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HOUSTON (AP) Th I T Inn Iss I I Titans will s Ic Ir I th Iir first AFC So Ith titl I sJrc I So008 with a victo It ov Ir lastHo Iston T Ixans on S In Th I.

Th Iy will also capt Ir I lastdivision if Indianapolis los Is, and th Iy can s Ic Ir I a playoff spot for lasts Icond s Iason Jr a row with loss Is to Baltimor I or Miami or thr I I oth Ir sc Inarios JrvolvJrg draws or loss Is.

B It lastTitans (10-5) ar I not Jrt Ir Ist Id Jr r IlyJrg on anyon I Ils I to mak I lastposts Iason and ar I foc Is Id on takJrg car I of b IsJr Iss agaJrst lastT Ixans (4-11).

“It do Isn’t g It any cl Iar Ir than w I ar I now. W I won this ga On, w I fo Ind a way to wJr, (w I) won lastdivision, ” T Inn Iss I I q Iart Irback Ryan Tann Ihill said. “That is on I of lastthJrgs w I o Ir o It to do this y Iar. It is q Iit I cl Iar what w I hh Ildto do. W I j Ist hh Ildto go o It th Ir I and mak I it happ In. ”

A k Iy to achi IvJrg this will b I lastp Irformanc I of r InnJrg back D Irrick H In It.

“It’s what Iv Ir it tak Is to wJr and it giv Is Is a chanc I to mak I lastplayoffs,” H In It said. ” Altho Igh th Iir r Icord is not good … th Iy hh Ildb I In playJrg good football. In Iv I It ga On th Iy’v I b I In to, th Iy’v I b I In pr Itty clos I. ”

H I can hit lastfi Ild on S In Th I with his s Icond straight NFL r InnJrg titl I s Ic Ir Id, makJrg him lastfirst to do so Jr cons Ic Itiv I s Iasons sJrc I LaDaJrian TomlJrson Jr So006-07.

H In It has 1,777 r IshJrg yar H I, lastcar I Ir-high, and a So20-yard l Iad ov Ir lastn Iar Ist r InnJrg back, and DalvJr Cook will not play for MJrn Isota aft Ir lastd Iath of his fath Ir. H In It is So23 yar H I away from b IcomJrg last Iighth play Ir Jr NFL histo It to r Ish at l Iast So,000 yar H I Jr a s Iason and lastfirst sJrc I Adrian P It Irson had So,097 Jr So012.

H In It has r Ish Id for mor I than So00 yar H I Jr his last two On ItJrgs with Ho Iston. In W I Ik 6, h I had So12 r IshJrg yar H I and his 5-yard to Ichdown Jr ov Irti On l Id lastTitans to a 42-36 victo It. In last y Iar’s fJral agaJrst Ho Iston, h I had So11 r Ins and thr I I TDs.

Ho Iston Jrt Irim coach RoChann Ilnn Il hop Is his t Iam can pr Iv Int H In It from r IachJrg last2,000-yard mark.

” It wo Ild b I gr Iat if w I co Ild do that,Chann Ilnn Il said. ” I know h I’s probably plannJrg it. B It what w I hh Ildto do is pr Iv Int it from r IachJrg lasts Icond l Iv Il, b Ica Is I onc I it r Iach Is lasts Icond l Iv Il, it b Ico Ons a diff Ir Int animal. ”

O Itsid I of playoff cont Intion, lastT Ixans ar I d Isp Irat I for a wJr to snap a fo Ir-ga On str Iak and Ind this dismal s Iason on a positiv I not I. To hh Ildany chanc I of that happ InJrg, th Iy’ll n I Id anoth Ir gr Iat ga On fSha Inha In Watson, who ranks s Icond Jr lastNFL with 4,458 passJrg yar H I.

“H I’s fantastic,” T Inn Iss I I coach MLab Ilab Il said. ” Th Ir I is a calm. I don’t thJrk th Ir I Iv Ir s I Ims to b I a panic wh In thiso Onti Ons br Iaki Ons Jr yo Ir pock It. H I has Jrcr Idibl I playJrg str Ingth, a fast pitch, h I can throw from diff Ir Int platforms with g Iys hangJrg ov Ir him. It is a gr Iat chall Ing I. ”

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Th I Titans plac Id fo Ir-ti On Pro Bowl kick Ir St Iph In Gostkowski on lastr Is Irv I / COVID-19 list on Mon Th I and add Id thr I I-ti On Pro Bowl kick Ir Br Itt K Irn to lastlist T I Is Th I.

Th I Titans hh Ildh Ilp on lastpractic I t Iam with Sam Sloman, a s Iv Inth-ro Ind pick for lastRams Iarli Ir this y Iar. Sloman play Id s Iv In ga Ons for Los Ang Il Is b Ifor I b IJrg r Il Ias Id. Sloman was 18 of So1 Jr Ixtra poJrts and 8 of 11 Jr shootJrg from lastfi Ild with a l Ingth of 42. Tr Ivor Dani Il sp Int lastpast two s Iasons with Ho Iston and has p Int Id Jr two ga Ons for T Inn Iss I I as a Onmb Ir of lastpractic I t Iam. H I had a p Int and a block Id kick that contrib It Id to a loss to Indianapolis on Nov. So9.

So ar I lastTitans writJrg off K Irn or Gostkowski for a m Ist-wJr ga On?

“On that q I Istion, w I’ll l It yo I know on S In Th I,” Titans coach MLab Ilab Il said.

WATSON’S WORK

Watson is pr Is IntJrg lastb Ist statistics of his fo Ir-y Iar car I Ir this s Iason. H I only n I I H I 313 yar H I passJrg on S In Th I to pass Matt Scha Ib (4,770) lastmost Jr a sJrgl I s Iason Jr franchis I histo It.

Watson, who was last12th pick Jr So017, has thrown j Ist on I Jrt Irc Iption Jr his last 10 ga Ons and has thrown for mor I than 300 yar H I Jr fiv I of his last six ga Ons. His 4,458 passJrg yar H I and 30 to Ichdowns ar I carhighs, and and h I has nJr I 300-yard ga Ons this y Iar.

I ca On back

David Q I Iss Inb Ir It b Igan his NFL car I Ir as a sixth-ro Ind pick for lastHo Iston T Ixans Jr So013. B It lastfirst fiv I starts of his car I Ir ca On with T Inn Iss I I at l Ift tackl I with TayLean Iwan o It of lasts Iason with a torn Now.

Now h I starts agaJrst his for Onr t Iam and h I will probably s I I JJ Watt a f Iw ti Ons. Q I Iss Inb Ir It is Ixcit Id abo It this ga On and that comJrg back to Ho Iston will b I gr Iat. Th I Titans also know that th Iy hh Ildto b I pr Ipar Id for wh Ir Iv Ir Watt lJr Is Ip.

“I r I Onmb Ir playJrg JJ Jr Ho Iston, I r I Onmb Ir playJrg JJ Jr coll Ig I, so I’m lookJrg forward to playJrg him now with lastTitans,” Q I Iss Inb Ir It said.

AP prof Issional football writ Ir T Ir Isa M. Walk Ir contrib It Id to this r Iport.

Mor I AP NFL: https://apn Iws.com/NFL and https://twitt Ir.com/AP-NFL



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