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So will the rest of the 1968 New York Jets http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/auth … ker-jersey , celebrating the 50th anniversary of the squad that won the franchise's only Super Bowl.Nostalgia will be all around MetLife Stadium on Sunday, with rookie Sam Darnold and this year's Jets team trying to set a much more modest goal against the Indianapolis Colts — not coincidentally, the franchise New York beat for that 1969 title while it was in Baltimore.Coming off an impressive 34-16 victory over Denver last Sunday and with the likes of Joe Namath and Don Maynard watching, New York will look to win consecutive games for the first time since taking three straight in Weeks 3-5 last season — over a year ago."We've got a good team," Darnold said. "It's just about putting together the pieces. Obviously, we put some together this past Sunday. We've just got to build off of it and, for me personally, I've just got to stay consistent."The Jets (2-3) have struggled with that . They opened the season with a 48-17 romp at Denver and then had clunkers against Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville before getting back in the win column last weekend."We have to grow up and find a way to string games together and get on winning streaks," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said, "instead of losing streaks."That's what Andrew Luck and the struggling Colts (1-4) will be looking to stop when they take the field.Indianapolis has lost three in a row, is missing some key players such as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Jack Doyle to injuries, and could see its season really spiral with another defeat. The Colts, however, aren't thinking about that right now."I love that this team has no quit," tight end Eric Ebron said. "I love the story that we'll have and I say that because we're very young, we're all beat up, and what people don't tend to realize is that you don't stay beat up forever. You get healthy, you get guys back and then you start to establish a dominance."The Jets just want to prevent that turnaround from starting Sunday."We know our defense has their hands full, but it's also going to be a dogfight for us too, because they have a great defense Lamarcus Joyner Jersey ," Darnold said. "We're really looking forward to the challenge, though, knowing how great of a quarterback Andrew is."Here are other things to know as the Colts and Jets square off:BIG DEALThis will mark the first time the teams face each other since swinging their stunning trade in March that changed the top of the NFL draft.The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick from the Colts to move up to take Darnold, giving them the franchise-type quarterback they have been searching for .New York sent Indianapolis the No. 6 selection, which the Colts used to pick current starting left guard Quenton Nelson. The Jets also shipped two second-round picks this year — one with which Indianapolis took starting right guard Braden Smith; the other was used in a trade — along with a second-rounder next year.FLYING CROWELLJets running back Isaiah Crowell leads the AFC with 390 yards rushing, and ranks third in the NFL behind only Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (480) and Rams' Todd Gurley (415).Crowell soared up the list against Denver last Sunday when he set a franchise record with 219 yards rushing on just 15 carries. It also put the controversy from the previous weeks far behind him after he was fined $13,369 by the NFL and scolded by coach Todd Bowles for wiping his rear end with the football after scoring a touchdown at Cleveland in Week 3.LOTS OF LUCKLuck has thrown 121 passes in his last two games and leads the league with 245 attempts through five games .Not bad for a guy who missed all last season with a shoulder injury, but the Colts might not want to keep their franchise QB back there throwing so much. After all, he's on pace to throw 784 times this season, which would shatter Matthew Stafford's single-season record of 727 for Detroit in 2012.Colts coach Frank Reich attributes the high number to his team falling behind early in games, causing Luck and the offense to play catch-up through the air.SLAUSON DONEColts right guard Matt Slauson got his NFL start with the Jets in 2009, but this weekend's reunion plan has changed because of a back injury.Slauson landed on season-ending injured reserve earlier this week after doctors diagnosed him with two broken vertebrae. Without Slauson, Smith could make his second straight start — this time at his more natural position. The rookie started last week at right tackle.DEFENSIVE STRIDESIndianapolis' defense has made steady a progression under first-year coordinator Matt Eberflus. While the Colts are tied for third in the league with 17 sacks and have moved out of the bottom quadrant in yards allowed, they're No. 23 in total defense.Individually, there are more promising signs.Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard leads the league with 54 tackles, even after missing last week's game with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Margus Hunt leads the NFL with nine tackles for loss.AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed. The Los Angeles Chargers haven't needed to rely too much on their run game during their first two games, but that might change on Sunday against the unbeaten Rams.The Chargers (1-1) have called runs on 37.5 percent of their plays the first two weeks, which is the fifth-lowest percentage in the AFC. Despite that, they are averaging 116 yards, which is above the league average of 104 yards.In other words, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler aren't getting a lot of carries Authentic Rodger Saffold Jersey , but they are making the most of their plays."They've been very effective," offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's been a tremendous help for us because it opens up other things like play action."Gordon has only 24 carries, which is his lowest total for the first two games in his four-year career, but he is tied for the team lead in receptions with 15. Gordon had the second three-touchdown game of his career in last week's 31-20 win at Buffalo, with two TDs coming on catches. He's also gained over 100 yards from scrimmage in six of his last eight games dating to last season.While the quarterback matchup between the Chargers' Philip Rivers and the Rams' Jared Goff is attracting plenty of attention, the running back battle between Gordon and Todd Gurley is tantalizing as well. Both were drafted in the first round in 2015, with Gurley having the advantage so far. He led the league in yards from scrimmage last season with 2,093 while Gordon was fifth (1,581)."We compete. It's not like we hate each other. We both want to prove we are the best back and it happens that we compete in the same city," Gordon said.Ekeler had a career-high 77 yards on 11 carries in last week's win at Buffalo. Three of his longest carries came on runs off the left side.Whisenhunt continues to find different ways to use the second-year back. In the opener against Kansas City, Ekeler caught a 13-yard touchdown while last week he was getting most of the carries."They are starting to use both of us in different ways and it has been working," Ekeler said. "It's going to be important again this week because they have a real solid front five. If we can get the run game going early that can help us in play action."The Chargers have a lot of experience facing a Wade Phillips defense. They faced Phillips twice a year when he was with Denver in 2015-16.The Rams have one of the best interior pass rushes in the league with Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald at the tackles. They also have gone 12 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.One of the best matchups could be center Mike Pouncey going up against Suh. The two went up against each other often during practices in Miami the past three seasons."That's going to make things a lot easier for me and a lot of other guys," Gordon said of Pouncey. "You have a bully like that up front that ain't scared to back down, that gets them other guys going."Pouncey, who is in his first season in Los Angeles after seven seasons in Miami, said getting the run game going early is going to be vitally important this week."Any time you can run the ball it keeps us on schedule," he said. "We have been over 100 yards in each game, which is something to build off of."Follow Joe Reedy at joereedy

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