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INDIANAPOLIS -- Adam Vinatieri has never been a superstitious guy.Hell talk numbers and records, goals and streaks all day, even when hes on the cusp of another major milestone.If experience has taught the 43-year-old Indianapolis Colts kicker anything, its this: Work hard, savor the special moments and focus on putting the football between the goal posts.Nobody has been more successful at it recently than Vinatieri, who has made 38 consecutive field goals and nine in a row from 50 yards or more.He doesnt miss in practice either, holder Pat McAfee said Wednesday. I dont remember what year it was he told me this, but he said, `Its never a good day if I miss. Even in practice, its not a good day if he misses.Fortunately for the Colts (2-3), Vinatieri succeeds far more often than not.Hes 12th in league history with a field goal rate of 84.5 percent and has made 87.2 percent of his kicks since moving from the harsh New England winters to the cozier, warmer conditions inside Indianapolis dome and retractable roof stadiums.Of course, its not as if Vinatieri needed a climate-controlled environment to make his case as one of the leagues all-time best.He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, two thanks to last-minute field goals. He made two crucial field goals in blizzard conditions during the infamous Tuck Rule game during New Englands first title run and he left as the franchises career scoring leader.But even after the Patriots decided to go with a younger kicker following the 2005 season, Vinatieri has continued to thrive.Hes climbed to third on the NFLs career scoring list (2,304), third in field goals (516) and is the first player in league history to score 1,000 points or make 200 field goals with two teams. If he makes five field goals Sunday at Houston (3-2), Vinatieri would break Mike Vanderjagts NFL record of 42 in a row. Gary Anderson is second on the list at 40.While Vinatieri prefers not to talk about making 43 at 43, its not out of bounds, either.The key is I feel like the first time I step onto the field its just another opportunity to put points on the board for my team, Vinatieri said after earning his 16th AFC player of the week award by making all five attempts in last weeks 29-23 victory over Chicago . Ill try to get to 39. If I do that, Ill try to get it to 40.In many cases, Colts players might not know how lucky they are.Vinatieri is the only kicker Pro Bowl long snapper Matt Overton has worked with in five NFL seasons. McAfee, a Pro Bowl punter in his eighth season, has spent seven years working exclusively with the best clutch kicker in league history.When outside linebacker Robert Mathis arrived in 2003, Vanderjagt was on the roster and with the exception of Vinatieris injury-shortened 2009 season, Vinatieri and Vanderjagt are the only kickers hes had as teammates.Others in the locker room, such as defensive tackle Art Jones, cherish the peace of mind Vinatieri gives them.While Jones was part of Baltimores 2012 Super Bowl-winning team, he still remembers losing the AFC championship game a year earlier on a missed chip-shot field goal.It makes a defensive player feel really good knowing you have a guy who is going to put points on the board, Jones said. We talk about it (the streak), but hes one of the most humble guys Ive ever met. He doesnt like talking about it.Thats primarily because Vinatieri would rather make sure hes ready for the next kick than celebrate the last one.And its a big reason that after missing his first two field-goal attempts last season, prompting speculation that age may finally be catching up to him, the 21-year veteran looks as spry as ever. Hes made 68 of his past 71 tries and with the Colts struggling to score touchdowns , Vinatieri is on pace to score a career high 163 points.I promise you, if he actually misses one, it wont be his fault. It will be my fault or Overtons fault, McAfee said. But we never worry about that. The only thing we know is that if he misses, its not a good day.Game notes Five of the 12 players who did not practice Wednesday were given an extra day off by coach Chuck Pagano. Those players were safety Mike Adams, cornerback Dontae Davis, running back Frank Gore, defensive end Kendall Langford and Mathis. ... Receivers Quan Bray (shin) and T.Y. Hilton (hip), cornerbacks Darius Butler (finger surgery) and Patrick Robinson (knee and hip), offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison (appendectomy) and defensive tackle Zack Kerr (ankle) also sat out. Pagano said Kerr was week to week. ... Inside linebacker Josh McNary (stinger) did limited work Wednesday.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Jon-Weeks-Jersey/ .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Braxton-Miller-Jersey/ . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Texans-Joel-Heath-Jersey/ . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/T-Shirts/ . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. http://www.texansrookiestore.com/Customized/ . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 last season and reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history with a veteran-laden team that coach Billy Kennedy had been building for years.This year, the Aggies will try and sustain that success despite losing four starters from a team that was the co-Southeastern Conference champion.Were excited about the young guys we have, Kennedy said. Were going to be big, have a great front line. If we can get some solid guard play I think well be able to compete for another SEC championship.Texas A&Ms only returning starter is sophomore center Tyler Davis, who had a great freshman year to help the Aggies to a school-record 28 wins. Davis was selected by the media to the SEC preseason first team, after averaging 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game last season.The 6-foot-10 Davis is a major reason why the Aggies are expected to be solid again and why they were predicted by the media to finish third in the SEC behind Kentucky and Florida.Davis has high expectations for the team despite all of the players the Aggies lost.Last year we had a great run and this year were looking to go even farther, he said.In order for that to happen, the Aggies will need some young players to take another step this season. D.J. Hogg, a high school teammate of Davis, appeared in every game as a freshman last season with three starts. The 6-9 forward averaged 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds last season but will be counted on for more scoring this season in taking over for star Danuel House.Texas A&M is also looking for a big year from fellow sophomore Admon Gilder. The guard will move into the starting lineup this year after averaging seven points a game in a reserve role last season.Some things too know about the 2016-17 Aggies:YOUTH RULESThe Aggies will be very young this season after having four senior starters a year ago.dddddddddddd This team has 13 freshmen and sophomores, just two seniors and one junior and will likely start only one player that isnt a freshman or sophomore. Its a change for Kennedy, who hes not used to playing with a team filled with freshman and sophomores like teams like Kentucky are.This is new territory for me, he said.SIZE AND LEADERSHIPSix-foot-10 junior Tonny Trocha-Morelos will pair with Davis to give A&M great interior size. Trocha-Morelos contributed seven points a game last year in a reserve role, but is looking to do more this season and help guide the younger players.Im one of the older guys so I need to be more of a vocal leader and be there to encourage my teammates to bring everything theyve got, he said.NEW FACESThe Aggies have several new players who could play important roles this season led by forward Robert Williams, who was rated as the top recruit in Louisiana last season. They also added ESPN top 100 recruit guard J.J. Caldwell and graduate transfer J.C. Hampton, who made 92 starts in three seasons at Lipscomb. Another intriguing addition is 6-11 forward Eric Vila, who passed up a chance to play professionally in his native Spain to join the Aggies. Vila could create problems for defenses with his ability to play inside paired with an ability to sink 3-pointers.HOME COOKINGTexas A&M opens the season with three straight home games. 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