Is Monday Night Football still special?

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano sure looks forward to it.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano smiled Thursday when asked about being on the national stage against the New York Giants Monday at MetLife Stadium.

His response couldn’t have been more passionate.

“Absolutely,” he said. “You think about it as a kid. You couldn’t wait for Monday Night Football. I couldn’t. See “Dandy Don” (Don Meredith), Howard Cosell, I mean it was phenomenal. Now to be sitting here and be on that stage, it’s the biggest stage every week. We just happen to be playing in a huge market, too, against a great ball club.

“If you can’t get up for this one, if you can’t get excited for Monday Night Football, I don’t know what you’ve got running through you, but they better check your pulse and see if you’re alive.”

The Colts are 20-15 on MNF. But they’ve lost the last three, including two in the Pagano Colts era. A 30-27 loss to Philadelphia at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 2 brings back disgusted memories as the Colts blew a 14-point lead at home. They lost 19-9 at San Diego last season.

So quarterback Andrew Luck will be looking for his first MNF win.

Here’s how the Colts have fared on Monday nights since 2004.

Sept. 15, 2014 — Philadelphia 30, Colts 27, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

Oct. 14, 2013 — San Diego 19, Colts 9, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego.

Oct. 3, 2011 — Tampa Bay 24, Colts 17, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Nov. 1, 2010 — Colts 30, Houston 17, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

Sept. 21, 2009 — Colts 27, Miami 23, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Oct. 27, 2008 — Tennessee 31, Colts 21, LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Oct. 22, 2007 — Colts 29, Jacksonville 7, Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Dec. 18, 2006 — Colts 34, Cincinnati 16, RCA Dome, Indianapolis.

Nov. 28, 2005 — Colts 26, Pittsburgh 7, RCA Dome, Indianapolis.

Nov. 7, 2005 — Colts 40, New England 21, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

Oct. 17, 2005 — Colts 45, St. Louis 28, RCA Dome, Indianapolis.

Nov. 8, 2004 — Colts 31, Minnesota 28, RCA Dome, Indianapolis.

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