No Rest For Struggling Colts

The Colts' five-year reign as the best team in the AFC South came to a shuddering end Monday night against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans move to 7-0 with the win, 3-0 in the division, while Indianapolis -- which will now return home to Lucas Oil Stadium for a Sunday night game with the New England Patriots -- drops to 3-4 overall and is now 1-2 in the AFC South race.

With games coming up with New England this week at Lucas Oil Stadium and next week at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis needs to get its season turned around in a big hurry.

"We definitely need to get our stuff together. This is a critical week for us. It is a short week, but we definitely need to get everything in one accord and make sure that when we play the Patriots we are all on the same page," running back Dominic Rhodes said.

"We need to get this record evened up again," said cornerback Marlin Jackson. "We need to tie up the loose ends and start making plays. That's the bottom line right now.

"We just have to win. We have to win one game at a time. That's all that you can do. We have to practice and we have to execute down the stretch. We have to keep on battling, keep on fighting to get this right. We still have time. We are not totally out of it (the playoff race). We've made it tough for ourselves in the division, but we still have a shot."


— Monday's 31-21 loss in Tennessee wasn't as bad as the score indicated. Two late Titans touchdowns were the different, and coach Tony Dungy said his team just didn't make the plays it needed to down the stretch. "You're there in the fourth quarter with a chance to make some plays," he said. "But when it happened (Tennessee) made them all. We played really high energy, but didn't play well enough to win."

— Dungy also isn't giving up hope on making a run at the AFC South title. "(The loss) is going to make it doubtful to win the division, but it doesn't mean that much (for the season)," he said. "We'll see what the last nine games bring. If we play well and get ourselves on a streak and get going, we can be a playoff team. And I think once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen as we've seen in two of the last three years."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We understand where we are right now. Four losses, we're not going to be able to afford to lose too many more. You're going to have to get yourself on a winning streak. You've got to start playing well consistently, for four quarters, week after week after week. That's what we've got to fight to do. And we've got guys in (the locker room) that can do it." Coach Tony Dungy on looking forward to what the Colts have to accomplish in the weeks ahead.

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