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- The Colts are looking to stay motivated and build momentum starting this week against the Texans.
The Colts Report Week 15: Catching Fire
Just like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy, the Indianapolis Colts are looking for a spark to catch fire and ride the flames into the post season.
The Colts (8-5) are looking to stop the mediocre play and their losing ways with a victory over the Houston Texans (2-11) this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts managed to win the AFC South last week even though they lost their game against the Bengals. They can thank and old friend, Peyton Manning, for officially putting them in the post season. Denver's victory over the Titans, even with the Colts loss, sealed the deal.
Time to celebrate? Well, there are still three games to go in the regular season and the Colts have been inconsistent at best for the second half of the season.
"They are coming here to win a football game," asserted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano when asked about the upcoming game against the Texans.
Questions about how the Colts will find motivation to get up for a game against a team that has the worst record in the NFL filled the air at the Colts Complex this week.
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- Coach Pagano is looking to get the Colts mojo going.
Pagano borrowed from remarks Robert Mathis made earlier in the week. "We need to light the flame and catch fire. We need to start the fire and get the mojo going."
Many of the players used the phrase "catching fire" several times in the locker room this week.
Is there any less desire to win a division game after winning the division? "No, no, you show up to play," said Mathis, "You sign up for 16 games."
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- Robert Mathis signed up for 16 games.
Defensive End Cory Redding added, "You need to continue to show why you won the division. We want to keep up the presence of dominance in the league. We control our own destiny. As far as what we do from here on out, catching fire, just doing good things. We want to go into the playoffs strong, not limping in, going in strong and that is the mindset. Even though we have the title, we still go out and put a good product on the field."
A few other interesting items that coach mentioned regarding the receiver group of the Colts.
If you are wondering where T.Y. Hilton has been the last few games, coach says he is beat up a little bit and battling a shoulder injury. He will continue fighting through it and the recent production from some of the other receivers should help out and hopefully make the opponents worry about more than just one game breaker.
Pagano was asked if the successful outing last week from reserve wideouts LaVon Brazill and Da'Rick Rogers would put them in the game more and take snaps from the struggling Darrius Heyward-Bey.
"They were productive and gave us a spark, said Pagano, "They earned the right to play more."
The Texans, Chiefs and Jaguars are the three games remaining for a stagnant Colts team this season. Going on a run and winning all three would be just the spark they need to catch fire and get hot at the right time. Only one of those opponents has a winning record. Light the flame now and see how long it will burn, but waiting much longer is not in the teams best interest.
Lastly, Justin Timberlake wasn't the only star at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Andrew Luck attended the Pacers vs. Heat game as well, and hopes to make it back for more games during the playoffs.
"What a great atmosphere, Roy Hibbert was on fire, it was fun to watch. It's good for the city. After the season, hopefully, we can watch them make a great post season run."
The post season is assured for this Colts team, how far they go is up to them. The next three weeks will show us what this group of players is made of. Will they catch fire?