These Colts are dialed in to the here and now, not what may or may not happen in the future. Indianapolis has just gotten past a tough Tennessee Titans team that had won five games in a row before coming to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Now 12-0 for the season and winners of 21 straight regular-season games, Jim Caldwell's team is beginning preparations for the Denver Broncos, the next team up on the schedule and the next team to visit "The Luke."
"(The winning streaks are) not something that you take for granted," Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said. "It's funny, we've had a lot of guys that have been here for four, or five or six years now. You try to tell these guys when you win a couple in a row, or three or four in a row, that this is not normal. It's not normal to win 10, 11 or 12 games every year. But these guys who have been here for five years look at me and say, 'It is normal for us.' That's all they've known.
"I guess when you go 3-13 as a rookie and have a 6-10 season, you certainly do not take it for granted. It's obviously hard to win (in the NFL). It does build momentum. But we have taken it one week at time and try to enjoy it. We've been allowed to enjoy it when we come to work the next week (and begin to prepare) for the next opponent."
TRENDING: Indianapolis' defense remains one of the league's best at keeping teams out of the end zone, allowing just 16.8 points per game.
"I think it's because we've been in that situation a few times now. We just play with a whole bunch of poise," LB Gary Brackett said. "Guys don't press. There's really no arguing out there. Guys just keep making plays. (Sunday) it was Jerraud (Powers) and (rookie cornerback) Jacob Lacey. And next week it will be someone else.
"Once you get in the red zone, you want to eliminate those touchdowns and hold them to field goal attempts. Because if they try it on fourth down, you've got to come up with a big stop."
LINEUP WATCH: Rookie DT Fili Moala was the Colts' second-round draft pick last spring. But the former USC defensive lineman got his rookie season off to a slow start. He was inactive for the first five games of the regular season and has been inactive for six games overall.
But when Indianapolis decided to part ways with DT Ed Johnson last month, it was time for Moala to step up. And he's done just that. Moala was unofficially credited with two tackles in the win over Tennessee, helping the Colts slow down Titans RB Chris Johnson.
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