Amid interception issues, Marcus Mariota has stopped fumbling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An offseason of rehabilitation from a serious injury rather than polishing mechanics is clearly one factor that’s contributed to a down season for Marcus Mariota.MariotaRollIND

His 12 interceptions are already the most he’s thrown in a season, after 10 in 12 games as a rookie and nine in 15 games in 2016.

The odd thing is that, even without that offseason of work, he’s totally taken care of one major point of emphasis.

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Despite new weapons, Delanie Walker remains Titans' main man

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Delanie Walker’s first touchdown of the season prompted him to perform CPR on the football.

And the Titans offense did return to life after that in Indianapolis.

“Whatever it was worked,” Mike Mularkey said.

A team that has not really found a start-to-finish offensive effort during a 7-4 season needs for it to become a symbol for an offensive resuscitation that extends well beyond Lucas Oil Stadium.DelanieCatchIND

With Rishard Matthews (hamstring) out, Walker was a singular force for the Titans passing game.

The lack of a touchdown before the Colts game and the constant double teams working to slow him swayed me from thinking he was playing at the same high level. But Sunday's game told me I was definitely wrong.

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Indianapolis edition: Reaction to over-reactive tweets

INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday afternoon I started getting texts and Tweets. They all asked, “Did you really like the Tweets you are ‘liking?’”

No, no, no, no, no.

An in-game “like” from me on Twitter could well be my bookmarking a Tweet that simply demands attention here.HenryIND

As soon as I grab it back at home or the hotel, that heart is going away.

I think I am willing to be misunderstood for a few hours in exchange for increased efficiency. (Though a full-time assistant would be more effective.)

Now I shall address some of the tweets I liked and have since unliked.

PK: So we delved into this during the postgame Periscope/Facebook Live broadcast, which you can find here. My people there told me someone posted it on Reddit based on seeing Mike Mularkey with a call sheet late in the game. Doesn’t he always have a call sheet?

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Quick pressure produced eight sacks for Titans in Indy

mdi construction barINDIANAPOLIS – The Titans found a quarterback who was willing to hold the ball.

And all their pent-up feelings and frustrations over what they feel has been a largely close-but-no-cigar pass rush got heaped on Jacoby Brissett.

Eight times – the most ever in a game for the Titans in their 18 years of existence.CaseyRushIND

DaQuan Jones awoke with two sacks, while Brian Orakpo has one and a half. Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard, Derrick Morgan and Erik Walden got one apiece, while Jayon Brown got half a sack.

“I didn’t even know until we got in (the locker room) that I had one'” Williamson said. “Indy was handing them out, so we took advantage of it. We did a good job blitzing, and just I feel like we did a good job of helping our coverage and taking advantage. We got the job done - the fact that we were able to get him down. It was huge. We haven’t been getting the sacks like we thought we would, but they came in bunches.”

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Titans need late-game run-blocking mindset, finisher Derrick Henry right from the start

mdi construction barINDIANAPOLIS – Consistently under social-media fire for his play-calling, Terry Robiskie spoke this week about his stubborn streak, and the way he will stick with run plays that don’t work, patiently waiting for one to pop.

IMG 4303At halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, he lit into his offense for its failures: 10 carries by DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry produced all of 3 yards.

The stick-with-it mentality that turns off a loud subset of Titans fans dying to see the team open things up was in full play, per Taylor Lewan. He used colorful language while talking about the second-half mindset that produced a 20-16 win and moved the Titans to 7-4.

Robiskie didn’t pull out a bunch of different plays.

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Titans sure to laud 20-16 win in Indy as just their style

mdi construction barINDIANAPOLIS – After another game filled with all kind of ugly, the Titans once again found a way to win against a team with inferior talent.

With an uninspiring 20-16 win over the Colts, the Titans are 7-4 and in solid shape in the AFC playoff race.

But they didn’t solve offensive production issues that hound them. They really had just two high-quality drives -- but they were the one that gave them the lead for good with 5:59 left in the game and the one that bled out the clock to seal the win.MurraySurroundedIND

After struggling badly running the ball all game, Derrick Henry churned out yards on the 77-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 1-yard plunge by DeMarco Murray.

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One of these four games will tilt the AFC South

mdi construction barINDIANAPOLIS – The 3-7 Colts and 4-6 Texans aren’t going to the playoffs.

AFCSouthThe hopes of the two teams that have won the AFC South 13 of the 15 division titles since realignment in 2002 crashed with their quarterbacks – Andrew Luck’s shoulder has cost him the entire season and DeShaun Watson’s season ended with a torn ACL on Nov. 2.

It’s going to be the 7-3 Jaguars or the 6-4 Titans who take the division. (Both are 2-1 in the division, with Tennessee taking the first head-to-head, Week 2 in Jacksonville, 37-16).

The other could get in as a wild card, which would make for the first time the AFC South sends two teams to the postseason since 2012.

The Jaguars play the Titans at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 31 in the regular season finale for both teams, a game with huge stakes.

I think one of four other games before then will ultimately decide who wins the division.

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