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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Trying to climb to respectability, the Tennessee Titans are at a crucial moment with two games in five days -- both in the AFC South.First, they must end a woeful skid Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the division rival that has tormented them the most in recent years before they can even worry about Jacksonville in a primetime game on Oct. 27.I think guys know whats at hand, and we know the opportunity that we have coming into the next two games, Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said.We know the urgency that this organization expects out of us, and the mindset that we need going into the game to make sure we do take advantage of the opportunity.This is only the second time the Titans (3-3) have been at .500 this late in a season since 2011, churning through two coaches, two general managers and a handful of quarterbacks in that span.They got to this point by holding off the winless Browns 28-26 last week and are second in the division.The struggling Colts (2-4) are stuck in the AFC South cellar, having blown a 14-point lead late in regulation of a 26-23 overtime loss in Houston.Against the Titans, Indianapolis has won nine straight and 14 of the past 15.Andrew Luck has never lost to Tennessee, rallying the Colts to their first win, 35-33, last season after an 0-3 start. Luck insists past success will not lead to overconfidence.Theres absolutely zero bearing on what happened the previous year, and even within a season, Luck said. What happened last week, the first time we played the opponent, has zero bearing on the next one.Here are some things to watch from the Colts and Titans:RECORD CHASE: At age 43, the NFLs oldest player is kicking at an uncanny rate. Adam Vinatieri is one of only two players in league history to make more than 40 consecutive field goals and can break Mike Vanderjagts NFL record (42) with two more field goals at Tennessee, a team he has been almost flawless against. Since 2008, Vinatieri is 32 of 34 on field goals against the Titans.RARE COMPANY: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota ranks second only to Detroits Matthew Stafford (119.3) for passer rating inside an opponents 20-yard line since the start of the 2015 season with a 113.8 rating and 22 touchdowns with no interceptions. Luck ranks fourth (109.3) with 18 TD passes and one interception. Mariota also has thrown at least three TD passes in six of his first 18 starts, the fifth quarterback in NFL history to do that. He can join Kurt Warner, Dan Marino and Daunte Culpepper as the only quarterbacks to do that in their first 19 games with three more TDs on Sunday.RECEIVER TROUBLE: Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton has continued playing despite being hobbled by a knee. His teammates havent been as fortunate. No. 2 receiver Donte Moncrief hasnt played since Week 2 because of a fractured shoulder blade. No. 3 receiver Phillip Dorsett couldnt finish last weeks game because of a hamstring injury and No. 4 receiver Quan Bray (ankle) went on injured reserve Tuesday. Starting tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) also could miss this weeks game. The injuries forced Indy to make a flurry of roster moves Tuesday.TRIPLE THREAT: DeMarco Murray ranks second in the NFL with 698 yards from scrimmage, helping the Titans rank third in the league in averaging 146.7 yards rushing per game. Mariota has run for at least 60 yards in each of his past two games, and rookie Derrick Henry is averaging 4.4 yards per carry off the bench.Its triple-option football, if you will, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.SACK TIME: The Titans have had six sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2010. Luck has been sacked a league-high 23 times, and linebacker Brian Orakpo already has matched his sack total for all of last season with seven. If Orakpo adds another Sunday, he would be the first Tennessee player with a sack in six straight games since Jevon Kearse in 2003.---AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalkerAir Max 720 Canada Online . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. Wholesale Air Max 720 . After Martin Skrtel put the Reds in front from close range at Stamford Bridge after only four minutes, Hazard hit back in the 17th with a superb strike. Etoo gave Jose Mourinhos team a decisive lead from Oscars back pass in the 34th. http://www.airmax720outletcanada.com/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. Air Max 720 Sale . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. Air Max 720 Outlet Online . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69.BALTIMORE -- Two out of three aint bad -- unless youre looking to make some headway in the crowded AL playoff race.The Baltimore Orioles sputtered in the clutch Sunday, and the resulting 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees ruined their bid for a three-game sweep.Coming off an 8-0 win on Friday night and a 2-0 victory Saturday, the Orioles missed a chance to sustain the momentum before hitting the road.Were trying to win games. You beat them twice and youre trying to beat them a third time, manager Buck Showalter said. We just didnt have much offensively.The Orioles stranded nine and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.After falling behind 4-0 in the fourth inning, Baltimore closed to 4-2 before wasting an opportunity to complete the comeback in the fifth.Adam Jones led off with a single and scored on a double by Pedro Alvarez. Luis Severino (2-8) replaced starter Michael Pineda and struck out Manny Machado before issuing two straight walks to load the bases. Steve Pearce struck out and Matt Wieters chopped a grounder to second base to end the threat.Baltimore got only one more hit the rest of the way.Before this series, the Orioles had lost five of seven. So while failing to complete the sweep wasnt ideal, at least Baltimore could take consolation in being in position to do so.I mean, Im trying to keep a positive mind frame, first baseman Chris Davis said. We won the series and well move forward.Baltimore is tied with Detroit for the second AL wild-card slot, but the loss dropped the Orioles three games out of first place in the AL East.After being shut out three consecutive times by the Orioles over a seven-day span, the Yankees promptly put an end to the streak with a three-run first inning.Wade Miley (8-12) walked the first two batters and struck out the next two before Chase Headley hit an RBI single. A wild pitch and a two-run single by Austin Romine followed.ddddddddddddHeadley singled home a run in the fourth, and Pearce hit a run-scoring grounder in the bottom half.Brett Gardner made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.The victory was huge for the Yankees, who came to town after winning four straight series.You cant afford to lose three in a row to these guys, manager Joe Girardi said. We know they play really well in this building. We lost a tough one (Saturday) night. To be able to bounce back is important. It keeps us alive.Indeed, the young, retooled Yankees remain a part of the playoff picture, trailing Baltimore and Detroit by 3 1/2 games for the final wild card.Severino (2-8) pitched two strong innings of relief and Dellin Betances, the fifth New York reliever, got four outs for his eighth save.TRAINERS ROOMYankees: SS Didi Gregorius was held out of the starting lineup after absorbing some bumps and bruises during the series. His arm is sore where hes been hit the past few days, Girardi said. . 1B Mark Teixeira doesnt usually play in day games after playing the previous night, and thus was given Sunday off. Commenting on the ice pack Teixeira had on his neck before the game, Girardi said, He deals with his neck, he deals with his knee. Its not what you want, but its the reality.Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (shoulder) threw off a mound and remains on course to come off the disabled list on Sept. 11.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-4, 3.12 ERA) opens a three-game series against visiting Toronto on Monday. New York is 3-9 against the Blue Jays this season, losing all four series.Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46) starts Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay. Baltimore is 29-37 on the road, 3-3 at Tampa Bay. ' ' '

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