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The Titans will be honoring two of the greatest players in franchise history this Sunday when they retire the numbers of Eddie George and the late Steve McNair.It should make for an emotional moment and the Titans could use an emotional lift as they’ll be facing the Colts in an AFC South matchup. Those matchups have not gone well for the Titans of late as the Colts have won 18 of the last 21 games between the teams.George addressed that history when he spoke to the team after their practice on Thursday.“There are games that you take as business Christian Wilkins Jersey , and then there are games you take as personal,” George said, via the . “Take this game personal. Indianapolis, for a long time, has been a thorn in their side, has been a hurdle that they’ve had to overcome. . . . Now they can establish themselves and say Michael Deiter Jersey , ‘Hey, we’re for real. They can go out and prove they can win consecutive weeks and be consistent.”The Titans last opened the season with two straight wins in 2008 and that season ended with a 13-3 record and a division title. Winning this Sunday obviously doesn’t guarantee the same outcome, but it’s a lot better than the alternative. OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are still fighting to end a three-year playoff drought even though they are riding their longest winning streak of the season.The Ravens hold a one-game lead for the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) also is within a half-game of the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North after the Ravens’ 26-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.It was their third in a row behind rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. He has emerged as a playmaker since taking over for Joe Flacco, who is battling a hip injury.Baltimore faces its toughest test of the season this week when the Ravens take on the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs.Flacco still has to be cleared by doctors to potentially play in that game. In the meantime, Jackson has shown that he can effectively lead the Ravens offense.“He’s getting better Daniel Jones Jersey ,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said or Jackson during the coach’s Monday news conference. “Football is like that, especially with that position. You do it practice and that’s one thing, but there’s nothing like the game. The game is where you learn the lessons kind of the hard way.“He made a few mistakes that are well-documented. He’ll learn from it just like the week before.”The Ravens have run for more than 200 yards in each of the last three games. The emergence of Gus Edwards, an undrafted rookie from Rutgers, has coincided with that success. He had two consecutive 100-yard performances before finishing with 82 yards on 21 carries against the Falcons.Edwards has taken over the starting job for Alex Collins, who was placed on IR with an injured foot.The Ravens have been able to dominate time of possession with the revamped running attack Dexter Lawrence Jersey , keeping opposing offenses off the field. That strategy will be especially vital this week against Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has thrown for 3,923 yards with a staggering 41 touchdowns.“I feel like we’re controlling the clock, keeping our defense off the field, keeping them fresh, and taking the air out of their pass rush Deandre Baker Jersey ,” offensive lineman Marshal Yanda said“That’s a big deal.”The running game has also helped the Ravens defenders stay fresh late in the game. Baltimore has converted a pair turnovers into touchdowns the last two weeks and is ranked No. 1 for overall defense.“We really don’t care what people say outside,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “We have a standard as a Ravens defense, whether we’re home, away or at a neutral site, on how we want to play football, and that’s always been being physical at the point of attack Oshane Ximines Jersey , stopping the run and getting after the quarterback on third down.”The Ravens have bounced back from a three-game losing streak heading into their bye. That skid prompted questions about the future of Harbaugh with the franchise.Now, Baltimore can control its destiny to end the playoff drought and quiet the critics.Harbaugh is proud of the way his players responded to the adversity.“I think we have a lot of leaders and guys that have been through a lot,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys have been through a lot of challenges and that’s usually the best way of learning how to deal with adversity. I think they have done a good job.”

 

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