The Indianapolis Colts find themselves in a very familiar situation, and will try to claw out of a woeful start the same way they did a year ago.
By hitting the AFC South road.
Just like last season, the Colts (0-2) opened with a loss on the road before losing their home opener. Then they went to Jacksonville and started a five-game winning streak that propelled them to the AFC championship game.
Coming off a 20-7 loss to the Jets in Indianapolis, the Colts visit the Titans on Sunday in Tennessee's home opener hoping history holds as the two-time AFC South champs hit the divisional portion of their schedule.
Andrew Luck may have a league-high five interceptions, but the quarterback has simply dominated this division. The Titans have never beaten him in six tries the past three seasons, not that Luck is taking that streak for granted.
"Every year so much changes in the NFL, and even between games, so much can change," Luck said. "So it's definitely a year-by-year, game-by-game thing."
The Titans (1-1) actually are tied atop the division with Jacksonville in a very surprising turn for a franchise coming off its worst season since 1994 at 2-14. This is the Titans' first chance at Luck with the guy they hope is their franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The rookie already has the most touchdown passes (six) in NFL history in his first two career games, and Mariota leads the NFL with a 129.9 passer rating even after a 28-14 loss at Cleveland last week.
Tennessee linebacker Derrick Morgan said it's awesome to play with a great offense and a great quarterback.
"Marcus gives us an aspect of our team that we didn't have necessarily in the past, and he's doing a great job," Morgan said. "He showed some real courage (last week) just battling through, getting hit, getting sacked and getting back up. (I) have a lot of respect for him."