Colts Take Care of Business

Heading into Sunday's meeting with Seattle, some observers thought the Indianapolis Colts might be overlooking the struggling Seahawks for their big AFC South matchup at Tennessee this week. It wasn't to be. The Colts came away with a 34-17 win and now look ahead to what should be a major battle between the winningest franchises in the AFC South.

Never mind that Tennessee is 0-4, or that Indianapolis is rolling along at 4-0.

"Being 4-0 doesn't guarantee anything except it means that we won't go 3-13," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "Other than that, there's not a whole lot of guarantees in this league. Every week is tough and it is a long season. We just finished the first quarter (of the season), so we will take a look at that and see where we are. We won't talk about (our won-loss record) until after we finish the second quarter (of the season).

"Obviously, next week is a big challenge for us. It is a team that 13-3 last year. I don't care what anybody says and know what the (final) score (of Tennessee's game at Jacksonville). They are a talented group. They are a hard-nosed group. We need to really get ready and go down there and play well."

Quarterback Peyton Manning likes the way his two young receivers, Pierre Garcon and rookie Austin Collie, have played through the early portion of the schedule. But he knows things will get tougher against Tennessee.

"(Collie and Garcon) have made some nice plays (through the first four games of the season). They really have. They've done a good job of getting into it in practice. Austin is a big-time film studier. And Pierre has a great work ethic. He really wants to get better. I do admire and appreciate that. But every day is learning day for these young guys," Manning said.

"I'm really pleased with the plays that they're making. All of us are. But you've just got to take it step-by-step before we crown them quite yet. It's a learning process. But work ethic wise, it's impressive for all the young guys that are playing. We've played a lot of young players. When we draft guys, we expect them to play right away. These guys have played a lot early. And they've done some good things. But they've just got to continue to grow."

LINEUP WATCH: Backup Freddy Keiaho has played relatively well at middle linebacker the last two weeks. Keiaho was the Colts' starting weak-side linebacker last year but was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He was not immediately re-signed. Keiaho, who had five tackles against the Seahawks, can play all three linebacker positions if needed.

UNDER THE RADAR: Undrafted rookie CB Jacob Lacey continues to impress. Lacey has seen playing time in the first four games of the season, both on special teams and as a backup cornerback. The former Oklahoma State starter has been able to hold his own in games with Miami, Arizona and Seattle.


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