Manning: We Have To Go Out There And Do It

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talks to the media about the toughness of Baltimore's defense, the challenge of playing in a hostile environment, the Colts' recent success on offense, dealing with injuries, and more!

On the Baltimore-New England Monday Night Game...

"I did watch a little bit of it just because we're playing Baltimore this Sunday. It was really the first chance I've had to see Baltimore play. Their defense is what I remember it was last year and what it was the year before. It's always very stingy. They don't give up any easy yards. It's tough to run against, and obviously in the passing game, they give a lot of different looks. They do play straight coverage. You have to get open against (Chris) McAlister and (Samari) Rolle and (Ed) Reed, and that's no easy task. It was just a good reminder of how good they really are, on defense especially."

On if he was able to watch the Baltimore-New England game as a fan...

"I just watched the game and when we got the film of that game on Tuesday, watched it more from an analytical point of view. I think I probably would have watched it more as a fan if we weren't playing them the next week. But yes, you're kind of looking to see some things and you try to get a jump-start on that game because you have one less day to study it."

On what kind of atmosphere he expects...

"You certainly expect it being the night game and a prime-time game to be that hostile, enthusiastic atmosphere. It looked like they were rocking pretty good on Monday night, and we expect the same type of environment on Sunday night."

On the Colts playing well in tough venues...

"It's hard to think about some of the other ones, but Baltimore alone, it's an extremely loud place to play. It's essentially been that same core group of defensive players since I've been playing against them, as far as (Ray) Lewis in the middle and of course (Ed) Reed kind of leads up that secondary. It's tough. They're tough to move the ball against, and every yard that you get you kind of feel good about. Having to go back there this year when the schedule came out, I knew that would be tough, especially late in the year. It's going to be a tough game for us."


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On if they takes pride in the fact they can play in a tough environment and do their business...

"You certainly can draw on previous wins or success up to a point, but it really doesn't guarantee you anything as far as what's going to happen this season. It's a new team, we have a lot of young players, a lot of new players that we're trying to explain to them just how tough a place it is to play and just how good this Ravens defense is. So, you can draw on past things up to a point, but really it's about trying to go out there and do it this year."

On the Ravens' physical defense and pressure...

"It's always been kind of the staple of their defense. It starts with their good players, though. You have to have the kind of players to be able to play that complex scheme, excellent corners can play a lot of man-to-man, leave them out on an island. Obviously, a lot of smart players to figure out the different defenses that they're in, so it's always a challenge when you play these guys."

On the offense getting back on track...

"It's still kind of week to week. Obviously, we did some good things this past Sunday (vs. Jacksonville), especially on third down, pretty good down in the red zone for the most part, aside from the turnover. We'd like to try to have some of that same production again this week, but we still have to go out there and do it. This team is great on third down, I think number two in the red zone, so it is a tough group to move it against. It was good experience for some of the young guys on Sunday playing in that kind of game against Jacksonville, so hopefully they can draw on that and feel even more comfortable in this game on Sunday."

On how the Colts have overcome injuries the way they have...

"It's a testament to the guys that have had to step in and play. They have worked hard to get themselves ready to play. I think the veteran players have done a good job helping those guys get ready to play. Certainly, it's part of it. And it's never something you want to get used to, as far as having to deal with the injuries, but you definitely have to deal with it. We have dealt with it all season, we're still dealing with it. It sort of is what it is, I guess. I can't give you one definitive answer, but I'd say you have to give credit to the players that have stepped in to play."

On if wins this season have been more satisfying because of the injuries...

"All wins are extremely satisfying, and they're all hard-earned. I think when you spend a lot of time working with a young player and helping him with something, and I'm sure the coaches feel satisfied when they have a young player, a rookie, that they kind of have groomed to get ready to play and the guy goes out and does his job. I'm sure there is some satisfaction in that, but any time you do whatever you can do to win a game, it's definitely a solid feeling."


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