The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Sports Columns

December 1, 2013

Mike Lopresti: Colts good enough this time


"Sometimes," Luck said, "you've just got to gut a win out."

The defense seized the day and forced four turnovers, a week after being shredded by Arizona.

"We made up our minds that enough was enough," Cory Redding said.

All in all, then, it was a gut-check day. "Theyre a resilient bunch," coach Chuck Pagano said. "Got more resolve than anybody I've ever been around."

But . . .

Everyone knew that already. The Colts' perseverance is a given.

Their offense currently is not. This team has produced two touchdowns in two games. The third down conversion rate Sunday was 3-for-14. Of the 104 yards rushing, 78 came on the last drive, and 24 — nearly a quarter of the day's total — on one Luck scramble.

But . . .

The Colts have atoned for enough sins to have a choke hold on first place. If they win next week in Cincinnati, they would be on a path to the No. 3 seed in the AFC.

"Every team goes through ups and downs," Vinatieri said. "As we always say, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Very seldom do you not have a speed bump or a roadblock. The good teams figure out way to get that behind you and keep moving forward."

Pagano is not shy of tinkering, which is why Brown was in the starting lineup Sunday and Trent Richardson was not. The buzz from the Richardson trade has long since faded, muted by too many one-yard gains.

So it was Brown who led the last clock-devouring scoring drive, when the Colts went marching north in Lucas Oil Stadium, just as their season threatened to go south. "Division hanging in the balance, everything on the line, and the guys manned up," Pagano said.

Not that he wants his team to relax with a three-game lead. "What I told the guys was, we're not going down that road," he said. "We're not exhaling."

But . . .

Lots of customers dressed in blue were exhaling late Sunday afternoon. Another crisis passed. This team of pluck and faults keeps plowing onward. How far, who could guess?

Text Only
Sports Columns
AP Video
Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Notre Dame Investigating 4 Football Players Manfred Elected Next MLB Commissioner As Probe Begins, Stewart Steps Away From Track Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash Phelps 'Looking Forward' to U.S. Nationals Alleged Head of Sports Doping Ring Arrested NBA's Spurs Hire Becky Hammon As Asst. Coach Phelps Signs With New Suit Company Michael Phelps Faces Grueling Comeback Test NFL Hall of Fame Welcomes Class of 2014 Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should the Pacers match Portland's offer sheet to center Roy Hibbert?

Yes, Hibbert is important to the team and the community
No, four years and $58 million is too much
Not sure, I like Hibbert but think the money could be better spent elsewhere
     View Results