The Herald Bulletin

Midday Update

Pro Sports

October 14, 2013

Luck, Colts prepare for Monday night debut


INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts' formula thus far has called for a heavy dose of the running game.

Indianapolis ranks fourth in the league with 710 rushing yards and seventh with 151 rushing attempts. The results have been evident on the scoreboard, with the Colts' 139 points representing the sixth-most in the NFL.

The running game faltered early last week against Seattle but came on strong late to help close out a 34-28 victory against the high-flying Seahawks.

Seattle led that game 12-0 a little more than 10 minutes into the first quarter, and slow starts have been problematic for Indianapolis this year. Hamilton said much of the responsibility for turning that around rests on his shoulders.

"I got to do a better job of finding a way to get our guys in more of a rhythm," he said. "It's always tough when your first pass attempt of the game is an incompletion, for whatever reason. I got to do a better job of putting our guys in a position to execute and make plays early in the game and getting off to a faster start."

Nobody can argue with the way the team has been finishing games.

The Colts have outscored their opponents 35-7 in the fourth quarter, and Luck already has two fourth-quarter comeback victories this year. He's led nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime through his first 21 NFL games overall.

But the quarterback says Indianapolis' late-game success is not all about him.

"(It's) sort of the DNA of Coach Pagano," Luck said. "The way we play for him is you play 60 minutes as hard as you can. You score, and at the end of the day you're going to win it or lose it. That's how he wants us to practice. That's how he pushes us to practice. We take that to heart and have managed to come out on top more than on bottom."

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