Coming off the Miracle at Lucas Oil Stadium, the 35-34 come-from-behind win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night, the Indianapolis Colts know that they'll have their work cut out for them this week.
The Colts will be taking to the road to face the Baltimore Ravens. That's not an easy task in any circumstance. But coming off such an emotional win over New England might make it that much tougher.
Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell, though, has done a pretty good job this season of keeping his team's focus. And Caldwell has seen the Colts find ways to win despite not playing at their very best.
"That's a great thing about (Indianapolis' players), they're resourceful. Sometimes, things might not be going very well in one area and they find a way to strengthen us in another," Caldwell said. "Maybe it's our kicking game that holds up and really comes on and keeps a team at bay, or maybe it's our defense that slows a team down enough for our offense (to get) on track, or maybe it's the offense getting out in front early so that we can turn our pass rushers loose.
"I think the ability to win a number of different ways is good, because this league will force you to do so. Oftentimes, you will find what you may consider to be a strength one week, well, the opposition is going to look at that and say, 'Okay, well how can we take this particular phase away from them?' (They) try to make you play left-handed. Therefore, you have to find other ways to win, and I think our team has been good at that, so far."
That was certainly the case in the New England game. Indianapolis struggled to get the offense untracked and the defense had problems trying to slow down the Patriots' passing game. Still, the Colts managed to win their ninth straight game this season and their 18th consecutive game dating back to last year.
"That would probably be a good thing if we could run it a little bit better than we've been running it. The goal is to win. I don't think you'll find any coaches that are satisfied with how they are doing things. There are always things you can work on. We certainly feel that way," Caldwell said.
LINEUP WATCH: With Joseph Addai suffering an injured finger in the first quarter of the New England game, second-year RB Chad Simpson and rookie RB Donald Brown received the bulk of the work early on.
Simpson had 36 yards in four carries while Brown added 14 yards in four rushing attempts. It was his first game back after missing the last two weeks with a shoulder contusion.
UNDER THE RADAR: Rookie CB Jacob Lacey knew that he would be picked on when he faced the New England Patriots. He had the tough task of trying to defending passes thrown to Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss, who had nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Still, Lacey -- who was undrafted -- held his own as he registered seven total tackles (six solo) with a pass broken up.
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