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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears sure know how to put a destroy Indianapolis big days. Adidas Lightning Jerseys .Eight years ago, they dominated the Colts on Lucas Oil Stadiums opening night. Four years ago, they ruined Andrew Lucks NFL debut. Another win Sunday at Indianapolis could produce an even more devastating blow to the Colts plan -- and they know it.We are going to keep working to try to dig ourselves out of this hole, thats all you can do, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.The stakes couldnt be higher for the Colts (1-3).Just five weeks after team owner Jim Irsay expressed hope of making the playoffs, fans are already discussing whether a fourth loss in five weeks could force a coaching change, a front office change or both. The same problems that cost them in 2015 are back.A rebuilt offensive line has allowed a league-high 15 sacks. The revamped defense has yielded 31.3 points over the first four weeks. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 68.1 percent of their passes and Luck has accounted for five turnovers. Somewhere among the dropped passes, the constant penalties and the missing pass rush, everyone is on cleanup duty.Dropped passes are tough. False starts are tough. Bad throws are tough. Ive not had a problem of not getting mad at a guy enough where I had to go yell at a guy for dropping a ball, Luck said. Its a problem when you feel like effort isnt there and thats certainly never been the case (here).Could the matchup with the Bears (1-3) be just what the Colts need?Chicago is likely to be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the third straight week, leading receiver Kevin White landed on injured reserve earlier this week, and the defense is allowing 123.5 yards rushing.But the Bears do have something working in their favor: a little momentum. Brian Hoyer, Cutlers replacement, snapped a three-game losing streak last week, and now Chicago returns to a city in which it has never lost.I think everybody was pretty disappointed in how we performed in Dallas the week prior (to last), coach John Fox said. I was pretty pleased with the guys focus and how they executed against Detroit on Sunday. In this league, its what have you done for me lately.Something the Colts know all too well.Were going to be all right, Luck said. Were a good football team. We practice well. Well play well.Here are some other things to watch Sunday:COLTS CHANGES: Indy cut two defensive starters Tuesday. What it will do at cornerback is clear. Projected starters, Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson, will reclaim their jobs. The question is what happens at inside linebacker. After releasing leading tackler Sio Moore, Indy plans to use a committee of Josh McNary, Antonio Morrison and perhaps safety Clayton Geathers. Indy also could start in the no-huddle on offense.FREEMANS RETURN: Indy allowed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman to walk away in free agency after last season. Now, at a time when the Colts could really use Freeman, hell be on the Bears sideline. Freeman said all the right things all week, saying he never took the Colts decision personally. Now, hell get a chance to let his play speak volumes.RUNNING UPHILL: Colts running back Frank Gore moved into 10th place on the NFLs career rushing list last week and needs 20 yards to pass Jim Brown (12,312 yards). That undoubtedly will be a huge moment in Gores career. Hes also hoping to end Indys 54-game streak without a 100-yard rusher.WHITE OUT: With White out and Eddie Royal battling a calf injury, whoever starts at quarterback will need Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy to play well. Sure, the Bears have Alshon Jeffrey on one side. But if Royal cant play -- and he didnt practice Wednesday -- Meredith and Bellamy have to do better than they have so far. Meredith has six catches for 52 yards. Bellamy hasnt caught a pass.MATHIS WATCH: Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has struggled this season. In four games, he has 10 tackles, one quarterback hit and no sacks. Some wonder if Mathis is starting to show his age at 35 years old. Pagano still believes in his best pass rusher, saying Mathis could break out at any time. The Colts need him to make an impact now.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Womens Lightning Jerseys . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Youth Lightning Jerseys . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. http://www.cheaplightningjerseyschina.com/ . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. The roster that the U.S. womens national team takes to the Olympics is that of a program with one eye on its present and one eye on its future.Which makes it anatomically impossible to keep an eye on the past.All things considered, that makes for a nice change.The national team for years went to major tournaments with one eye glued to the past, either attempting to recapture the magic of 1999 by winning another World Cup or, just as often, trying to lessen the sting of another World Cup disappointment through Olympic consolation.Those efforts had their moments, to be sure, but it was a formula for frustration.Win today to escape yesterdays shadow.Then they won. They stood and celebrated their 2015 World Cup triumph on a podium inside Vancouvers BC Place after a soul-cleansing, flag-waving romp of a final. And people started thinking about tomorrow. Not as a short-term salve but as a long-term opportunity. People including U.S. coach Jill Ellis.If we are about winning world championships, we cant just have all of our focus be on the Olympics, Ellis said Tuesday in recounting a conversation with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati after the World Cup. It has to be on looking at new players, looking at players to build for beyond. And he agreed. We still want to win a gold medal. We still want to be competitive this summer. Thats still a high, high priority. I think we can do that, but we can also start to build players for the future.Make no mistake, the roster she announced Tuesday is one selected to compete for gold in Brazil, to try to become the first team to win the World Cup and Olympics in back-to-back years. No one is asking Carli Lloyd to lead a developmental roster. It is why Megan Rapinoe is there just seven months after the midfielder suffered a torn ACL, and despite the fact that she hasnt played for club or country yet this year. Even if Rapinoe is able to play only a reserve role, either in the tournaments early stages or throughout any run, those minutes are worth the roster spot for the added value on set pieces and crosses alone.Nor is it just loyalty to the holdovers that puts a premium on the present. A rookie in a major tournament at 28 years old, Allie Long might still be a viable option in 2019 or 2020, but she is here because of what she offers the team right now. Given their roles, it appears that Long and Samantha Mewis were competing for one roster spot. Mewis has more future ahead of her. Long is more reliable at this moment. Pragmatism won that contest (while simultaneously providing one of the teams most compelling stories in Longs lengthy journey to this stage). The same goes for Whitney Engen, who apparently edged out NWSL No. 1 pick Emily Sonnett as a back-line reserve.But after being the oldest team in the World Cup a year ago, the United States could at some point put a starting lineup on the field in Brazil that includes Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston and Mallory Pugh. All of them will still be in their 20s when the 2019 World Cup in France rolls around. All of them will still be in their 20s during the 2020 Olympics in Japan.So will Mewis and Sonnett. So willl players such as Jaelene Hinkle, Danielle Colaprico, Rose Lavelle and teenager Ashley Sanchez, all of whom spent varying amounts of time with the national team during the buildup to the Olympics. Cheap Lightning Jerseys. That wasnt possible when Ellis took over a veteran player pool with far less than a full preparation cycle left in advance of the World Cup.I wasnt going to be able to get experience enough for younger players to come in, Ellis said of the World Cup. I had a very good handle on the players that were in the group. And so I felt very comfortable in terms of this is how were going to play and this is what we need. Preparing for a World Cup, I dont think I was looking beyond what we had already in.Veterans like Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny, both since retired, fit that roster. Recent high school graduate Pugh fits this one.It isnt just about the personnel. Thats only part of the picture. Ellis was almost giddy after a 1-0 win against France earlier this year, a game that looked headed for a scoreless draw until Alex Morgan scored in second-half stoppage time. It wasnt the result that pleased the coach but the way the team asserted itself on the game. The U.S. was the more technically precise team, bettering France at its own game. That wasnt a universally held view, notably getting some measure of disagreement at the time from an oft-isolated-on-the-night Lloyd.This style suits the likes of Brian and Horan, a new generation of gifted technicians. It suits Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, center backs able to play out. It is surely part of the reason Kelley OHara, with all her versatility, has claimed the starting job at right back.Right or wrong, successfully implemented or not, this style tries to balance the traditional American strengths of athleticism and fitness with technical precision and pace of play. It is a style of play for tomorrow.At times Ive seen us play through lines -- we want to be a balance, Ellis said. If we can get in behind with one pass, we want to do that because its on. And thats any team in the world, if a team is going to give you that. But then we also need to be able to problem-solve, and I think thats where weve gotten better in terms of just being able to play off of each other, have more versatility. We talk about a variety of ways to get into the goal zone.Ellis laughed out loud at one point during a conference call to discuss the roster, asked about having the freedom of more job security after winning the World Cup. The adrenaline of a profession in which that doesnt exist, she said, is part of the allure of coaching.But the roster she put together, for all its core familiarity, is one freed from the weight of the past. It is for today and tomorrow.Thats the exciting part when youve got a younger group, Ellis said, is you can plan beyond three months.Ellis and this roster will be judged on what they do in Brazil. 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