No doubt the popular theory Tuesday morning was that the Indianapolis Colts got caught looking ahead Monday night when they lost 19-9 at San Diego.
After all, the Colts will face former quarterback Peyton Manning for the first time Sunday night when they host the Denver Broncos. Not only will it be a chance for Indianapolis and its fans to pay tribute to Manning – an appropriately elaborate fete has been promised – but it will be a matchup between a pair of first-place teams.
Here’s another notion, though, one that does not bode well for the Tennessee Titans. Rather than any misplaced focus on their next game, it’s likely the Colts had not completely gotten over their last one, a 34-28 victory over Seattle on Oct. 6.
Teams that have played Seattle this season are now 0-5 the following week and have been outscored by an average of 28.2-9.0. The last three have failed to score a touchdown in the next game. Only Carolina, which was fresh when it played Seattle in the opener, was even competitive in its next game.
vs. Seahawks (Sept. 8): lost 12-7
Next week: lost 24-23 at Buffalo
San Francisco 49ers
vs. Seahawks (Sept. 15): lost 29-3
Next week: lost 27-7 vs. Indianapolis
vs. Seahawks (Sept. 22): lost 45-17
Next week: lost 37-3 vs. Indianapolis
vs. Seattle (Sept. 29): lost 23-20
Next week: lost 34-3 at San Francisco
vs. Seattle (Oct. 6): won 34-28
Next week: lost 19-9 at San Diego
The Seahawks are one of the NFL’s most physical teams on both sides of the ball. They are second in the NFL in total defense and third in scoring defense. They are second in rushing offense and fifth in time of possession.
Apparently, that takes a toll, one the Titans, who already have lost two in a row, will experience this week when they host the San Francisco 49ers (3:05 p.m., Fox), another of the league’s more rugged teams.