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Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars-Miami Dolphins matchup at EverBank Field features two teams coming off big victories and searching for something neither has had in a while: a winning streak.

The Jaguars haven't won back-to-back games since Weeks 12-14 of the 2013 season, and the Dolphins haven't accomplished that since Weeks 13-15 of last season. Even worse for the Jaguars: They haven't won back-to-back home games since the 2011 season.

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker and Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco break down the matchup.

Michael DiRocco: Everyone in Jacksonville is convinced Blake Bortles is the franchise quarterback the team has needed. What's the feeling in Miami on Ryan Tannehill?

James Walker: Just like Tannehill's play, the mood has been up and down on Miami's starting quarterback. There was a lot of optimism entering this season that Tannehill would carry Miami's offense. The Dolphins hired a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor, who helped quickly develop Nick Foles last season in Philadelphia. So many Dolphins fans, perhaps prematurely, expected quick results from Tannehill, as well. But it's been a slow progression in his third season. He was average for the first three games. Then, Tannehill started to put together better performances against the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Last week was really the first time in 38 starts that I felt Tannehill was the best player on the field. He started with 14 straight completions, which Tannehill told me he's never done at any level to start a game. He appears to be turning the corner and clicking in this new offense. But the bottom line is Tannehill is still 18-20 as a starter. Gaining consistency over these next 10 games will be key.

I'm not sure if the Jaguars getting their first win makes them more or less dangerous to upset the Dolphins. What are your thoughts?

DiRocco: If you had asked me this question on Sunday night, I would have said more dangerous. The defense just played its best game, and the offense took advantage of some Cleveland turnovers and scored a season-high 24 points despite Bortles playing his worst game. Things had been starting to come together for the Jaguars in the previous two weeks, and they finally put a complete game together, eliminated mistakes and made big plays. But the loss of middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (torn pectoral muscle) for the rest of the season and defensive end Andre Branch (groin) for at least six weeks is a huge blow. It's almost as if this team is snakebitten. They get some good news (a victory) but can't enjoy it because of the injuries. That will definitely impact the team's psyche because there are so many young players (29 first- or second-year players) who haven't been through a situation like this before.

How does the return of Dion Jordan impact the defense? Will that help Cameron Wake?

Walker: I don't expect a huge impact from Jordan right away. Six weeks is a long time to be away from football, especially during a suspension when you can't communicate with coaches or have a playbook. Jordan practiced with the team for the first time since Aug. 28 on Tuesday and a lot has changed. Backups such as Derrick Shelby, Chris McCain and Terrence Fede have stepped forward and developed. Miami's defense also added a few wrinkles since the summer. Jordan has a lot of catching up to do. The practice week is still ongoing, and how he responds physically and mentally will be key. If Jordan sees action Sunday in Jacksonville, his biggest contribution would most likely be on special teams until he gets his legs under him.

How much will the loss of Posluszny impact Jacksonville's defense?

DiRocco: As mentioned before, it's huge, and it goes beyond what he does on the field. Posluszny has his limitations in pass coverage, but he's a fantastic two-down linebacker. He's a tackling machine, one of the team's leaders, one of the team's smartest players, is responsible for calling the defensive plays and is the Jaguars' best defensive player. There's no way the Jaguars will be able to replace his production or leadership, especially since they're going to be relying on players who have mainly contributed on special teams (J.T. Thomas and LaRoy Reynolds). Though the Jaguars' defensive line has played pretty well, not having Posluszny makes the run defense considerably weaker -- not good since the Dolphins are fourth in the NFL in rushing.

The Dolphins had a big win in Chicago last week. Was that an aberration or are they legitimate contenders for a playoff spot?

Walker: I won't put the Dolphins into the "contender" category until they can at least win two games in a row -- a feat they have yet to do this season. The Dolphins are in that middle of the pack with about 12-15 other teams about which you're not sure what to expect week to week. There have been times -- such as wins against the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots -- when the Dolphins have looked like contenders. There is certainly enough talent, especially when the quarterback is playing well, but Miami hasn't developed enough consistency to this point to inspire confidence this is a 10-win team. We will learn a lot about the Dolphins with how they respond Sunday in Jacksonville.

Have the Jaguars finally found a spot for Denard Robinson at running back?

DiRocco: It appears so, although I don't think you're going to see him get the kind of workload he did against Cleveland (22 carries) on a consistent basis. Though he's the most explosive of the Jaguars' backs, he's not used to carrying the ball that many times. Carrying the ball as a running back is different than carrying it as a quarterback, the way he did during his career at Michigan. And, he's not used to taking the kind of pounding he did on Sunday. When Toby Gerhart returns from a foot injury (which should be Sunday), Robinson's carries will decrease, though he should still be the No. 1 back. I'd also like to see him used more on the edge and in the passing game, where he can use his open-field abilities a little more.

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Texans vs. Titans preview

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They are two teams with new head coaches trying to install big changes.

The Houston Texans are only 3-4, but it’s a mark that has them in second place in the AFC South.

The Tennessee Titans could pull even with the Texans with a win Sunday at LP Field.

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli and Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky got together to discuss the game.

Paul Kuharsky: Ken Whisenhunt’s culture change in Tennessee is a slow process featuring a lot of talk about things being a process. How do you rate the pace of Bill O’Brien’s impact with a similar culture-changing project?

Tania Ganguli: I think that's also a work in progress here. Players liked his style when he became their coach. He made some changes that gave them less freedom, but everything he did was with a purpose. He kept players in the team hotel for training camp and he arranged the trip to Denver, when the team spent a week together after training camp, both for team-building purposes. It's hard to change a team's mentality, though. I still heard a few players in the postgame locker room in Pittsburgh bring up last season after losing that game, and comparing the way they felt then to now. It seemed a bit ominous to me because those players forgetting all about last season's disaster is important so they don't fall into some of those same mental patterns of expecting something to go wrong.

Same question to you. You say Tennessee's process is slow, but are you seeing signs that the culture is actually changing? And what culture needed to change?

Paul Kuharsky: I think in a lot of ways guys have become immune to losing and content with gradual, incremental progress. The trade of Akeem Ayers to New England for next to nothing spoke to one issue. A guy in a contract year showed little fight and determination to change his standing with coaches, and the Titans were relieved to get him off the roster. Guard Chance Warmack isn’t a bad guy, but he hasn’t played up to his first-round pedigree and told me last week he’s not frustrated by the pace of his progress, that it’s a process at a developmental position. Too many guys think like that, and it doesn’t give off the sense of urgency for which Whisenhunt is looking. Yes, it’s a process. It’s a too-slow process so far.

J.J. Watt is a singular force, but The Wall Street Journal recently illustrated that his best work doesn’t correlate very well with wins. Just how much can he influence a good game for Houston? What’s the chance we see Jadeveon Clowney work with him in Nashville?

Tania Ganguli: His good games influence the Texans in a big way, but he can't do it alone, especially against capable quarterbacks. One thing quarterbacks consistently say about Watt is that he changes the way they have to play. He changes how quickly they have to get rid of the ball and how aware they have to be. Good quarterbacks and experienced quarterbacks are better at handling that and exposing holes in coverage and such than younger or bad quarterbacks, so Watt's impact tends to be greater against teams whose quarterbacks fall in the latter group. There's a decent chance Clowney will work with him in Nashville. I didn't expect him Monday night because he didn't practice basically all week and got his feet wet on Friday. He'll practice all this week.

So, do the Titans have a better chance with Zach Mettenberger than with Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst ?

Paul Kuharsky: Whisenhunt is making the bold move. There is certainly a nice upside with Mettenberger, and he fits the Whisenhunt quarterback mold. First and foremost, he will want to stand tall in the pocket and deliver passes, and he's got a giant arm. If it goes well, there is a new hope. If it doesn't, they can talk of working for the future. I looked at the upcoming schedule and saw reasons to be protective of the rookie. Having Watt working against struggling right tackle Michael Oher and average right guard Chance Warmack puts Mettenberger at some risk. But a rookie signal-caller playing for a bad team is going to face some brand of risk in virtually every game, and at some point a team simply needs to let him take that plunge. So we've reached that point. He'll probably get hit by those defenders. He'll also probably hit a big play or two against a team that's given them up.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was with the Titans last year and he threw too many picks. Ken Whisenhunt thought Whitehurst would be a better veteran backup. How’s Fitzpatrick run the offense and can we expect to see one of the younger alternatives starting this season?

Tania Ganguli: Fitzpatrick still throws picks. When he's not doing that, he's done some nice things. He's mobile enough to keep a play alive, he's tough and willing to sacrifice his body a bit. But that's a big thing to remove from the equation. His turnovers come at very inopportune times. A fumble against the Colts ended the Texans' comeback bid. He threw an interception against the Steelers during that 24-point hailstorm to end the first half. The way Texans coach Bill O'Brien explained that play was interesting. He said he and quarterbacks coach George Godsey expected that Fitzpatrick would have a checkdown available on that play, but because of some mistakes with routes the play didn't unfold as they had hoped. Of course, when your options break down, the only choice isn't to throw an interception, and that play really showed one of Fitzpatrick's limitations.

The Texans lead the league in forced turnovers, but only have a margin of plus-2 because they turn the ball over at a high rate. Will the Titans be able to take advantage of Houston's trouble with ball security? And will it help that they know Fitzpatrick well?

Paul Kuharsky: The Titans are right there with a plus-2. They had some significant takeaways in Washington, one that followed a terrible dropped interception, bailing out cornerback Jason McCourty. I don’t know that they have a big advantage facing Fitzpatrick, though a couple of guys such as McCourty and safeties Michael Griffin and George Wilson might have a special sense of something they can predict and jump. Everyone playing good defense should have chances against Fitzpatrick who the Titans know firsthand has a propensity for forcing it.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy still hasn’t made an appearance at Bank of America Stadium since going on the commissioner’s exempt list in mid-September, but not because he’s not welcome.

“We haven’t asked him to stay away," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday. “At the same time, we’re letting him take care of his business."

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Rivera has maintained optimism that the team’s 2013 sack leader will be reinstated once his domestic violence case is heard. The case remains scheduled for Nov. 17, the week Carolina is on a bye.

Hardy’s attorney, Chris Fialko, said Wednesday he continues to get ready for the Nov. 17 date.

Fialko said on July 15, when he announced Hardy would appeal the guilty verdict of a Mecklenburg County judge, that there are several older cases that could push Hardy’s case into 2015.

If Hardy’s case is heard on schedule and he is found innocent, he would be eligible to return for the final five games.

“I believe, from what I’ve been told, he’s been working out and doing the things he needs to do," Rivera said. “Hopefully, when things are all worked out and everything comes to a conclusion, everybody can go forward."

Asked if he had any idea when Hardy might make an appearance, Rivera said, “At the appropriate time."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Denard Robinson carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 24-6 victory over Cleveland last Sunday.

He might have more touches in Sunday’s game against Miami. Or fewer.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch isn’t yet sure how the carries will be split with Toby Gerhart expected to make his return for a foot injury. Robinson could get the bulk of the work again, or it could be the Gerhart show. Rookie Storm Johnson could get more work.

"I think we’ll continue to mix and match a little bit," Fisch said Wednesday. "I don’t know exactly how that will all play out yet."

Gerhart practiced Wednesday on a limited basis after being held out of the last two games in order to give his right foot time to heal. He first injured the foot in the season opener against Philadelphia and aggravated the injury against Pittsburgh on Oct. 5. The Jaguars signed him to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March to be the team’s No. 1 back, but the injury and offensive line struggles have limited him to 123 yards and 2.6 yards per carry in five games.

The Jaguars started Johnson against Tennessee on Oct. 12 and he gained just 21 yards on 10 carries; Robinson rushed for 22 yards on five carries. That production, plus the continued improvement Robinson has shown throughout the season in his transition from college quarterback to running back, earned him the start against the Browns.

"He showed that he is understanding the run game better," Fisch said. "He is understanding the stretch and cut, he’s understanding the stretch and bounce and understanding when you’re running outside zone, what’s your reads? Even earlier in the season, maybe we missed a read because we were too fast to the hole and the block didn’t develop quick enough. I think he’s understanding that and he’s understanding when he’s running inside he’s got to run with lower pad level and continue to protect the football."

Robinson averaged 5.8 yards per carry against the Browns in the most work he’s received in his career. He had never carried the ball more than nine times in any game, so Robinson was the most sore he’s been in his two-year NFL career on Monday.

"Got in the cold tub yesterday, stretched out a little bit, so I felt pretty good," Robinson said.

The former Michigan quarterback isn’t dwelling on his performance, though. He didn’t even revel in it on Sunday night.

"You’ve got to move forward," he said. "Right after the game I really wanted to move forward and watch film and try to break it down to see things I could have worked on. There was a couple plays I left out on the football field. I want to get better so I’ve got to make it happen this week."

Robinson and the running game will face a much tougher defense this Sunday. The Dolphins have the league’s fourth-ranked total defense and are ranked 10th against the rush. That doesn’t change Fisch’s commitment to run the ball because the passing game is predicated on play-action. How they split the carries, however, is still undetermined.

"I’m not ready to say that one yet," Fisch said. "It depends on how he [Robinson] is carrying the ball, I guess. I will take 22 for 120. If he wants to do that again, I’m all in."
INDIANAPOLIS – The MRI done on Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne’s left elbow didn’t show significant damage, coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.

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Wayne didn’t practice Wednesday because that’s his normal rest day and the Colts are calling him day-to-day when it comes to his availability for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pagano said they’ll be fine if Wayne, who missed the final nine games of the 2013 season with a torn ACL, is forced to miss any time.

“I feel great,” Pagano said. “You have a guy like [Hakeem] Nicks who has been on a Super Bowl championship team. Caught a lot of passes in his career. We all know what Donte [Moncrief] is capable of doing. I feel really good.”

Nicks, who has gotten off to a slow start in his first season with the Colts, would slide into the No. 2 receiver role if Wayne doesn’t play.

“He comes here every day with his hat on, lunch pail, ready to work,” Pagano said about Nicks. “He’s a competitive guy. We have a ton of competitive guys in that locker room. They all want to contribute and they all want to make plays. He understands that. He’ll be ready no matter when his number is called. He knows his stuff; he practices hard, prepares hard.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars guard Zane Beadles played with Peyton Manning for two seasons in Denver, so he did take a moment on Sunday night to send Manning a congratulatory text message after Manning broke Brett Favre's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Not only is Beadles glad he got to spend time as Manning's teammate, he's also grateful because he says Manning helped his career.

"I learned so much playing with him and playing in Denver as far as how to approach teams and how to attack defenses, and just learned a lot about football in general and watching him work and prepare and things like that," Beadles said. "He epitomizes what it means to be a pro. Like I said, ultimate respect and very happy for him."

Beadles said that Manning's preparation level is every bit as intense as advertised and he benefited from playing with a quarterback like that.

"I had a great experience there and a great time there and I think playing with him made me a better player, so I appreciate that," Beadles said.

 
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson knew his first touchdown catch would come eventually.

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He had just hoped it would have been a lot sooner.

But he finally got it in last Sunday’s 24-6 victory over Cleveland, and he hopes it’s going to open the floodgates for not only him but the rest of the offense to find the end zone a lot more.

"Just to get that first one out of the way, it’s always good to kind of break that ice and just to continue to improve and keep rolling," Robinson said.

Robinson, who leads the Jaguars with 34 catches and 371 yards receiving, certainly made his first TD catch count. He caught an 11-yard pass from Blake Bortles, broke the tackle of cornerback Buster Skrine at the 20-yard line and scored to put the Jaguars ahead 7-6 with 27 seconds remaining in the first half. The Jaguars never trailed after that.

Robinson’s celebration for his first NFL touchdown was pretty low key. Just a small dance in the back corner of the end zone that lasted only a few seconds.

"I know me and [Allen] Hurns had talked about it a little bit," Robinson said. "I was surprised Hurns didn’t do it on his first 9touchdown). I was just able to do that on mine."

The Film Don't Lie: Texans

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The Houston Texans will face the Tennessee Titans in what's another winnable game Sunday, but without fixing the mistakes they made Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning anywhere will be difficult.

The most costly mistake that keeps repeating itself is the turnover mistake. The Texans lead the league in takeaways with 15, but have only a plus-two turnover margin, having given up the ball 13 times. And there is a theme in those plays.

"I think you're looking at three guys that really are trying to make a play," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said of fumbles by Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins in the past two games. "... Of course, you want these guys to take care of the football better, but I think these guys are pressing to try to make a play and we've got to make sure that they know, at the end of the day, ball security is the most important thing."

Though O'Brien spoke specifically about the Texans' recent rash of fumbles, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has attributed interceptions to his trying too hard to make a big play.

The motivation behind trying to stretch for extra yards, hoping you can keep trusting your hands, is a good one for the Texans. But methodical and mistake-free play (or at least fewer mistakes) might have changed the outcome of two games the Texans lost by less than a touchdown.

Jadeveon Clowney closing in on return

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ESPN Houston Texans reporter Tania Ganguli talks about No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney’s recovery from knee surgery and his status for Sunday’s game against the Titans.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne has a message for those worried about his injured elbow: Don't panic.

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Wayne, who injured his elbow on his first reception in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, said on his weekly radio show Tuesday on 1260-AM WNDE in Indianapolis that he's still waiting on the MRI results to get the extent of his injury.

"I'm just like everybody else, waiting," he said on the show. "But I feel pretty good. ... I'll be fine. Everything will be alright. I can still do the wave and do everything else. I'll be alright."

Wayne won't practice Wednesday because coach Chuck Pagano has given him that day off each week of the season.

What about Wayne's status for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers?

"It's too early," he said. "Let me tell you this, if I'm not out there that means I probably would be hurting the team. I'm going to do everything I possibly can to rehab, get right. I'm going to wait for the doctors and see what they say. After I hear from them doctors, I'm going to hear from another set of doctors. We can all put our thoughts together and come to a conclusion."

T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief will get more targets from quarterback Andrew Luck if Wayne is required to miss any games.

The injury occurred when Luck completed a pass to Wayne and he landed awkwardly on his elbow after Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey pulled him to the ground. Wayne immediately signaled to be taken out the game on the play.

Wayne returned and finished with four catches for only 15 yards.

"It just didn't feel right, didn't feel like it did before the game and I just wanted the doctors to take a look at it during the game because so much is going on," Wayne said. "You want to be out there so bad, so I didn't have much time to have a doctor go into much depth as far as examining it after it happened, so I just told them to give me a sleeve. Put a sleeve on, played three more quarters with it and just finished the game as much as I could."
After the Texans' 30-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a common postgame question centered around the ridiculousness of what happened to conclude the first half.

Have you ever been part of something like that?

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesThe Texans have given up 24-point quarters in consecutive games.
Most said no, or that they couldn't remember. It's worth pointing out, though, the Texans also gave up 24 points in a quarter last week to Indianapolis (just not as quickly). Here's a fact: What the Texans have experienced in the past two weeks is something that hasn't even happened in the lifetimes of most of their players. The last time it happened, Bill O'Brien was in high school.

For a team to give up 24 points in a quarter is unusual. For a team to do it in consecutive weeks is, well...

According to Elias Sports Bureau, prior to the Texans this season, the last team to allow 24 points in a quarter in consecutive games was the Packers in 1986. They did it in losses to the Vikings (42-7) and Bengals (34-28) in Weeks 4 and 5 of the season.

Since the Texans' inception in 2002, there hasn't been a single team to allow 24-point quarters in more than two games in an entire season.

It happened in different ways each time. The Colts' scoring explosion, driven by Andrew Luck and receiver TY Hilton, was aided by an onside kick after their first quick touchdown. That move totally caught the Texans off guard and helped the Colts go up 24-0 in the first quarter before the Texans answered.

Of course, last night's second-quarter catastrophe started with the defense allowing a few big plays, and got worse when offensive turnovers gave the Steelers the ball inside Houston's 10 twice.

The results both times, though, were too much for the Texans to overcome. And if the Texans aren't careful, they would find themselves on the wrong side of history if it happened again.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What’s the value of a guy who hasn’t played in five of his team’s seven games and ranks fourth among outside linebackers on a team getting minimal production from the position?

The Titans are getting the Patriots' sixth-round pick in next year's draft in exchange for Akeem Ayers and a the Titans' seventh-round pick, as long as he passes a physical.

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The trade does not have any conditions connected to it.

Good job by the Titans getting something for a guy who’s in a contract year and contributing nothing.

Bad job for the Titans turning a second-round draft pick into much less.

I suspect the move speaks to the ongoing attempt to change the culture of the Titans. Ayers showed no fire and made no strong move to force his way into the lineup even as others at his position have been unproductive. He should have been working tirelessly to show coaches he needed to be active and on the field with the defense. Ayers did no such thing.

This isn’t a huge message-sender, but his teammates should see the team looked for and found a way to divorce Ayers despite needing help at his spot.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was a year ago today that there was a lot of uneasiness inside the Indianapolis Colts organization after it become official that receiver Reggie Wayne’s season had ended because of a torn ACL.

That’s because the Colts had no idea who would step up at receiver besides T.Y. Hilton.

The Colts haven’t given an update on his MRI from Monday, but Wayne, who injured his left arm against Cincinnati on Sunday, could miss this week’s game at Pittsburgh. If that’s the case, the Colts might have to decide if they want to hold Wayne out until after the bye week on Nov. 9 because their final game before the bye is at the New York Giants on Nov. 3 if he ends up being out against the Steelers.

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The Colts are better prepared this time around if Wayne has to miss some time. Hilton is third in the league in receiving yards with 711. Unlike last year when Darrius Heyward-Bey was momentarily elevated to the No. 2 receiver before being demoted, Hakeem Nicks will be able to handle the role. Nicks has gotten off to a slow start this season. He didn't have a reception against the Bengals.

Quarterback Andrew Luck also has rookie Donte Moncrief and tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener to throw the ball to. The Colts are coming off a season-high 171 yards rushing and are averaging 123.3 yards a game on the ground. That's why they have the top-ranked offense in the league.

The hope for the Colts is that Wayne doesn’t have to miss an extended period of time, but if that’s the case, they’re in a good position to survive without him.

The Film Don't Lie: Titans

October, 21, 2014
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To beat the Houston Texans Sunday at LP Field, the Tennessee Titans need to keep their offense in situations that need 10 yards or fewer to sustain a drive.

In the loss at the Washington Redskins, the Titans ran 13 plays on which they needed 13 yards or more for a new set of downs. That's 13 of 49 offensive plays -- nearly 27 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Six of nine Titans possessions featured such a scenario, and they managed just three points out of those six series. On the three series they did not set themselves back, they came away with 14 points.

It's not a particularly good offense out of manageable downs and distances. The odds are low of converting drives that feature especially difficult down and distances.

To make things easier on Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst, the offensive penalties have to be far less frequent.

The Titans have to move the ball steadily forward with a lot more frequency against the Texans if they are going to find their third win of the season and their second against an AFC South foe.

The Film Don't Lie: Colts

October, 21, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Steelers proved on Monday that they can take advantage of an opponent’s mistakes to come back from a double-digit deficit when they fell behind 10-0 to the Houston Texans and came back to win the game 30-23.

The Indianapolis Colts took note of that as they watched the game.

The Colts had every opportunity to bury the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of their 27-0 victory on Sunday, only to squander their chances.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was stripped of the ball trying to gain extra yards in the red zone. Quarterback Andrew Luck fumbled trying to hand the ball off to running back Trent Richardson. Luck got a break when he threw a pass right at a Bengals defender, only to have him drop it in the red zone.

The Colts are just 14th in the league in red zone efficiency. They know not being able to take advantage of their opportunities inside the 20-yard line will eventually catch up with them at some point.

“We’ll address it when they get back in here Wednesday and try to eliminate those things because again, ‘It don’t catch up until it catches up with you’ is what we say,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “So we’ve got to get it cleaned up ... score touchdowns, because you can’t let people hang around. In the National Football League, it doesn’t matter ... [the] offense’s job is to move the ball, move the chains and score points.”

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