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    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
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    , 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.”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.___ INDIANAPOLIS 鈥?Andrew Luck‘s surgically repaired
    right shoulder is being tested in ways even he couldn’t imagine.The Indianapolis
    Colts quarterback threw 121 passes during a five-day span last week 鈥?easily the
    highest total he’s ever accrued in consecutive games.Dropping back so frequently
    subjects Luck to more potential hits and more potential injuries as well.And
    it’s something the Colts know must change to keep Luck on the field for the
    final 11 games.“I think for us a big part of it is we need more success early,”
    said coach Frank Reich, a former NFL quarterback.聽“Let’s not get behind, let’s
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    , sound football, let’s not beat ourselves in all
    three phases. Let’s stay in the game, don’t get behind, stay patient with the
    runs and then have some success early with the run game that gives you the
    confidence to keep going back to it.”Circumstances primarily dictated the Colts’
    play-calls against Houston and New England.Luck had to throw on nearly every
    play after the Colts fell into an 18-point, third-quarter deficit against the
    Texans. He led the Colts to a late, tying score that forced overtime before Indy
    lost 37-34.On Thursday, Luck helped Indy cut a 21-point halftime deficit to
    seven in the fourth quarter before losing 38-24 at New England.It’s been a
    recurring theme this season.Luck also had the Colts (1-4) in position for
    go-ahead touchdowns in the final two minutes against Cincinnati in the season
    opener and at Philadelphia in Week 3, only to come up short both times.But the
    expanded workload has shown up in the numbers.Luck’s 245 attempts through five
    games lead the league and have him on pace to throw 784 times this season, a
    number that would shatter Matthew Stafford’s single-season record of 727聽in
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    past two games, Luck broke the franchise’s single-game record with 62 attempts
    against Houston and matched Jeff George’s previous mark (59) against the
    Patriots.It’s uncharted territory for Luck, who never threw more than 63 passes
    in back-to-back games at Stanford, never threw more than 99 passes in any
    previous two-game stretch in the NFL and can’t even remember a time in high
    school when he threw so frequently.So far, Luck’s arm seems to be just
    fine.“Physically, I feel better and better,” he said Wednesday. “I think there’s
    been a concerted effort in this locker room so guys continue to progress
    physically, stay strong, keep getting strong and not to plateau. I subscribe to
    that theory and I think it’s paying off in the recovery from games, the recovery
    from throwing a bunch of throws and I’m excited to keep rolling.”While game
    situations certainly have forced more throws than Reich scripted, injuries to
    Luck’s supporting cast haven’t helped, either.Starting running back Marlon Mack
    missed four of the first five games with a hamstring injury. He hopes to return
    Sunday against the New York Jets (2-3).Backup running back Robert
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    Indy’s short-yardage specialist, returned last week after missing the first four
    games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.Pro Bowl receiver
    T.Y. Hilton couldn’t finish the Houston game and sat out against New England
    with a hamstring injury, and Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle has missed three
    straight games with an injured hip.Indy’s starting offensive line also has been
    in flux. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) might make his season debut
    this weekend and the Colts already have used four different starters at right
    tackle.The good news is Denzelle Good returned to practice Wednesday after
    missing the last week following the death of his brother, Overton, in a drive-by
    shooting in South Carolina and could return Sunday.But right guard Matt Slauson,
    who started each of Indy’s first five games, will miss the rest of the season
    after breaking two vertebrae against New England. Rookie Braden Smith, who
    started last week at right tackle, could return to his more natural spot on the
    interior line in Slauson’s absence.“There are a couple of different options
    we’re looking at, and obviously we’re pretty geared into it,” Reich said. “We’ll
    evaluate that over the next few days.”But through it all, Luck has provided
    stability and continuity with an arm that appears to be getting stronger by the
    week.“You have that weekend off, which is sort of nice, especially in the one
    sense if you win 鈥?not so much if you lose,” he said. “We have to run the ball a
    little more effectively to give ourselves a consistent chance to win.NOTES: Indy
    has signed veteran safety Mike Mitchell, possibly to replace starting safety
    Clayton Geathers, who went down with a neck injury and entered the concussion
    protocol. Geathers returned late last season after having neck surgery.