Colts Notes and Quotes: Nov. 8

Get the latest notes, quotes, stats and take a look at the history of the Colts-Steelers series inside as the two AFC powers get set to renew hostilities Sunday in Pittsburgh.

NOTES, QUOTES:

— Colts coach Tony Dungy has a 2-2 record against Pittsburgh, including a 1-2 mark while he has been in Indianapolis.

— Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is one of two former Dungy assistants that he will face as a head coach this season. Indianapolis will play Detroit (Rod Marinelli) on Dec. 14. Dungy has already faced former assistants Herm Edwards (Kansas City) and Lovie Smith (Chicago) in previous seasons.

— Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore was a Steelers assistant coach from 1977-89.

— "We have an experienced quarterback that can read defenses, and we have a lot of guys who can make plays down there. It's been good for us. In the games we've won, it's what really helped us." — Coach Tony Dungy, on the Colts' success offensively this season in the red zone.

— "You have to keep running it. Our two touchdown drives (against New England), we mixed the runs pretty well. They weren't super productive. But we got into second-and-7's and third-and-5s and we kept (the Patriots) off-balance a little bit. It's different than just throwing every down or being second-and-11." — Dungy, on the Colts sticking with the running game despite struggling in that area this year.

— "You're looking at tiebreakers and all these AFC games. Even if it doesn't end up being a head-to-head (tiebreaker), its AFC record. And we've put ourselves in that position where we have to win all of these." — Dungy, on playing teams in the AFC playoff race.

— QB Peyton Manning has completed 47 of 73 passes for 549 yards, completing 64.4 percent of his throws, for three touchdowns and four interceptions in two previous regular-season meetings with the Steelers. Manning has a 1-1 overall record against Pittsburgh.

— "They're an excellent team. The defense is excellent. I think they're No. 1 against the run and No. 2 against the pass, so there aren't really any weaknesses on that defense. There are a number of guys that have been playing there for a number of years. They are very familiar with the system and they're creating a lot of negative plays for the offense via sacks and turnovers. That's what you have to try to avoid when you play those guys." — Manning, on the Steelers' defense.

— "I think Pittsburgh's is a unique style of defense because of the players that they have. They do things that nobody else can do because of the players they have. They are very well coached and that's why it's going to be tough, because of the players they have." — Manning, on the chances of making big plays against the Pittsburgh defense.

— "No, it really doesn't matter (who starts at quarterback for the Steelers). Byron (Leftwich) came in (against Washington Monday night) and they ran the same plays and did everything the same, and he gave them a big lift. (Ben) Roethlisberger has played a lot without practicing. My sense is he'll be in there if there is any way possible, even if he doesn't practice. So that's who we're preparing for. But you're going to have to defeat that system, whoever the quarterback is." — Dungy, on if it matters who starts at quarterback for Pittsburgh this week.

SERIES HISTORY: 19th regular-season meeting. Steelers lead the series, 13-5. Pittsburgh also has a 5-0 postseason record against the Colts. The Steelers have won 13 of 14 meetings in Pittsburgh and are 6-4 in games played in Indianapolis, counting playoff matchups.

In regular-season games, the Steelers are 10-0 in home games and are 4-4 on the road against the Colts. Indianapolis is 0-1 against the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (28-10, 10/21/02). Pittsburgh has won 12 straight home games against Indianapolis/Baltimore.

The Colts' last win in Pittsburgh came on Sept. 29, 1968 (41-7). The series between the two franchises began in 1950. Pittsburgh handed the Colts two of their toughest postseason losses in recent years, posting a 20-16 win in the 1995 AFC Championship Game (at Three Rivers Stadium) and a 21-18 decision in the 2005 AFC Divisional Playoffs (at the RCA Dome).

Indianapolis won the last regular-season meeting, posting a 26-7 win at the RCA Dome on Nov. 28, 2005 as QB Peyton Manning completed 15 of 25 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Manning completed an 80-yard scoring pass to WR Marvin Harrison on the first play from scrimmage for the Colts.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 — As much as the Colts defense has struggled this season, the unit currently ranks 15th in the league in total defense. Indianapolis is allowing 324.6 yards in total offense, including 143.6 yards per game on the ground.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Hopefully I'm good again, but I don't know. I've got to put three, four and five (good games) in a row together. It's my year to go out and prove to the organization that it wasn't a waste of a draft pick." — CB Tim Jennings, on his chance to start for the rest of the season due to an injury to Marlin Jackson. Jennings has been inconsistent in his play over the last month.


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