"They are a dangerous team, point blank, period," outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. "Their scheme, the things they do, they do well. Make no mistake about it, we're not looking at their record because they are the two-time AFC South champions, and we respect them as such."
The most difficult portion of Indianapolis' season ended with a thrilling victory two weeks ago against Denver. But the most interesting — and important — stretch of the schedule is just getting started.
The good news is, the Colts are smart enough to know they haven't accomplished anything yet.
"I think we all, in this locker room, realize no one cares what your record was Week 8, Week 7, whatever week it is in the season," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "It's all about what the record is at the end of the year, and if we can focus on each game like it's the biggest — because it is, the next game's always the biggest — then we've got a chance."