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Colts Getting Win No. 2 Dwarfs Sightseeing In Trip To London

Intro: Playing the franchise’s first ever regular season game overseas, the Colts will not be out and and about exploring the touristy side of London. What is the message this week for the Colts?


INDIANAPOLIS – Any trip that spans five time zones and nearly 4,000 miles usually involves a multitude of touristy activities.

But just in case one thought the Colts would be taking in Big Ben and making their way through Westminster Abbey for several days this week, think again.

This is a business trip.

Win No. 2 is the objective, no matter what continent the ball will be kicked off from on Sunday.

"We're going over there for a reason---to play ball," Frank Gore, a guy who has played twice in London, says.

"Hopefully, we can get this win and make it two."

Safe to say the message has been heard by Colts' players.

"I think the offseason is probably the time and place to get excited about taking a trip across the pond and doing some sightseeing," Chuck Pagano says. "I don't think this is the weekend to do it."

Ever since this London game was announced in November of 2015, the Colts began prepping for a game that mirrors nothing like they've ever experienced.

Pagano has leaned on offensive line coach Joe Philbin, who was the headman in Miami last season for the Dolphins' game in London.

The Colts have had to break their weekly routine to adjust for traveling to London on Thursday evening.

Tuesday is normally an off day for players. Instead, the Colts held a light practice, knowing they didn't want to exert too much physically just 48 hours removed from playing San Diego.

Wednesday and Thursday were more normal practice days.

The Colts will then leave Indy just after 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

They are expected to land in London at 6:30 a.m. (London time) on Friday morning. Keeping the guys on their feet will be the goal that day.

An afternoon practice will wrap up things on Friday before the team has a final walk-through on Saturday.

Sunday's kickoff will come at 2:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. back in the states) at the 90,000-seat venue that is Wembley Stadium.

In case there was any question on what this trip is about for the Colts, Jim Irsay summed it up pretty accurately.

"We could go to London anytime for a vacation," Irsay says. "(But) my mantra to our football team and our players and coaches is this is a road division game. A game that we got our butts kicked last year in, badly. A game against a divisional team that's on the rise that's used to playing there.

"It's exciting to go to London, play the game, get the Horseshoe, get our brand over in Europe. It's something that's good and where the league is headed, so we're excited about going there.

"But we want to win the game, obviously."

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