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INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts have spent months preparing for Sundays showdown. Michael Kors Black Friday 2015 .Beat Houston at home and they will earn a second straight AFC South crown and have the privilege of looking at the larger playoff picture. Lose and the division chase is back in play.Its that simple, and Indianapolis isnt about to let that chance slip away now.I know coach (Bill) OBrien is going to have that team ready to go. Its the first thing they talked about coming off their last win, coach Chuck Pagano said. We understand where their mindset is and well prepare accordingly.Pagano has made no secret of how important he considers a division title, routinely calling it the easiest way into the post-season and the essential start to a playoff run.Last week, the Colts (9-4) did their part to wrap up things by rallying for a last-minute victory in Cleveland. The Texans (7-6) werent so accommodating, beating Jacksonville 27-13 to keep their slim division hopes intact.But Houston has a problem: It is 0-12 all-time in Indianapolis.The Texans couldnt beat Peyton Manning from 2002-10, couldnt beat rookie Andrew Luck in 2012 when Houston actually won the division, couldnt even beat the one-win Colts in 2011 when Dan Orlovsky was starting. And Houston has only been within one score in three of those road losses, falling losing 33-27 in 2008, 20-17 in 2009, and 19-16 in 2011.OBrien believes its time to change course.Weve never won there. Its the truth, OBrien said, referring to last weeks postgame audiotape that became an Internet hit. I said we beat Jacksonville, I feel like were playing well, and weve never won there in Indianapolis. Lets go up there and give it our best shot.On paper, its an intriguing matchup.Luck is 4-1 against his hometown team with 12 TD passes and two interceptions. Receiver T.Y. Hilton averages 122.1 yards and has six TD catches in five games against the Texans.Houston, meanwhile, relies on running back Arian Foster, who runs for 6.4 yards per carry and has four 100-yard games in seven tries against Indy. And seven of J.J. Watts 51 career sacks have come against the Colts.Who has the tougher job? That depends on the perspective.Hes damn near unblockable, batting passes down, 14 1-2 sacks, (20) tackles for loss. He does it all, Pagano said, referring to Watt. Hes a nightmare.OBrien faces a different dilemma.He (Luck) never thinks that the play is over. He competes until the last second, OBrien said. I mean, he is going after it. Hes scrambling around trying to make plays for his team.Now its time to see if the Texans can stay in the division chase, or if the Colts still have the upper hand.Here are some other things to watch Sunday:TURNOVER TEST: Indy has fumbled 13 times, losing seven in the last three weeks. Luck has thrown three interceptions during that span, too, and the Colts are ranked No. 21 in turnover margin at minus-4. Houston, in contrast, leads the NFL with 29 takeaways and needs two more to break the franchise record set in 2011.PROTECTING LUCK: Watt had two sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown against the Colts in October, when Indys offensive line was healthier. Its unclear how healthy it will be this time. Last week, the Colts finished the game without three of their starting linemen.RYANS RENAISSANCE: A month ago, Ryan Mallett replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick as Houstons quarterback. But a season-ending chest injury for Mallett has given Fitzpatrick a rare second chance and hes taken advantage. In the last two games, both wins, Fitzgerald has thrown six TD passes and no interceptions. He needs to duplicate that effort in Indy.REGGIES RECORDS: The milestones for Colts receiver Reggie Wayne keep piling up. This week, the 36-year-old receiver can break two of the most revered records in franchise history — most games played and most wins — in what may be his final regular-season home game. Wayne, who can become a free agent, is tied with Peyton Manning at 208 games and 141 wins.THE STREAK: Indy has been the AFC Souths dominant team since the division was created in 2002, finishing first eight times and second three times. A year ago, the Colts swept the division. A win Sunday would not only wrap up a ninth division crown, it would extend the NFLs longest active winning streak against division foes to 12.___AP NFL website: and Black Friday Michael Kors Handbags . Luongo will not get the start when the Canucks host the Ottawa Senators in the Heritage Classic at BC Place Stadium on Sunday. "I dont want to start going through this whole thing again," said Luongo, who has yet to start for the Canucks since returning from the Olympics. Michael Kors Bags Black Friday UK . -- Golden State Warriors backup centre Jermaine ONeal is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist Friday. INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Dixon insists that Ganassi Racing wasnt trying to bamboozle anybody. After struggling last week and failing to put a car in the fast nine for qualifying, the team led by defending Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan staged a rally on Carb Day. Kanaan was left atop the leaderboard Friday with a lap of 227.838 mph, while Dixon was next-fastest at 227.773 mph. "We definitely didnt do it on purpose," said Dixon, who will start in the middle of the fourth row Sunday. "We would like to roll out straightaway and be quick. I think we are normally." Kanaan will start on the inside of the sixth row as he attempts to become the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves in 2003. Teammate Charlie Kimball will start in the ninth row. "We feel good about it," Kanaan said. "We worked pretty hard together to make up for our Saturday qualifying. We have great people back in the engineering office at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and it really showed a little bit after qualifying and today." The turnaround by the Ganassi stable brought back memories of 2012, when the team struggled throughout the month of May. But by the time Carb Day rolled around, Dario Franchitti had posted the fastest lap of the day, and Dixon was close behind in second. That was how they would finish on Sunday. Franchitti went on to win his third Indy 500, and Takuma Satos last-lap spin into the Turn 1 wall allowed Dixon to finish second. Townsend Bell, three-time winner Helio Castroneves and rookie Mikhail Aleshin joined Kanaan and Dixon among the five fastest laps Friday. Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti were next on the speed chart, while Juan Pablo Montoya was ninth-quickest. Kurt Busch stepped into Andrettis backup car and climbed to 15th on the chart. Busch wrecked his primary car in practice on Monday, forcing his team to convert a car that Andretti had planned to use at Detroit from a road-course setup to an oval setup. "Just had to get back on my horse," said Busch, who will attempt to run the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on Sunday. "As the NASCAR guys always say, Got to thank my crew, but honestly, this is a thank-the-ccrew moment from Andretti Autosport. Michael Kors Cyber Monday Deals. " On a busy Carb Day at Indianapolis, here are five more things that happened: ANOTHER DOUBLE: As Busch becomes the fourth driver to attempt double duty, theres been speculation more NASCAR drivers may someday try the grueling feat. Buschs younger brother, Kyle, has said hell make an attempt if he ever wins a Sprint Cup championship. "I dont know why more NASCAR guys dont do it," former IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay said. "You only live once. Its two of the biggest races in the world, so why not do it?" BLOCKING RULES: An unofficial poll of drivers indicated very few want to be the leader in the closing laps of Sundays race. But Dixon and Kanaan believe murky rules mean the leader could potentially block attempts at a pass for the win without risking a penalty from race control. "We havent gotten clarification on that. You can defend now," Dixon said. If blocking occurs, Kanaan hopes it is fair. "I dont think its fair enough sometimes to be the leader that hell be exposed and hes going to lose the race because he was in the lead. It does not make any sense," Kanaan said. "There is a certain amount of defending that should be allowed." INDY IN (SLOPE)STYLE: Olympic snowboarder Nick Goepper, who took home the bronze medal at the Sochi Games, stopped by the speedway to check out the festivities. Goepper grew up near Cincinnati in Lawrenceburg, just on the Indiana side of the state line, and plans to watch Sundays race from the infield pagoda. "I remember the movie Rush that came out, the whole racing atmosphere. These guys are incredible drivers," Goepper said. "They have so much composure. Its amazing." GETTING COMFORTABLE: Paul Tracy still wants to be in a race car, but his time appears to have passed. Now, the popular Tracy has landed a part-time gig with NBC Sports Network. The original deal called for Tracy to work in the booth for six races, but it was expanded to include NBCs limited coverage of preparations for the Indianapolis 500, as well as two additional events later this season. Tracy said he struggled initially, and but "Ill get it figured out." Cheap China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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