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Luck's TD lifts Colts past Titans 19-13 in OT

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Luck's TD lifts Colts past Titans 19-13 in OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Andrew Luck calls the game-winning play coach Bruce Arians designed ``really neat,'' and the Colts interim coach thinks the rookie quarterback was just fantastic.

Now Luck is off to a better winning start than any other rookie quarterback ever taken at No. 1 overall in NFL history.

Luck tossed a screen pass that fellow rookie Vick Ballard took 16 yards for a touchdown 4:49 into overtime, even if the running back had to take to the air to reach the goal line upside down, and the Colts rallied in beating the Tennessee Titans 19-13 on Sunday for their second straight win.

``When he called it, I wasn't too surprised because it had worked in practice and with the way things were going, I thought it was a great call,'' Luck said. ``And I'm glad it worked out.''

Luck threw for 297 yards with a TD and an interception, shaking off two sacks before driving the Colts on not one but two 80-yard scoring drives. Luck has one more win through seven games than Peyton Manning managed all of his rookie season, and his .571 winning percentage is the highest through Week 8 in NFL history.

And the Colts (4-3) now have not only their first road win of this season, but their first since 2010 when Manning still was their quarterback.

``We got four more wins than everyone thought we would have, so that's good,'' Colts linebacker Pat Angerer said.

The Titans (3-5) missed a big opportunity to reach .500 after starting 1-4, and they can blame themselves for missing their third straight win when they couldn't come through with a third straight fourth-quarter rally after not holding onto a fourth-quarter lead.

``We had a lot of opportunities to win, and we gave them a lot of opportunities too,'' Titans running back Chris Johnson said. ``They stepped up and made the plays that they had to make.''

Indianapolis outgained Tennessee 457-339, and Adam Vinatieri also kicked two field goals. Arians had plenty of praise for the rookie quarterback.

``He is a big strong young man, and he can throw the football from any position accurately,'' Arians said. ``He did a good job of avoiding rushes and making completions, especially on third down.''

The Titans led most of the game even with left tackle Michael Roos out due to an appendectomy. Right tackle David Stewart and right guard Leroy Harris each hurt right knees on the opening drive. Stewart returned, though Harris never did.

Matt Hasselbeck threw for 236 yards and a TD pass that was the 200th of his career making him the 32nd player in NFL history to reach that mark. Michael Griffin got an interception and also blocked a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

But the Titans came in giving up more points than any team in the NFL, and they just couldn't make the stop to give their offense one last chance.

Delone Carter tied the game at 13 with his 1-yard TD run with 3:24 left in regulation.

Hasselbeck overthrew tight end Jared Cook on what would have been a touchdown. Then Hasselbeck threw incomplete before coach Mike Munchak chose to punt with 56 seconds left rather than let Rob Bironas, who beat the Colts with a 60-yarder on this field in 2006, try about a 58-yard field goal with a stiff wind at his back.

Bironas, who kicked two field goals earlier and missed a 45-yarder into the wind, said only that it was a coaching decision.

Tennessee thought it had recovered a fumble that would allow Bironas to win the game in regulation. Colts fullback Dwayne Allen was stripped of the ball after a catch, and Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner recovered at the Colts 28. Officials ruled Allen down due, and the Colts kneeled down to run out the final seconds to reach overtime.

``It's a huge play and huge time of the game,'' Munchak said. ``You wish it had gone the other way where you let the play go, and they can decide if the guy is down by contact. When you rule forward progress, then you can't review the play.''

The Colts won the toss, took the ball and never gave it back.

NOTES: Colts CB Vontae Davis sprained his left knee on the opening drive and did not return. He was replaced by Cassius Vaughn. ... Colts TE Coby Fleenor hurt a shoulder in the first half and had one pass thrown at him in the second half. ... Bironas now is the franchise career leader with 201 field goals. Al Del Greco had 200 field goals for the Oilers-Titans.

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Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Stopping the run, these 3-2 Redskins in a better spot

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Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Stopping the run, these 3-2 Redskins in a better spot

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 16, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

A better 3-2

For the third straight year, the Redskins are 3-2 after five games. As you know, they did not make the playoffs after either of the last two seasons. But they are in better shape in the standings now than they were in 2016 or 2017. Last year they were in second place in the division, a game and a half behind the 5-1 Eagles. They were worse off two years ago as they were in third place behind the 3-1 Eagles and the Cowboys, who were 4-1. 

It’s still very early, but it’s better to be in first place nearly a third of the way into the season than it is to be in second or third place and being in a position where you have to chase one or two teams. 

Take it away

The Redskins had three takeaways against the Panthers—the fumble recovery on the punt, Josh Norman’s interception, and the fumble forced by Norman and recovered by Mason Foster. They did not give the ball away. The last time they got at least three takeaways without giving the ball up was on Christmas Eve, 2016 in Chicago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that is the last game in which Norman had an interception until Sunday. 

After being either even or in the positive in takeaway ratio in four of their five games this year, the Redskins are now tied for fourth in the NFL with a plus-four turnover margin. If they can stay on the even or plus side from week to week they will have a very good chance at being successful. 

Rushing D much improved

After finishing 32ndin the NFL in rushing yards allowed in 2017, the Redskins are currently sixth, giving up an average of 90.2 yards per game. The improvement has come even though they have faced premiere running backs David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Christian McCaffrey. They have allowed no more than 104 yards on the ground in any of their five games. Last year's opponents ran for 127 yards or more 10 times. Their defense will be tested on Sunday against the Cowboys, who average 147 rushing yards per game on the ground, second in the NFL. 

Looking in the mirror

When the Redskins take a look at the Cowboys they might feel like they are watching themselves. Both teams run the ball well, although Ezekiel Elliott is more consistent than Adrian Peterson. Alex Smith has better passing stats than Dak Prescott but both teams are in the bottom third of the league in passing yards. The defenses on both teams are strong. Washington is sixth in yardage allowed per game and the Cowboys are fifth. 

And both teams have started off the season alternating wins and losses. Dallas started with a loss to the Panthers then beat the Giants, lost to the Seahawks, won over the Lions, suffered an OT loss to the Texans and then thumped the Giants. It will be an interesting match up on Sunday.

The agenda

Today: Off day, no media availability

Upcoming: Cowboys @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Giants 12; Redskins @ Eagles 48

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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