Colts-Titans Preview: Music City Miracle?

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst IOctober 10, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 04:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 34-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

At the onset of the season, it appeared that Sunday's Colts/Titans contest would pit the two AFC South frontrunners in an early battle for control of the division. However, Indy's impressive 4-0 start, coupled with Tennessee's disastrous 0-4 start, has diminished much of the luster of the game.

"Hey, we know the Titans are down," says Peyton Manning. "But that doesn't mean they're out. If anything, they'll be angry. How angry? Probably just as angry as NBC once they realize that flex games don't start until Week 11."

For the Titans, Kerry Collins is still the starter. But Jeff Fisher realizes the situation may soon call for a drastic change at quarterback.

"If Vince Young is looking for redemption," says Fisher, "this may be his chance. Second chances are a lot like Vince's Wonderlic scores—he's lucky to get two or three."

"Our 0-4 start is certainly deflating, but not tragic. It doesn't require a eulogy by any means, but it would make a great subject for a heartbreaking country song involving drowning your sorrows in whiskey. And since Kerry Collins has experience in country music and whiskey, he's perfectly qualified to author the song."

Only one team in NFL history has made the playoffs after starting the season 0-4. So it's going to take a "Music City Miracle" for the Titans to see the postseason. For Fisher, that miracle starts on Sunday night. Neither Collins nor Young get the start. Instead, Fisher surprises everyone by starting Frank Wycheck, who starts the scoring by throwing a lateral on the first snap, which is picked up by the Colts Marlin Jackson and returned for a touchdown.

Manning keeps the Titans at bay for the rest of the game.

Colts win, 31-24.