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    Default Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...TS03/312230005

    Colts' regular-season finale flexed to 8:15 p.m.
    Associated Press
    December 23, 2007

    NEW YORK -- Next Sunday's season finale between the Titans and Colts at Indianapolis has been moved to prime time with Tennessee in position to secure an AFC wild-card berth.

    The NFL said after Tennessee's 10-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday it was switching Titans-Colts from 1 p.m. EST to 8:15 p.m. under the flexible schedule for late-season Sunday games. The originally scheduled Kansas City-Jets game moves to 4:15 p.m. EST.

    If the Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Colts, they will earn the sixth seed in the playoffs. They also will get that spot if Cleveland loses at home to San Francisco in an afternoon game.

    The Titans and Browns, both 9-6, are the only teams in the running for the final AFC wild-card slot.
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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    Well I'll get to see the game now...

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    Yawn. This game is gonna be boring.

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    I'll be there. Last regular season game in the dome EVER!

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    As Dungy pointed out, the Colts are only only limited to so many guys on the active roster, so its not like they're going to be putting in the sophomore walk-on from Cherubusco or something. With only 45 on the active squad, its likely the most of the guys in the game this weekend will have played extensively this year with all the injuries. I personally think its going to be fun to watch. After going 3-3 in the division last year, I know the Colts would love to go for the sweep:

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...TS03/712250374

    But while Dungy would like to work Harrison, Mathis, Bethea and a few others into Sunday's game, however briefly, even that poses a problem. Only 45 players are available on game day, so it's a difficult balancing act. Once those players -- along with Manning, running back Joseph Addai, safety Bob Sanders and select others -- are pulled from the game, who's left?

    "It's not as easy as people think,'' Dungy said.

    And then there's the issue of players chasing individual goals.
    Manning holds the NFL record with seven 4,000-yard passing seasons, and needs 55 yards to post an eighth.

    Reggie Wayne already has set personal bests with 92 receptions and 1,423 yards, but can join Harrison as the only Colts player with at least 100 catches in a season.

    "That's part of it,'' Dungy agreed.

    "I played and I know how important (an individual benchmark) is. When you get close, you'd like to get the opportunity.''

    Everything, though, pales in comparison to doing whatever it takes to best prepare the team for the playoff push.

    "You coach your team,'' Dungy said. "You play for your team and you really can't worry about anybody else. We've got to get ourselves ready to go and just play the best we can and get ourselves ready for the playoffs.''

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    I wouldn't mind beating Tennessee......
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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    I hope we do what we can to keep the Titans out of the playoffs. I'll never forget the '99 divisional game and I hope we screw them over this time.

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    Default Re: Colts/Titans Flexed To Sunday Night

    Yeah, but in retrospect they are a lot more likable than New England. Fisher I respect, he's a crafty coach but also fairly stand up.

    My only issue with keeping them out is that ultimately that's what the playoffs are about, putting teams out of it. So while the Colts don't need to win, this is a way to start the playoffs early and eliminate a team.

    Of course they did rest guys vs DEN in 2004 and then saw them the next week in the playoffs and crushed them (after losing the meaningless game).


    Since I ranted about Brady going for the TD record in a meaningless game I'm not sure how I feel about the Colts hitting marks either. On one hand I understand that Dungy might like to throw a bone to these guys for their effort, especialy Manning reaching 4000 on just 55 more yards. But no need to risk the starters too much either.

    Then there is the whole "integrity of the game" angle regarding the Titans playoff situation. I guess that at least if the Colts decide to push for some marks that it will be against a good team putting out their full effort, not a playoff secured team looking to coast with a couple of key injuries like the Giants have.

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