With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, there won't be any Eyes in the Backfield this week, but I did get a chance to chat with our good friend, Tom Gower.
Tom Gower is one of the best analytical minds covering an NFL team. His work on Total Titans is always strong, and you can find him weekly on the Football Outsiders Scramble for the Ball column as well. Be sure to follow Tom on Twitter too. You can check TotalTitans.com for my answers to Tom's questions.
As a side note, Tom will be in town for the game with me. If you are interested in meeting him during the game, come by section 614, row 3 and say hi.
CA: Looking back on the first game between these two teams, it feels like a big missed opportunity missed for the Titans. If you could go back and flip just one factor from the first game to change the script in the second, what would it be?
TG: Having Devon Wylie not fumble a kickoff to take away an offensive possession and give the Colts a short field. The first game was very even aside from that, with both teams moving the ball very well at times and on their other drives not having any consistent success moving the chains. This was kind of subsumed by the overwhelmingly narrative way in which the game proceeded, going from 17-3 to 20-17 so quickly.
Figuring out a way to do a better job on Coby Fleener would also be a good thing to do in the rematch. That task will be tougher if safety Michael Griffin is indeed suspended, though I thought strong safety Bernard Pollard was likely the player at fault on his biggest completions. The Titans played without Griffin against the Rams due to injury and dared Kellen Clemens to throw the ball into tight zone windows. I don't think they'd try the same thing against Andrew Luck, but you never know.