Colts Relish Easy Win

Tony Dungy readily admitted it felt a little strange, standing on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium late in the fourth quarter of the Colts' game with Cincinnati and his team holding a 32-point lead.

After all, the average winning margin during the Colts' previous five consecutive victories was a measly four points. But after watching Indianapolis register a 35-3 win over the struggling Bengals, improving its record to 9-4 overall, Dungy was just happy to get the game over with.

His quarterback, Peyton Manning, pretty much felt the same way.

"It didn't feel easy out there. We look at teams, we don't look at records. (Cincinnati) has good players. They have good schemes. You still have to go out there and make the plays," Manning said.

"We did a good job of getting touchdowns, not having to settle for field goals. That is what you've got to have in order to wins games. You've got to be able to score touchdowns and be good in the red zone. Like I said, offensively and defensively we are sort of feeding off of one another. When one is down, the other is picking them up. Ideally, you want both of them to play great at the same time. It's truly been a one-game-at-a time mentality since we have been 3-4 and that was the philosophy (against the Bengals). That will be the philosophy the rest of this month."

Tight end Dallas Clark agrees.

"I think (the Colts are starting to peak). I think this is the right time of the year, too. We are getting some guys back and getting some kind of gelling going on out there in all three phases. That's definitely what you want to be seeing come December," Clark said.

"We have three more games left and you want to be hitting full stride here and we're definitely doing that. But the great thing is that there are still things that we need to correct. And there are still things we can be better at. It's a good thing that we still have things to work on. I think we have the right mentality to just go out there and get better every week."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We haven't had that (a big lead in a game) in such a long time. You get them by working hard. You never know when they are going to come. But it was fun to have some of our young guys in there and see them play and get some rest for our (veteran) guys. We have two games coming up in five days (at home Sunday against winless Detroit followed by a Thursday game at Jacksonville). We'll need that (rest) and hopefully take advantage of it." — Dungy.

TRENDING: The Colts defense has not given up a touchdown in its last two games. The last touchdown allowed by Indianapolis came with 9:24 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 road win at San Diego on Nov. 23.


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