Brissett vs. Titans’ blitz – The Colts quarterback has excelled in the deep passing game this season, as these concepts are an important part of his team’s game plan. Brissett’s 128.2 passer rating on deep throws ranks second in the NFL. His 51.7 accuracy percentage on these throws also ranks second and he has thrown four touchdowns to zero interceptions on deep passes. The Titans may want to send an extra blitzer or two on key plays in order to help take away the deep throws and force Brissett into quick passes. The sophomore has a 62.3 passer rating under pressure versus a 97.7 rating when kept clean. His completion percentage drops from 62.7 to 56.7 when blitzed. Tennessee could look to send Logan Ryan (five pressures) or linebackers Jayon Brown (17.0 pass-rush productivity- tenth best at his position) and Wesley Woodyard (10 total pressures) after the quarterback in order to disrupt Indianapolis’ timing.

Jacoby Brissett, quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

  • T Anthony Castonzo vs. Edge Brian Orakpo – As it was back in Week 6, the Castonzo-Orakpo matchup will be an intriguing one to watch on Sunday afternoon. Castonzo’s 82.7 overall grade ranks seventh among offensive tackles, while his 85.3 run-block grade ranks fourth. Meanwhile, Orakpo has earned an 81.2 overall grade in 2017 while effectively rushing the passer. The veteran has accumulated 40 pressures on 337 pass-rush snaps, giving him an 11.3 pass-rush productivity grade. This mark is 16th best among edge defenders. In the duo’s first matchup, Castonzo held Orakpo to just one pressure while executing sound run blocking on the edge.
  • WR T.Y. Hilton vs. CB Logan Ryan – This contest will feature an important matchup in the secondary, pitting Indianapolis’ top receiver against Tennessee’s top cornerback. Hilton has averaged 2.04 yards per route run this season, good for 11th at his position. Jacoby Brissett has a 111.3 passer rating when targeting his speedy wideout. On the other side of the ball, Ryan allowed just one catch in his team’s first matchup with the Colts, while defending a pass aimed for Hilton. For the year, Ryan has an 80.1 overall grade, which leads all Titans cornerbacks. There has been some inconsistencies, however, as the former third-round pick has allowed five touchdowns in coverage this year. Opposing quarterbacks have a 121.8 passer rating when targeting Ryan.

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