Team Won't Get Caught Up In Fast Start

Yes, the Indianapolis Colts have gotten the 2009 season off to a 3-0 start and have forged themselves a two-game lead over Houston and Jacksonville (both at 1-2 for the year) in the AFC South. And the Tennessee Titans, the defending divisional champions, have yet to win a game this season (0-3).

Colts coach Jim Caldwell, however, isn't about to let his team get too carried away with its run of success, including Sunday night's 31-10 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals. Not with a home game coming up on Sunday with the Seattle Seahawks and a road matchup with the Titans in two weeks.

"This league is so tough and it's tough to win a game. It doesn't give you any indication what we're going to do in the future. It does not give you any indication what's going to happen this week. We'd better get ready to play a tough Seattle team and focus in on that and don't worry (about the team's current record)," Caldwell stressed.

"It's results that count in this league. Every week we have to go out and prove ourselves. We try not to look at things in terms of the future. I'm a real single-minded purpose guy. I don't talk about future events very often until they come into fruition. I like to kind of add (wins and losses) up at the end (of the regular season). Let's tally them and see where we are."

It may be fair to say that Indianapolis' performance in the win over the Cardinals may have gotten the attention of the rest of the league.

The Colts rolled up 505 yards on offense, including 379 off the right arm of quarterback Peyton Manning (24-of-35 passing, four touchdowns, and one interception). Defensively, Indianapolis held the defending NFC champions to 24 yards rushing while sacking Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner four times and intercepting him twice.

"I think our team played well," Caldwell said. "I think we were pretty sharp in all phases. The guys certainly demonstrated a lot of resolve in terms of this victory. They played hard. They played smart. They executed well once we got that rolling. I think our defense really accepted the challenge that was placed before them after the previous week's performance. They came out and did a very nice job of stopping the run and making Arizona one-dimensional. That gave us the opportunity to rush the passer.

"Once we got rolling offensively after our first four possessions we really got hot. We had great pass protection. We ran the ball, I think, fairly well. We had a lot of big plays. Peyton had a big day and the receivers did a nice job as well. In our kicking game, I thought we were solid. I thought we covered well, particularly with a team that has a real fine kickoff returner and punt returner. I think our guys did a nice job overall."

Still, there is always room to get even better.

"The thing we're pleased with is we are improving every week. We are getting a little bit better. We are getting to the point where we think we are a pretty consistent performing team," Caldwell said. "We've been a little up and down the first couple of weeks. All the 3-0 start has ensured us is we won't go 2-14. We still have a lot of work to do."

TRENDING: The running game is making a comeback. Indianapolis struggled with its running game last season due to injuries to RB Joseph Addai and to several key members of the team's offensive line, including C Jeff Saturday, OG Ryan Lilja and OT Tony Ugoh. But the Colts are healthier in 2009 both at running back and along the offensive line. Indianapolis averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the win over Miami two weeks ago and then put up 122 rushing yards in this week's victory over Arizona.

LINEUP WATCH: Indianapolis continues to get strong play from a pair of rookie cornerbacks. Jerraud Powers has started two of the team's three games while undrafted Jacob Lacey has played well in a backup role early in the season. Both Powers and Lacey have been getting more work due to veterans Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) and Marlin Jackson (knee) seeing limited to no work.


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