The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


September 8, 2013

Mike Lopresti: Colts come through in clutch again


"No. 2 scrambling," he said. "You watched the game. Imagine how we were feeling on the field. He's a pain in the rear end."

Pryor zipped north, south, east and west — sometimes all on the same play. Just think how much fun the Colts might have with San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick in a couple of weeks.

"He had us all over the field all day," defensive end Cory Redding said of Pryor. "Everybody on the defensive unit, I think I speak for them all. We're kind of empty right now."

Then there is the offensive line. Will it protect Luck better this season or not? Luck was sacked four times.

But as he observed, he had the time, "when it counted."

And how about the hopes for a more productive running game? There were some flashes of promise Sunday, but the big run had to be made by Luck on the touchdown. He went back to pass, the Raiders' defense parted, and he turned into Moses.

Put it all together, and as Redding said, "We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of things we have to correct."

But Bethea mentioned that "It's always good if you can go watch the film and make corrections after a win."

No question about one thing. The Colts are still long on pluck and resolve and unity, which is how wobbly games somehow keep getting blown their way.

Pryor might have had the defense calling for oxygen, but when a stop had to be made at the end, it was.

"That's football," Redding said. "Them guys are going to make some plays. You just can't point fingers or judge or start getting mad at each other. You suck it up, line up, and stop them. That's it."

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