Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass in front of a Colts defender at Lucas Oil Stadium
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 22: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Quincy Wilson #31 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

What Does Julio Jones to the Titans Mean for the Colts Playoff Hopes?

If you thought playing the Tennessee Titans and contending with them in the AFC South was tough before, man do we have some added anxiety for you.

How does defending a three-headed monster of Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and now Julio Jones sound?

Not great, honestly.

That’s what the Indianapolis Colts now have to face twice a year. Thankfully, Tennessee gave up the fifth most total yards per game on average in 2020. But in a year where you literally need a division championship, Carson Wentz will have to be ready.

The great Colts insider for The Fan Kevin Bowen dropped by The Fan Morning Show on Monday to chat with Jeff Rickard and Big Joe Staysniak about how the Jones trade will shake up the party this year.

The Titans are going to be spooky.

“Jones averaged nearly 12 yards per target last season,” Bowen said. “That’s not per catch, per target. So you just throw the ball at Julio and he’s producing yards at a very high rate. If for some reason Henry goes down, they now have a wide-out group that can withstand that. I look at Tennessee now right up there with anybody in the AFC. It’s loaded.”

Mike Vrabel now has multiple options offensively.

Add that to the fact that Henry has stayed astoundingly healthy during his career, the Titans could truly project as a club that can compete with the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

“The Colts definitely have to get it done against the Titans defensively in the trenches,” Bowen added. “In the Matt Eberflus era, the Colts have done well against the run in general. But Henry has had a lot of really good days against them. DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart are going to have to step up.”

You heard it from KB.

Have your calendars marked for September 26, as well as the afternoon of Halloween. It’s on.

Tune into The Fan Morning Show weekdays from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

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