NASHVILLE, TN - 2020.12.06 - Titans vs Browns

Derrick Henry during the Titans' Dec. 6, 2020, game against the Cleveland Browns

All the consternation and concern Tennessee Titans fans felt after the Week 1 embarrassment at the hands (wings?) of the Arizona Cardinals disappeared when the Two-Toners' kicker du semaine Randy Bullock split the uprights in Seattle. It was an overtime winner that capped an improbable comeback against a great team in possibly the toughest place to play in the NFL. 

The Titans were down 24-9 at the half and down two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. But human steam engine Derrick Henry, as he is wont to do, carried his team on his very ample back, rolling for 182 yards on a career-high 35 carries for three touchdowns. (He also added six catches for 55 yards, because the Titans need to give defenses yet another thing to worry about.) Julio Jones was the Julio Jones we expected (and was denied a touchdown catch on an extremely dubious replay call). The O-line, playing without Taylor Lewan and — for much of the game — Rodger Saffold, gave Henry space to run and Ryan Tannehill time to pass, both major improvements after a woeful performance against the Cards. The defense made a few big mistakes (letting Tyler Lockett just ... be wide open behind everyone was probably not what was supposed to happen) but didn't make a series of small ones and clamped down when it mattered. Hell, MyCole Pruitt, breveting for the injured Anthony Firkser (who went to Harvard), was the spark plug, drawing the Seahawks into silly penalties and generally putting them on tilt, as the kids probably don't say.

It was heady and giddy in the post-game, a feeling that's lasted most of the week (no one seems interested in remembering that of four halves of football this season, the Tites have been extremely bad in three of them). Tennessee fans and the Titans organization have spent a considerable amount of time needling Houstonians upset that this week's game is a celebration of the franchise's time in H-town. 

Stetson-wearing legend Bum Phillips will join the team's Ring of Honor Sunday as Love Ya Blue-era Oilers will be feted. Texans fans, still miffed that Bud Adams packed up his team and headed to greener countryside, can't stand this, which is fun and is probably better than justifying that DeShaun Watson jersey.

But the Texans aren't the issue this weekend (though it would have been downright hilarious if the Titans saved this celebration of the Oilers' legacy for a visit from the Texans). The Indianapolis Colts head to town for the AFC South opener for both teams. 

The Colts, and I'll be as generous as possible here, are extremely bad. They are 0-2, having been thrashed by Seattle, though surprisingly game last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams of Los Angeles. Who is their quarterback? It could be you! But it'll probably be Jacob Eason. But it might be Carson Wentz. Or possibly Brett Hundley. It won't be Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck, though Indy would probably take any of the three at this point, including Unitas, who has been dead since 2002.

Most folks probably expected the Titans to be 1-1 heading into this game (though with the win and loss reversed from the actual results), and most rightly expect they'll be 2-1 heading out of it as the team moves into one of the easier stretches of the schedule with road games against the Jets and Jags coming up.

CBS sends curling commentary legend Andrew Catalon and James Lofton to town for the call. Game kicks off at noon.

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