INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts accomplished their goal last week — improve their running game. Now they want to keep it going.
The Colts ran for a season-high 148 yards in a 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, led mostly by two rookies — Vick Ballard and Andrew Luck.
"It's the fruit of our hard labor," Ballard said Monday. "Whenever you suffer a loss you want to get your edge back. We went back to the basics and figured out what we needed to do to get the win."
Ballard took advantage of an opportunity with running back Donald Brown out for the second straight week with an injured knee. On 20 carries, Ballard ran for 84 yards, giving interim head coach Bruce Arians a little more confidence in the running game.
"When he came here I thought he had that in him, it was nice to see that come out," Arians said. "He's a good, solid back and I think that the future is bright for him and I just want to stack those weeks together now."
For Luck, he says the amount of confidence he has in the running game doesn't change, but he's happy that Ballard is getting some recognition for his game.
Ballard said the way to make to way to keep offensive balance for the entire time is simply by getting better at details and the small things.
"Any football team wants to have a balanced offense," Ballard said. "Whenever you can have a good running game it obviously opens up the passing game."
On Sunday, the Colts passed for 186 yards.