Colts Must Win to Keep in Division Race

, Tennessee (PressExposure) April 07, 2009 -- If the Colts lose tonight, then they will be four games behind division-leading Tennessee Titans. Things have changed in the AFC South. Last year, the Titans clinched the final playoff spot by winning their last game against the Colts. The Colts didn't have to play hard in this game because their playoff berth and seed were clinched. In that last regular season game, the Colts pulled their starters early because they didn't want to risk injury. They had a first-round bye and a fifth straight division title after the Colts started 7-0 before falling to the also undefeated Patriots. The Titans who are currently 6-0 are the only undefeated team left in pro football. This game has complications. The Titans want to keep their undefeated streak alive and also to distance themselves from the Colts in the standings. The Colts know if they lose that they have a very hard time making the playoffs. They are currently 3-3 and it's very hard in the NFL to make the playoffs with a 0.500 record. The Colts have led or shared the division lead in 95 of 109 weeks of their existence. There are nine games left and it would be virtually impossible to erase four games in the loss column when you only have nine games left. "We've been in this situation before with the shoe on the other foot where we played Tennessee or Jacksonville with a two or three--game lead and saying, "Hey, we can slam the door on them," Colts coach, Tony Dungy, said. The Titans is the only team other than the Colts to win the AFC South Divisional Crown. Back in 2002, the Titans won the division over the Colts. The Titans lost the tiebreaker to the Colts in 2003. The Titans know they have to capitalize on the opportunity they have in front of them. The Titans is the only team other than Indianapolis to win this division, taking the AFC South in 2002 and losing a tiebreaker to the Colts in 2003. A franchise that lost seven straight to Indianapolis between 2002 and 2006 knows what a chance it has now. "It's a chance for us to take a step forward and take over the division," Titans center, Kevin Mawae said. Fisher calls the Colts still the team to beat. "We're just fortunate that we've gotten off to a good start and have an opportunity to play them," Fisher said. "This is just the next game on our schedule," Fisher said, "and we're going to do everything we can to play the best we can, and we'll just see what happens." The Titans were careful not to anger the Manning-led Colts especially since they came off a twenty point loss at Green Bay. "They're still trying to find their rhythm, and hopefully they won't get on sync against us," Titans linebacker, Keith Bulluck, said. Tennessee fans have been talking about this game since they beat Kansas City last week. "A chance to go 7-0, a chance to go out and accomplish a whole lot and show the world that we're for real," Kearse said. "A lot of people still haven't given us credit out there. They think we've only been playing teams with losing records and so on. A chance to go out and do it in prime time is going to be big."

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Writer and editor, Freddie Brister, is a former high school football coach of 25 years. His love of the game of football is reflected in his words and memories of growing up in the South and playing football in the back yard with his brother, cousins and neighborhood friends. His biggest thrill is watching former high school players he has coached play at the college level. His favorite pastime is watching professional football on TV and attending the games in person every chance he gets. Freddie Brister is a huge fan of the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts. Check out his Indianapolis Colts Merchandise or his Indianapolis Colts Blankets.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 07, 2009 at 5:14 pm
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