NASHVILLE - Philip Rivers threw for 308 yards and a touchdown, and Nyheim Hines scored twice as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 34-17 Thursday night to grab the head-to-head edge atop the AFC South.
The Colts (6-3) will host the rematch in Indianapolis on Nov. 29 after helping coach Frank Reich improve to 4-1 against Titans coach Mike Vrabel. Indianapolis now is 14-5 at Nissan Stadium.
Indianapolis came in with the NFL's best defense in terms of fewest yards allowed. The Colts smothered a Tennessee offense that had been averaging 384.6 yards a game, 10th best in the NFL, and 29 points a game, seventh best. E.J. Speed also blocked a punt that T.J. Carrie returned 6 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
"We get a huge special teams touchdown and then offensively, shoot, we were rolling pretty good all day," Rivers said. "We were very balanced, kind of got in a rhythm. … This was a huge road division win."
TERESA M. WALKER