The Vikings haven't exactly put out the league's most feared defense, but their next opponent, the Colts, have been giving up yardage and points in big chunks. See what Tony Dungy has to say about that.
Colts coach Tony Dungy was faced with the expected questions Monday about his team's poor defensive performance in a 45-35 loss at Kansas City.
The Colts allowed 590 total net yards, 203 on the ground, and 33 first downs in dropping their second consecutive game.
It certainly doesn't get any easier this week for the defense as the Minnesota Vikings
come to the RCA Dome for a nationally-televised Monday night matchup.
"The thing we have to do is play better. Now the way you do that is for each guy to just do their job a little bit better," Dungy said. "We've talked about it as a staff with the defensive coaches and you can't try to create new or different things. We have to do what we do fundamentally and play a little bit better, a little sounder. That's the way that we're going to improve."
One area that continues to frustrate the Colts' defensive staff is the unit's performance in third-down situations.
"If we can cut our third-down percentages from where they are now - it's at close to 50 percent — down to the mid-30s, that's the difference," Dungy said. "If you get two or three stops in a game, force the other team to punt, for us that's going to do it.
"We'll zero in on that, but it's not re-creating the wheel or bringing in new players. It's just really doing what we've done all the way since training camp."
QB Peyton Manning admits that he and WR Reggie Wayne came up with the play that accounted for the Colts' final touchdown at Kansas City.
"Obviously, (coach) Tony (Dungy) called on fourth-and-three to go for it, but Reggie and I drew that one up in the dirt at the line just about. It's not really in the playbook."
RB Edgerrin James says that he knows that his role is with Colts is to be ready for anything.
"You never know what they are going to need me to do. I never know when we are going to run the ball. It's just a matter of making the best of every opportunity."
LB Keyon Whiteside is expected to be placed on the Colts' injured reserve list after suffering a torn patella in his right knee on Sunday.
SS Mike Doss underwent an MRI on Monday for a strained groin. Results of the MRI are expected by Tuesday or Wednesday.
WR-KR Brad Pyatt did not play against Kansas City due to a sprained right ankle. Pyatt may be able to return when the Colts play host to Minnesota in a Monday night game.
CB Joseph Jefferson was held out of the Chiefs game with a strained tendon in his right knee. Jefferson did not practice on Monday but could return for the Vikings game.
OG Tupe Peko played only on special teams against Kansas City. Peko was held out of the starting lineup due to lower back spasms. He might be able to return to the lineup against Minnesota.
OG Jake Scott, a rookie, started in Peko's place at right guard. Scott played the entire game.
LB Gilbert Gardner saw increased playing time against Kansas City. Gardner, a rookie, was in on 30 plays.