INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a 27-0 shutout victory on Sunday afternoon, the Colts are starting to receive some national attention with a 5-2 record.
The Colts will return to the practice field on Wednesday with preparations for a trip to Pittsburgh ramping up.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Monday:
Chuck Pagano offered these injury updates to lead off his Monday press conference:
Reggie Wayne is in the process of having an MRI, after finishing the game with an injured elbow on Sunday.
Jerrell Freeman left the game briefly on Sunday but returned. He has a hip pointer and he's getting a scan. Pagano thinks Freeman will be okay.
Trent Richardson left the game late with a hamstring injury. He's getting an MRI.
Bowen's Analysis: Not much to decipher from Pagano's injury updates. The Colts head coach will meet with the doctors on Monday night to gather more answers on those three. Richardson did deal with a hamstring injury early on in Training Camp. Freeman, who missed time earlier this year with a hamstring injury, is now dealing with a hip pointer. Wayne missed a couple of plays on Sunday due to falling awkwardly on his elbow, before returning to the action.
Chuck Pagano on the pass rush benefiting from the play of the secondary:
"It's a collaborative effort. One complements the other.
"That whole secondary is playing extremely well right now."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Early in the game on Sunday, the Colts brought both of their safeties (Sergio Brown and Mike Adams) on a blitz. The Bengals couldn't handle the pressure and thus didn't convert a third down.
It was yet another indication of just how much faith and trust the Colts have in corners Vontae Davis and Greg Toler. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has no problem leaving those starting corners on an island while bringing several blitzers. The challenge on Sunday for the Colts secondary comes from the Steelers' Antonio Brown, one of the game's more electric pass catchers (2nd in the NFL at 104.8 yards per game).
Chuck Pagano on the offensive balance the Colts are getting:
"That was a blueprint for success right there yesterday.
"You can't draw it up any better."
Bowen's Analysis: Lost in every member of the Colts defense receiving a game ball on Sunday was the play of the offense. A few possessions were squandered in Bengals territory but the offense was once again its league leading self from a yardage standpoint.
The Colts got 171 rushing yards, 335 passing yards, the formula Pagano and Pep Hamilton want to be able to rely on in January. Pep Hamilton always preaches the importance of unpredictability and Sunday's game tape defines that with the Colts chewing up their largest rushing total in over a year, along with another 300-yard day from Luck.