Close Calls Don't Discourage Colts

Don't tell the Colts that they've been lucky the last four weeks. Yes, the Colts have posted close wins over San Francisco (18-14), Houston (20-17), New England (35-34) and Baltimore (17-15). And, no, Indianapolis hasn't played as well — especially offensively — as it did earlier in the season.

But the simple fact remains that Jim Caldwell's team is 10-0 for the season and is one of the NFL's two undefeated teams.

The Colts, almost to a man, refuse to buy into the notion that they haven't earned each and every one of the last four victories. Especially Sunday's road win over the Ravens.

"Every game ain't going to be a thousand yards," wide receiver Reggie Wayne said. "Every game ain't going to be a thousand points. It's football. Those guys (Baltimore) are on scholarship, too. They're trying to stay in playoff contention, so you know they're going to play (hard)."

Despite the fact that the offense has only produced one game with 30 or more points over the past four weeks, there has been no concern along the Indianapolis sideline or on the practice field.

"Not a lot of panic. And no finger pointing. We don't point the finger at the defense if they're giving up touchdowns. They don't point the finger at us if we're turning the ball over," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "That's team football. Good teams are the ones that aren't divided. We've truly won 10 games as a team."

Wayne agrees.

"All we can do is correct our mistakes, play Colts football and keep rollin' W's" he said.

NOTES, QUOTES

— The Colts have now won 19 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2008 season. Indianapolis needs two more victories to tie New England's NFL mark of 21 straight win from 2006-08.

— Indianapolis has registered its eighth consecutive regular season with 10 or more wins. It's the second-longest such streak in NFL history behind San Francisco's run of 16 straight regular seasons with 10 or more victories (1983-98).

— "I am emotionally exhausted. I'm toast. I may not show it, but I'm toast. That's hard, especially against friends and a team you love so much. I don't mind saying it: I love the Ravens. Hey, what was I doing when the Colts hadn't signed me yet? I was coming to Ravens games." — Colts PK Matt Stover, on kicking against the Ravens. He played 13 seasons with Baltimore before being released in the offseason. He still lives in Baltimore.

— "We're like machines. They program us to keep pushing, don't fall. Keep chugging away, chugging away. There is no time to point fingers or put your head down. Just keep going, keep going and find a way to get it done." — Colts WR Reggie Wayne, on the team's philosophy of "next man up" when players are injured, others step in and play without missing a beat.


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