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Colts lead Titans 20-14 at halftime thanks to newly-signed quarterbacks

The Colts lead the Titans 20-14 at halftime thanks to Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley, the two quarterbacks they signed this week.

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The Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 20-14 at halftime of the team's regular season finale in Indianapolis.  Believe it or not, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley played well in the first half and have led a productive offensive output - just days after being signed as free agents.

Freeman completed 10 of 18 passes for 108 yards with a touchdown and an interception (that went through Boom Herron's hands) while adding 15 yards rushing.  Lindley then came in for the two-minute situation and completed 6 of 8 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson to end the first half.  Combined, the two completed 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards and two scores with one pick.  All things considered, it has been a tremendous performance by the two after being signed this week and the Colts' coaching staff - offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen - deserve a lot of credit.

Defensively, the Colts have given up two scores but one of them was on just a five-yard drive after Freeman's interception.  So it was really just one drive that they allowed, as otherwise the Titans offense hasn't been able to do much of anything.  As long as Indy's defense keeps that going, they're in a good situation.

The Colts are also getting quite a bit of help from their special teams unit, as Pat McAfee is once again having a good game and Adam Vinatieri has hit two long field goals (from 49 and 52 yards).

In terms of the playoff parlay, most of the early games for the Colts are going the right way so far, but the one to really keep an eye on is the fact that the Texans lead the Jaguars 20-3 at halftime.  If Jacksonville can't mount the 17-point comeback, the Colts will be eliminated.  Either way, though, the Colts still have another half of football to go, and so far it has been much better than anyone could have expected.  Consider this your open thread for the second half.