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Five Games, Five Heart Stoppers For 2016 Colts

Intro: With the Colts five games into the 2016 season, there’s been zero shortage of end-game drama in Indianapolis. What do the players think of all the close games to start 2016?


INDIANAPOLIS – D'Qwell Jackson thought he had seen it all in 10 NFL seasons.

After a decade in the NFL, this league has once again given Jackson something that has Colts Nation on edge for 60 minutes every week.

Heart-stopping football. Games not decided until the final minutes. That's the 2016 Colts.

"I've already lost all my hair. I don't know what else I can lose," a smiling Jackson said after the Colts had yet another one go down to the wire in Week Five.

"It's been stressful."

Dwayne Allen sounds like a good politician in describing the entertainment of the first five games this season.

"I guess we just want to make sure our season ticket holders are getting their money's worth," Allen says, cracking a smile.

Living on edge week-after-week is no recipe for long-term success in a season, but that's what the Colts have had to encounter this season.

In each one of the Colts' games this season, every one was in serious doubt at the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter.

Stress-free finishes, on either side of the equation, has yet to happen this season.

Andrew Luck acknowledges the pluses, and the minuses, of such games.

"On one side, it's a good thing to have a chance to win the game," Luck said after the Colts' six-point win over the Bears. "On the other side, I think we're doing some things to hurt ourselves.

"I don't want to take anything away from Chicago. They played a good football game and we're fortunate to have come out on top. I think you get penalties, the delay of game at the end, some of the drive killers that we go back and look at. We're getting some of it fixed, but by no means is it all fixed. The beauty of it? Again, we're in Week Six. We get to go out and practice and see if we can get better."

If past history is any indicator, fans might have to wait a few more weeks for the Colts to have a calmer fourth-quarter finish.

They go to Houston this Sunday. Each of the last three road games in Houston have been one-possession games.

In two weeks, the Colts will hit the road to take on the Titans. Road games in Nashville have produced three one-score results in the last four years.

Let the madness continue?

"It's come down to the very end (every week)," Jackson said on Sunday.

"Those are the type of games we face and those are the types of games we are going to have to win throughout the entire season."

A candid look inside the Colts locker room following their win over the Bears.

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