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the Colts last week. Ertz is a Pro Bowl pick . Jersey
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the Colts last week. Ertz is a Pro Bowl pick . Jersey
Adam Gase wore his cap with the bill tugged even lower than usual Monday Youth Eric Ebron Jersey , as if trying to avoid looking at the big picture.It's not pretty. His Miami Dolphins (5-6) have lost six of their past eight games, including two in a row, to fall below .500 for the first time in 2018.And now they've earned a reputation for blowing double-digit fourth-quarter leads. They did it for the second time this season Sunday, when Indianapolis erased a 10-point deficit in the final 8陆 minutes to win 27-24.In Week 5, Cincinnati rallied from a 17-point deficit and scored four times in the fourth period to beat Miami 27-17."You're disappointed because you've got two games where you're going, 5-6 (could be) 7-4," Gase said."It's a lousy feeling," he added, although he used a locker-room synonym for "lousy."Quarterback Ryan Tannehill played Sunday for the first time since the Cincinnati debacle, when he hurt his throwing shoulder. He went 2 for 4 for minus 3 yards in the fourth quarter against the Colts but still finished with a passer rating of 119.4 and emerged from the game in good shape physically."The shoulder wasn't an issue," Tannehill said. "It felt really good. I really didn't even think about it throughout the game."Miami's meltdown was a whopper, however. Indy outgained the Dolphins 200 yards to minus 1 yard in the final 13陆 minutes."The way it went down, obviously, really hurts Youth J'Marcus Webb Jersey ," Tannehill said.The collapse triggered a frenzy on social media, with Gase's play-calling criticized like never before in his three seasons as head coach.He acknowledged second-guessing himself regarding one call, saying the Colts' scheme surprised him on a second-and-10 pass into the flat to DeVante Parker that went for no gain during a three-and-out before the Colts' winning drive."If I could have that one back, that probably could have made a difference," Gase muttered. "You hate when you're up and you lose the lead, and you know what you left on the field, and you know some of the situational stuff that didn't get done right."As a result, the Dolphins had three takeaways, deflected a punt, scored on a 74-yard pass and still managed to lose."It was right there," defensive end Cameron Wake said. "I mean, everything. It was scripted the way we wanted."With the defeat, the Dolphins fell behind seven teams in the AFC standings. They'll likely be favored in only two of their final five games, including Sunday at home against Buffalo Womens Al Woods Jersey , and appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 17 years.It can be argued that the Dolphins are worse than their record, and below .500 is where they belong. They rank 28th in the NFL in offense and 29th in defense. They've been outgained by 928 yards, third-worst in the league.Injuries continue to ravage the offense, with receiver Danny Amendola (right knee) and center Travis Swanson (ankle) the latest casualties. The status of both for Sunday's game is uncertain.But Gase predicted his team will bounce back from the latest loss."The good thing about NFL players is once we hit Wednesday, they really don't care about last week," he said. "It's probably better they're like that, compared with the coaches. We'll dwell." Titans safety Kevin Byard knows if any Philly green shows up in the Tennessee family section, his relatives likely will be to blame.That's the challenge for someone born in Philadelphia who grew up watching the Eagles alongside most of his family. Shoot, Byard even had a Lito Sheppard jersey growing up and remembers going to a Super Bowl party watching Philadelphia even as his father and uncle criticized Donovan McNabb for never winning a title.Now Byard is an All-Pro safety and will have a lot of family on hand Sunday when Tennessee plays the Eagles (2-1) in a chance for the Titans (2-1) to test themselves against the defending champs."It's not a must-win game, but it's a game that's going to be definitely a good measuring stick to see where we are right now," Byard said. "A team that was just in the Super Bowl, just won the Super Bowl, you're always going to want to put your best foot forward against those guys. I think that they know every single game this year they're going to get that best effort from every single team, and it's no doubt with this team right here."Philadelphia got Carson Wentz back at quarterback last week in a 20-16 win over Indianapolis . Marcus Mariota will start for the Titans after coming off the bench in a 9-6 win at Jacksonville.Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been impressed by how the Titans have found ways to finish games the past two weeks under first-year coach Mike Vrabel."I look back to my first year Womens Clayton Geathers Jersey , two years ago, and one of the things that we didn't do a very good job of was learning how to finish games, and a way to coach games," Pederson said. "That's something that Mike has been able to do with his team. Just seeing his influence on defense, obviously, the impact that he has brought has these guys flying around and making plays. They're learning how to finish games. That's important with a new head coach."Some things to watch between the Eagles and Titans:GETTING HEALTHYBoth teams are hoping to get at least a couple players back from injuries. Titans right tackle Jack Conklin could be back after tearing his left ACL in the playoffs last January, and Mariota has improved enough he practiced fully this week. Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery might make his season debut after fixing a torn rotator cuff , while running back Jay Ajayi practiced fully after missing the Colts game with an injured back.TOP TARGETSInjuries to Jeffery, Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins have forced Philadelphia to rely even more on tight ends in the passing game. Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins combined for 13 catches for 156 yards and one TD vs. the Colts last week. Ertz is a Pro Bowl pick who caught the go-ahead TD in the Super Bowl. Goedert, a second-round pick, only had one catch in the first two matches before his breakout game."Obviously he's a big target down the field," offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. "He's easy to find and he can elevate and make plays above the rim, too. He's got really strong hands. He's just three games in http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com...-authentic , so we'll continue to put more and more on his plate, but he's done a nice job with what we have asked him to do."YOUTHFUL RECEIVING CORPSThe Titans cut veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews on Thursday after he asked to be cut or traded, upset at a lack of playing time. That leaves Corey Davis, the fifth pick overall in 2017, leading a very young group. How young? The Titans' five receivers have a combined 156 career catches.The Eagles won't have safety Rodney McLeod because of a knee injury, and Corey Graham will replace him.NO RUN ZONEThe Eagles had the best run defense in the NFL last season and are first again, allowing 61.7 yards per game. But the Titans are averaging 122 yards per game on the ground, and they're built to run the ball. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Tennessee has invested heavily in everything from the offensive line, a Heisman Trophy winner at running back in Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis as a free agent, to a running quarterback in Mariota.STINGY DEFENSESThe Titans have yet to allow a point in the first quarter and rank fourth in the NFL giving up 16.7 points per game. Asked why Tennessee is starting games so well, defensive coordinator Dean Pees had a short answer: "Isn't that what we're supposed to do?"AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker
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