Colts-Titans: Matchups to Watch

Can Reggie Wayne get the best of Cortland Finnegan again? Will Chris Johnson have another big day against the Colts defense? Get the key matchups and game plans for both teams inside!

Colts WR Reggie Wayne vs. Titans CB Cortland Finnegan: Wayne burned Finnegan several times in their first meeting this year. It's safe to assume that Finnegan will be especially ready to face the Indianapolis receiver this time around.

Titans RB Chris Johnson vs. Colts LB Gary Brackett: Brackett is the key to the Indianapolis run defense. He had six tackles the first time the two AFC South teams met this year in Nashville. Johnson had 111 yards and a touchdown in that initial faceoff.

Colts QB Peyton Manning vs. Titans CB Alterraun Verner: Manning went after the rookie cornerback, who was covering WR Pierre Garcon for most of the Dec. 9 meeting. Garcon had six catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

Titans WR Kenny Britt vs. Colts CB Kelvin Hayden: Britt is the Titans' best receiver and is developing into the big-play threat the team has needed for years. Hayden may have his hands full trying to win this matchup.

Titans LT Michael Roos vs. Colts DE Dwight Freeney: Freeney is maybe the best in the league as a speed rusher. Roos has had his share of matchups against the Colts star, but has not had as good a season this year as he has the past couple of years.

TITANS GAME PLAN: The biggest challenge coach Jeff Fisher and his staff might have is keeping this team interested in one final meaningless game for them. Indianapolis is in a win-and-in scenario for the playoffs, but the Titans, who had been on life support for weeks, were officially eliminated last Sunday.

The one wild-card for Tennessee is that Sunday could be Fisher's last game as head coach, as his job security has been called into question, not to mention the whole saga involving Vince Young, which could hasten his departure after 16 full seasons.

COLTS GAME PLAN: Keep the focus on the task at hand. Don't scoreboard watch. Continue to strive for better balance offensively. And keep the run defense playing well.

The Colts have done a better job of moving the football on the ground in recent weeks. That trend needs to continue Sunday against the Titans. Play smart. Stay away from turnovers and silly penalties.

Defensively, Indianapolis needs to limit Tennessee's running game and to put pressure on the Titans' pass offense. Get to the quarterback. Force mental and physical errors.


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