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EAST RUTHERFORD https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Andrew-Luck-Jersey , N.J. 鈥?Broadway Joe will be in the building. So will the rest of the 1968 New York Jets, 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 鈥?not coincidentally, the franchise New York beat for that 1969 title while it was in Baltimore.Coming off an聽impressive 34-16 victory over Denver last Sunday聽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 鈥?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 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,” Darnold said. “We’re really looking forward to the challenge, though, knowing how great of a quarterback Andrew is.”BIG DEALThis will mark the first time the teams face each other since swinging聽a 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,聽giving them the franchise-type quarterback they’ve been seeking.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 鈥?one with which Indianapolis took starting right guard Braden Smith; the other was used in a trade 鈥?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 the 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聽leads the league with 245 attempts through five games聽.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聽earlier this week after doctors diagnosed him with two broken vertebrae. Without Slauson, Smith could make his second straight start 鈥?this time at his more natural position. The rookie started last week at right tackle.DEFENSIVE STRIDESIndianapolis’ defense has made a steady 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 Josh Ferguson Jersey , even after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Margus Hunt leads the NFL with nine tackles for loss.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta With the final stretch of the season coming up, it’s time to look ahead and see how the Colts stand in terms of the salary cap. We’ll break down their positional salary cap spending, how it compares to the NFL average, their projected salary cap number for next season and their notable impending free agents. The figures used are from Spotrac.com and Overthecap.com and are based on the current “Active Roster” players in the NFL. QuarterbacksColts Spending: $25,176,076Percentage of Salary Cap: 12.97%NFL Average: $17,114,528Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Andrew Luck — $24,400,000It all comes down to the production and Luck produces at an elite level in the NFL. He is well worth the money and there isn’t much more to say. Running BacksColts Spending: $1,861,358Percentage of Salary Cap: 0.96%NFL Average: 5,055,948Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Nyheim Hines — $661,137The numbers of this group are quite surprising. It’s the lowest paid offensive or defensive group on the team and considering the amount of production they’ve gotten from the running backs, it’s a fantastic bargain. The group is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 1242 on the season. Both are average figures compared to the rest of the league, but considering the small amount of money the Colts have in them, it’s a great investment!ReceiversColts Spending: $19,517,647Percentage of Salary Cap: 10.06%NFL Average: $16,093,723Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: $13,000,000This might not be a great investment for the Colts this season. While TY Hilton has done many TY Hilton things this season, the group has been marred by inconsistent play, filled with poor route running and bad drops. Their play has improved in recent weeks, but this group has not lived up to their $19M+ billing. Tight EndsColts Spending: $13,131,981Percentage of Salary Cap: 6.77%NFL Average: $6,833,466Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Eric Ebron — $6,750,000This group is one of the highest paid tight end groups in the NFL, but this group has earned every penny. Eric Ebron is tied for most touchdowns (11) in the NFL and Jack Doyle’s play has been top notch before suffering a season-ending injury. Mo Alie-Cox and Erik Swoope have also been nice pieces. This group has been the best in football, so it’s obviously been a great investment!Offensive LineColts Spending: $22,526 T.J. Green Color Rush Jersey ,861Percentage of Salary Cap: 11.61%NFL Average: $26,090,929Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Anthony Castonzo — $10,800,000Like the tight end group, the Colts offensive line has been amongst the best in the NFL this season. Unlike the tight end group, this group’s spending is below the NFL average. With Quenton Nelson and Ryan Kelly still in rookie deals, the Colts are getting great bargains. This is a young group that should be a bright spot for many years to come.Defensive LineColts Spending: $23,064,359Percentage of Salary Cap: 11.89%NFL Average: $25,190,996Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Jabaal Sheard — $7,500,000The defensive line has had an up and down season. Some weeks they look invisible and others they look very good. Considering the Colts have spent the NFL average on the group and the group has been average for the most part, you can call this one a modest investment. Jabaal Sheard, their largest individual investment, has had a nice season along with rookie Kemoko Turay. The interior defensive lineman haven’t been as strong as the edge defenders, which can hurt the group at times. LinebackersColts Spending: $4,889,232Percentage of Salary Cap: 2.52%NFL Average: $17,671,703Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Darius Leonard — $1,317,782This group has had a fantastic season, led by defensive rookie of the year front-runner and defensive player of the year sleeper, Darius Leonard. He’s a rookie, so his contract is very affordable and considering his play, he should be making 10 times more. Anthony Walker and the other linebackers all make less than 1 million and the group has been steady for most of the season. CornerbacksColts Spending: $5,137,021Percentage of Salary Cap: 2.65%NFL Average: $14,190,952Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Pierre Desir — $1,562,500Considering the amount spent compared to the NFL average, you can definitely say this group has been a good bargain, but overall https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey , this group is average at best compared to the rest of the NFL. This group can definitely benefit by adding a star player in this year’s free agency class and considering the cap space and the amount the Colts have spent on this group, this is very doable and should be something the Colts pursue in the offseason. SafetiesColts Spending: $5,261,136Percentage of Salary Cap: 2.71%NFL Average: $9,537,528Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Malik Hooker — $2,863,615Malik Hooker, on his rookie contract, is one of the best individual bargains in the NFL when talking about safeties. Clayton Geathers has had an underwhelming year and was outplayed early on in the season by Matthias Farley, who was put on Injured Reserve. This group has performed well considering the amount of spending the Colts have put into them, but this is also a group that can benefit from some free agency spending. Special TeamsColts Spending: 4,184,000Percentage of Salary Cap: 2.16%NFL Average: $4,435,608Colts Player with the Largest Cap Hit: Adam Vinatieri — $3,625,000It’s tough to compare special teams spending around the league. The reality of special teams is: do the punter and kicker perform well? If the answer is yes, then the spending is almost irrelevant. This group has performed very well this season. Salary Cap UpdateThe Colts currently have $49,338,629 in cap space according to Over the Cap. With all that money projected to carry over and with the salary cap expected to rise to $190,000,000 next season, the Colts should have approximately $123,610,387 in cap space next season.It’s worth noting that the Colts need to spend a certain amount of money to avoid being in breach of not meeting the NFL Salary Cap floor. In four year increments, starting in 2017 and going until 2020, NFL teams are required to spend at least 89% of their cap space in cash. The league is entering the third year of the four year cycle and the Colts will enter the 2019 offseason having only spent 68.4% of their salary cap. In short, expect the Colts to spend some money this offseason so they don’t have to go crazy next offseason to meet the NFL salary cap floor. Notable 2019 Free Agents Pierre DesirMatthias FarleyClayton GeathersRyan GrantMargus HuntAdam VinatieriAl WoodsAll in all, the Colts are in very good shape! Many of the position groups are performing extremely well compared to the amount of money the Colts have invested in them. This is a strong, young team with a lot of money in the bank moving forward. The team benefits from a lot of great rookie contracts, so I expect the Colts to be very active in free agency over the next couple of years.

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