INDIANAPOLIS – One final walk-through on Saturday morning is all that remains before the Colts travel to Denver this weekend.
After placing a pair of offensive linemen on injured reserve the past two weeks, the Colts have one of their cleanest injury reports of the year heading into Sunday.
Here's a rundown of what Chuck Pagano, Reggie Wayne and Arthur Jones had to say to the media on Friday.
Reggie Wayne on the biggest factor in earning a victory on Sunday:
"The thing with us, it always boils down to turnovers."
Bowen's Analysis: On about a handful of different occasions during Wayne's dozen minutes with the media on Friday, he went back to the importance of turnovers for the Colts.
This offense has rarely been stopped, for a consistent basis this year, without committing turnovers. That includes the first meeting in Denver where the Colts scored 24 points in the final 32 minutes, despite getting zero points out of a drive that was stuffed at the Broncos one-yard line. For me, the two biggest offensive keys on Sunday comes in protecting the football and converting chances in Broncos territory, particularly touchdowns in the red zone.Chuck Pagano on the Colts using checks downs in the passing game:
"We always talk about, 'never turn down a profit' and we saw the value of that and Andrew did a great job with it last week."
Bowen's Analysis: Against the Bengals, Boom Herron caught 10 passes out of the backfield. Andrew Luck has talked since the offseason about the need to rely more on check downs and Sunday was a great example of just that.
How Denver tries to defend T.Y. Hilton will have a massive impact on what the Colts can do underneath on Sunday. Pagano's quote is a great one and illustrates the benefit Luck can rely on by keeping the chains moving, without having to constantly hit on chunk plays.
Arthur Jones on having former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speak to the team after practice today:
"If that doesn't get you ready for a game, you're in the wrong business."
Bowen's Analysis: With Ray Lewis in the building doing interviews for ESPN, Chuck Pagano had his former linebacker speak to the team after their final practice of the week.
Jones said Lewis, a former teammate of his, definitely got some of the Colts attention with his passion for the game. Lewis' resonating message to the Colts on Friday struck with four words—"the time is now." INJURY NOTES
Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:
-PROBABLE- Jerrell Freeman (abdomen), Jonotthan Harrison (concussion), Andrew Jackson (hamstring), Henoc Muamba (back), A.Q. Shipley (ankle), Greg Toler (knee) and Erik Walden (knee).
-By far the best injury report of the year for the Colts. All 53 players practiced on Thursday and 52 did on Friday (Reggie Wayne had his normal rest day on Friday).