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31.07.2019 09:55
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NASHVILLE Khari Willis Jersey , Tenn. — Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970.Beat an opponent 11 straight games.Luck has won his first 10 games against the Tennessee Titans, matching Hall of Famer John Elway, who went 10-0 against the Patriots. Another victory Sunday night would leave Luck all alone in dominating another team with an AFC wild-card berth at worst for the Colts (9-6).Not that Luck is counting on past success, especially after the Colts needed a late TD to edge the Giants 28-27 for their eighth victory in nine weeks.“What happened previously and what happened in previous years, it doesn’t matter,” Luck said. “What happened last weekend does not matter. It’s a new cycle.”Tennessee safety Kevin Byard refuses to ponder why Luck has tormented the Titans so. The Titans are 2-3 against the Colts in Byard’s three seasons — Luck missed 2017 with a shoulder injury — and four straight wins have Tennessee (9-6) a win away from a second straight postseason berth.By kickoff, they’ll all know exactly what’s at stake. The AFC South title will be up for grabs if Houston loses to Jacksonville. Even crazier for the Titans, a No. 2 seed with a first-round bye would be available if the Texans, Patriots and Ravens all lose. That’s more than enough to keep the Titans focused.“We’re just blessed to be in this position to be playing for a playoff game, so that’s all the motivation that guys need,” Byard said. “They’ll be motivated Josh Allen Jersey , we’ll be motivated. It’ll be a fun game.”Some things to know about the final game of the NFL’s regular season:MARIOTA’S STATUSThe Titans may not know if quarterback Marcus Mariota will play against the Colts. Mariota was knocked out of the Titans’ 25-16 victory over Washington last weekend with a stinger — the same injury that kept him out of a 38-10 loss Nov. 18 in Indianapolis. Mariota is optimistic he’ll play instead of backup Blaine Gabbert.“This is what it’s about,” Mariota said. “You’re playing for everything. I’m doing everything I can day and night, and just trying to make sure that I can be ready.”ONE-SIDEDThis division rivalry has been one of the most lopsided in football over the past 15 years.Since losing three straight against the Titans from 2000-02, Indianapolis is 25-6. While the Titans often came up short against University of Tennessee grad Peyton Manning, they have been even worse against Luck. It’s not just Luck and Manning who have been problematic for the Titans. Matt Hasselbeck and Dan Orlovsky, now both ESPN commentators, also beat the Titans in backup roles. Hasselbeck also played for the Titans from 2011-12.MISSING PIECESThe Titans will be without a pair of defensive starters. Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (left knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday , a week after cornerback Logan Ryan went on IR with a broken left leg. If starting linebacker Brian Orakpo misses a third straight game with an elbow injury, that would be a big hit for the NFL’s No. 2 scoring defense.Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees will be available for a unit that has allowed two offensive TDs over the past four games. Pees missed most of the first game against the Colts after being taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where he spent the night.The Colts are banged-up as well, waiting for tight end Eric Ebron to clear concussion protocol Jawaan Taylor Jersey , while center Ryan Kelly has an injured neck.DEFENDING HENRYOne difference from the last game between these teams is Derrick Henry. The Titans running back leads the NFL with 532 yards rushing and eight TD runs in December, though he had nine carries for 46 yards against the Colts in November.“He’s as good as advertised,” Colts linebacker Anthony Walker said. “He’s big, he’s explosive, and when he gets outside he’s a problem in the open field. Definitely, have to get him before he gets going.”ONE FOR THE AGESAdam Vinatieri has been achieving new feats all season and can add a couple more just three days after celebrating his 46th birthday.If the league’s oldest active player — and NFL’s new career scoring leader — simply appears Sunday, he would break a tie with Jeff Feagles (352) for the third-most games played in NFL history and become only the fourth player to participate in a game at 46. The others are George Blanda (48), Morten Andersen (47) and John Carney (46).And he may not be finished yet.Vinatieri signed a one-year contract in March to stay with the Colts and has expressed interest in continuing to play in Indy next season. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles is running the quarterback sneak until Sunday.The New York Jets coach declined Friday to announce whether Sam Darnold or Josh McCown will start at Tennessee against the Titans.Darnold is questionable as he recovers from a strained right foot, while McCown was a full participant at practice after being limited during the previous two practices because of back and right hand ailments.“I’ve kind of decided, but I’ll make it public on Sunday Josh Oliver Jersey ,” Bowles said in a display of gamesmanship.Darnold has missed the past two games, but showed progress Wednesday by participating in team drills for the first time since being injured against Miami on Nov. 4. He was limited during all three practice sessions this week.“He looks good,” Bowles said without providing details.Darnold said Wednesday his foot was feeling “a little sore,” but had no pain and was “hopeful” he’d be ready to play against the Titans.The rookie quarterback could very well be active Sunday, but as the No. 2 quarterback behind McCown.“I’ll decide that on Sunday,” Bowles said. “We’ll see where we go.”McCown is ready to play either way. His right hand was cut when he banged it on a helmet during the Jets’ loss last Sunday to New England. Davis Webb has served as his backup the last two games while Darnold has been sidelined.Webb also took snaps in team drills during the week, but it will be either McCown or Darnold under center against the Titans.Depending on whether Darnold returns this weekend or next Sunday at Buffalo, he’ll have four or five games to try to finish his rookie season on a positive note. He still leads the NFL with 14 interceptions despite missing two games, and his 55.0 completion percentage and 68.3 quarterback rating rank at or near the bottom of the league.“I think, obviously, as a rookie quarterback you don’t want to miss time just because every experience Deandre Baker Jersey , every practice, is a moment to learn,” offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said Thursday. “So, I think that hurt him a little bit as far as missing those two weeks. But he has been studying in the film room and I think he is naturally just going to keep getting better. He’s absorbing all of the information, both positive and negative. The future is really bright.”The No. 3 overall pick is still very much considered a major building block for the team, and the Jets expect even greater progress next season.“For any rookie, in the second year, it slows down mentally because that’s where the biggest learning curve is, regardless of position,” Bowles said. “So, I’m sure next year will be a lot slower because he’s been through the year.”In other injury news:— Safety Marcus Maye was ruled out for the second straight game because of shoulder and thumb injuries. Bowles said “it’s possible” Maye could have surgery on his shoulder and the team will “soon” make a decision on his status for the rest of the season.Cornerback Darryl Roberts is expected to fill Maye’s spot again after starting at safety against New England.“I thought he did decent last week , the first time out,” Bowles said. “He’s a very intelligent football player. He just loves to play the game, regardless of whether it’s corner or safety. He understands where he needs to be and where he has to be.”— Wide receiver Robby Anderson is questionable with an ankle injury that has been bothering him the last few weeks. He was injured against Minnesota in Week 7 and missed two of the next three games, but played last week against New England and had two catches for 22 yards.“We’ll warm him up beforehand (at Tennessee) and see how he feels,” Bowles said.— Running back Trenton Cannon (hamstring) and wide receiver/kick returner Andre Roberts (foot) were full participants at practice after being limited Thursday.NOTES: Bowles said the Jets have “tweaked” the offensive line “a little bit,” but Jonotthan Harrison is still expected to play at center and Spencer Long at left guard. The coach added that backup linemen Dakota Dozier and Brent Qvale could also play, depending on the packages the Jets run. “You may see some changes,” Bowles said, “and if the plays don’t come up, then you may not.” … DE Leonard Williams on the mentality of the team at 3-8 and on a five-game losing streak: “One thing I would say I’m proud of is that everyone continues to fight. I feel like it would be an easy time for people to be depressed and start bickering with each other and being down and having like a gloomy attitude around here. But everyone still comes in with a live passion and everyone seems to be playing for something still. I’ll go to war with these guys any day just because of that.”

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