Records can be misleading.
Look at the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts. Or take a quick glance at the 5-4 Tennessee Titans.
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While it might not register as a marquee matchup, there is a lot on the line. The AFC South matchup involving two teams staring up at the Houston Texans who have won six straight and sit atop the division could begin a finishing kick to the postseason or a setback that means no playoffs.
Sunday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis could very well be the most intriguing game of the week and certainly the most-watched game of the year between teams with a 4-5 and 5-4 record.
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Tennessee has won two straight and boast the NFL’s leading scoring defense. On offense, quarterback Marcus Mariota is healthy, wide receiver Corey Davis’ talent is beginning to bloom and running back Derrick Henry is running with force.
During the Titans’ modest two-game win streak, Mariota has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 468 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 122.2 quarterback rating.
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“I think it’s a lot of things,” head coach Mike Vrabel explained to the team’s website why Mariota had been playing better. “I think protection has probably been better. I think the routes have probably been better. I think his understanding of the offense, and what he is seeing is better. And I guess probably some of his health.”
Health has been a big reason for the resurgence of the Colts with Indianapolis winning three straight. Andrew Luck is looking like the Andrew Luck who set the league on fire in his first two seasons.
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“Andrew is playing right now at an elite level,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said as the team prepared to host the Titans. “The next step is to elevate the game of everyone around you, which he is doing....
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