Luck on Colts’ side for winner-take-all tussle in Tennessee

Just like last year, the Tennessee Titans have arrived at Week 17 needing a home win over an AFC South opponent to clinch a playoff spot.Tennessee, which edged Jacksonville 15-10 last year to end a nine-year playoff drought, gets the Sunday night spotlight for the NFL’s final regular season game as it hosts the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.Tennessee (9-6) has won four straight games, taking advantage of a home-heavy schedule against losing teams who in a couple of cases have played with one foot figuratively on the airplane to go home. That won’t be the case here.Indianapolis (9-6) has won eight of its last nine after a 1-5 start, rallying to edge the New York Giants 28-27 last week to give itself a chance at the playoffs. Pittsburgh’s loss in New Orleans gives the winner of this game a playoff berth.What’s more, a Houston loss to Jacksonville earlier Sunday could mean a division title for either the Titans or Colts. Given the right combination of results, Tennessee could even earn a first round bye, although that would require losses by the Texans, Baltimore and New England.That seems unlikely, and many think beating Indianapolis with Andrew Luck under center is impossible for the Titans. Luck is 11-0 in his career against Tennessee, including a 38-10 drilling last month which saw him hit 23 of 29 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns.”I don’t think they are looking at that too much this week,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Luck’s dominance over his team. “I think they are looking at it as two good teams that are fighting to find a way to get into the playoffs.”

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Joint Practice #1 Recap: By Alex Abernathy and Eli Hiskey

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Bubble Practice Recap: By Alex Abernathy and Eli Hiskey

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Titans Weekend Wrap-up: By Alex Abernathy and Eli Hiskey

Friday: Following the game at Green Bay on Thursday night, Mike Vrabel had a press conference to talk about his first preseason fame as a head coach. Vrabel was impressed by the play of Harold Landry including his strip sack. Cameron Batson’s aggressiveness while returning kicks also stuck out to the head coach. What Vrabel…