Screen Shot 2022 10 05 at 6.21.46 PMNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans' old habit of playing down to the level of bad competition feels a bit less likely as they ready for a trip to Washington to play the Commanders, as they haven't played particularly well against anyone through the season's first month.

Washington has a patchwork offensive line that should allow room for the Titans to rush even if Bud Dupree (hip) is out, and sacks -- and turnovers they can cause -- can help key things the way they did against the Colts, who are not good but are better than the Commanders.

The Titans' secondary remains a big concern though it's possible Ugo Amadi (ankle) will be back to help as he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Many of you joined PK TV to chat about a wide variety of things on your mind following the Colts' win and ahead of the Commanders' game.

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Mike Herndon: Breaking down Titans' second-half issues, again

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans' 24-17 win over the Colts extended a lot of trends -- and not just the team's second-half futility, which we’ll get to a bit later.

Tennessee won its fourth straight in Indianapolis, a franchise record. Derrick Henry rushed for over 100 yards against the Colts for the fifth time in his last six outings (the only exception coming in a game where he played three quarters on a broken foot). Ryan Tannehill advanced to 5-1 as a starter against Indy with another efficient, but not prolific stat line.

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Jonathan Taylor was held in check once again, rushing for just 42 yards on 20 carries, and is still yet to break 70 in four tries against Tennessee in his young career.

Mike Vrabel and Frank Reich, the only two head coaches remaining from the 2018 hiring cycle, faced each other for the ninth time. Reich dominated the early stretch between these two coaches, winning four of the first five, but Vrabel has now rattled off four in a row to take the lead head-to-head against his biggest rival.

That last trend is probably the most telling.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We watched six weeks of practice and workouts and three preseason games and storylines punched their way through the daily grind.

What unfolded, unfolded but through a quarter of the season many of those themes have not carried over into the Titans’ season.

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Some elements of Tennessee Titans’ training camp lied to us and others that we projected have not come to fruition.

Let’s look at what has failed to pan out:

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Scout's take: Why Titans' coaches deserve credit for win in Indy

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Frank Reich’s tenure is about over in Indianapolis, and it should be.

The Colts have been one of the most underperforming teams in the NFL the last few seasons.

While chasing their next franchise QB they have put their teams' hopes on players who once had success but are in the declining years of their careers.

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Philips Rivers, Carson Wentz and now Matt Ryan were done when the Colts acquired them.

The Titans have been the beneficiary of the Colts’ bad personnel moves and even worse coaching decisions by their rival.

Sunday was no different.

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Screen Shot 2022 10 02 at 7.33.45 PMThe Titans have clawed their way back to 2-2 with consecutive wins, and Sunday's 24-17 victory in Indianapolis showed they still know how to beat the Colts.

With the Jaguars' loss in Philadelphia, the Titans have the same record as the Jaguars atop the AFC South and are off to a 1-0 start in the division.

That's not a bad place to be considering the issues Tennessee still has and you were eager to talk about them. Mike Vrabel was upbeat after the win and I understand it. He's also got a lot of work to do in advance of a trip to Washington in a week.

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Titans' win: When the points come doesn't matter so much

Few wins are going to come easily, and Mike Vrabel predictably hit that theme shortly after the Titans held on to a 24-17 win in Indianapolis Sunday.

Inside a victory that boosted the team to 2-2, many of the troublesome issues from the first quarter of the season were neatly packaged.

This version of the Titans can’t create second-half points, but can still be effectively Derrick Henry-reliant. The team is subbing in too many newcomers on defense and thus doesn’t seem to communicate well, say when a tight end is crossing underneath. And it simply isn’t as crisp and smart as we’ve come to expect Mike Vrabel teams to be.

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Tennessee got away with these bad elements because the Colts remain an overrated team that has issues of its own that simply rate as bigger than those of the team it’s chasing.

And so. while the Titans outclassed Indy again, I don’t know that doing so tells us a lot about where they stand in comparison to the AFC’s best, one of which destroyed them two weeks ago on a Monday night in Buffalo.

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Scout's take: Titans should attack Matt Pryor, Brandon Facyson

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With both the Colts and Titans getting their first wins last week, Sunday’s game will be important. In a very tight division this year each win becomes a premium.

The Titans established their old offense in their win over the Raiders, running the ball and working play-action passes. They need to continue with that focus this week.

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The Colts have been one of the NFL’s biggest underperforming teams in the past few seasons. Despite good personnel on each level of the offense and defense, the team can’t find its winning formula.

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By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans earned a critical 24-22 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in Nissan Stadium, avoiding the team’s first 0-3 start since 2009 and staving off the vultures for a week.

After racing out to a 24-10 halftime lead, the Titans failed to score in the second half for a second straight week but were bailed out by a defense that performed admirably considering the dire injury situations at multiple key spots.

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Through three games, Tennessee has been outscored in the second half by a combined 57-7 margin.

So, what gives with the second-half struggles?

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