The Colts had more chances to score in a season-opening 14-12 win over Jacksonville, but turnovers (an interception and a fumble), a missed 56-yard field goal, a failure to come through in a couple of key short-yardage situations and the inability to take advantage of Jaguars' mistakes almost allowed an otherwise good performance to get away.
"We need to go back and see what wrong in those situations," Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai said. "It really came down to a team win, but I think everybody has something to work on.
"For a first game, (Jacksonville) went pretty well. You still had your mistakes. And you still have things that you need to work on. But I think we'll have a little bit more confidence (heading into the Miami game)."
Freeney, Mathis and Brackett swarm Garrard in the fourth quarter
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
Defensive end Robert Mathis added that the Colts can't afford to let the win over the Jaguars dominate their thoughts in the coming week.
"It's like (Indianapolis defensive coordinator) Larry Coyer said, it's one round of 16. So we've just got to it one week at a time," Mathis said.
Center Jeff Saturday is glad that Indianapolis was able to get the 2009 season off to a better start than a year ago, when the team struggled at the beginning.
"We're real glad for the win, (against a) division opponent. A tough team like Jacksonville. They always play us close. I'm real happy for the win and getting that division jump," Saturday said.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell agrees.
"(The Jacksonville) game was a tough battle. We thought it would be a grind and it indeed was. Every time we face Jacksonville, it's a tough, hard-nosed battle. I think our team certainly played tough, played hard and played with a lot of energy. We had some good things happen out there," Caldwell said.
"We had some great performances. But you know we have things to work on."
While there were no updates from team officials after Sunday's 14-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, there have been unofficial reports that the former Ohio State receiver suffered a strained right knee ligament and could miss anywhere from two to six weeks.
With the loss of Gonzalez, the Colts have a couple of options. They could decide to stick with their players already on the roster, namely second-year WR Pierre Garcon and rookie WR Austin Collie as well TEs Dallas Clark, Gijon Robinson and Jacob Tamme.
A long-shot possibility is that Indianapolis might give some thought to bringing back former Colts WR Marvin Harrison, who was released last spring.
BY THE NUMBERS: 97 — Indianapolis has always struggled to slow down the Jaguars' running game. But in the team's season-opening win over Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts allowed 114 total yards on the ground. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who usually gives Indianapolis' defense fits, was held to 97 yards on 21 carries.
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