Inconsistent Colts still find ways to win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm •  Published: December 26, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts keep giving mixed signals.

They are beating some of the best teams in the NFL, knocking off four of the league's six clubs with four or fewer losses — two of them on the road.

Yet Indy is ranked in the bottom half of the league in five of the six major offensive and defensive categories.

So how good is this Indianapolis team?

"I think that remains to be seen," tight end Coby Fleener said.

The Colts (10-5) host Jacksonville (4-11) on Sunday to wrap up the regular season. Then come the playoffs and a test of Indianapolis' prowess.

The Colts went to San Francisco and beat the 49ers in Week 3 and two weeks later handed Seattle its first loss. The Colts also gave Denver its first defeat in Peyton Manning's hyped-up return to Indianapolis.

"We play pretty much all of the elite teams," T.Y. Hilton said. "We pretty much showcase what we have. When the playoffs start, everybody has a clean slate, 0-0, and it goes by who's the better team that day."

Indy came out of its bye week with inconsistent play.

The Colts went to Houston, fell behind big, and came back late to beat the Texans. Then they got embarrassed in a 38-8 loss at home to St. Louis before they slipped past Tennessee on the road, 30-27, and lost big in Arizona, 40-11.

Still, the Colts haven't lost consecutive games since Andrew Luck was drafted. And last week's 23-7 victory at Kansas City gave Indy its first back-to-back wins since the Colts beat the Broncos and Texans.



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