QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how quickly do the Colts forget about the New England game) * *
"We have enough veterans around here that can show the way. I think it helps that you're playing the Baltimore Ravens, a team that we are very familiar with and very familiar with how good of a team they are. (I) don't look at their record every time we play them. It's just a dogfight. Their defense is what we (Colts' offense) focus on. They have a lot of the same guys, a tremendous scheme. From that standpoint, it's really not hard because you better have a good week of practice and a great week of preparation, mentally and physically. Going to Baltimore is one of the toughest places to play."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the fans in Baltimore still give the Colts a hard time)
"It's a great football town, and they've always had great teams to pull for, so it's loud. It's one of the louder places to play. Once you get into the stadium, it's trying to figure out how to block No. 52 (LB-Ray Lewis) and you always figure out where No. 20 (DB-Ed Reed) is. That's what you get into. I can't speak for them. It was neat a couple of weeks ago. They had the 1975 Baltimore Colt team (in town). (Colts' Owner) Mr. (Jim) Irsay evidently had a great party for them on Saturday night. We got to some of the players out there on Sunday. I got to see QB-Bert Jones, who is friends with my dad and some of the other players. That was neat. The first time I've really had anything like that. I can't speak for how they (Baltimore fans) feel. I know it's a tough place to play."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how Baltimore's defense has changed with Rex Ryan now head coach of the New York Jets)
"I probably could tell you a little bit more after the game because you certainly see some similarities, but you know he's not there. There is a different defensive coordinator. Anytime that happens there is going to be change. You don't know if they will play us differently than they have in the past. Like I said, the things that are consistent are some of the same players. You have LB-Ray Lewis. You have DB-Ed Reed. (LB-Jarret) Johnson is having a good year at outside linebacker. It's a little bit of preparing for what you see, but be prepared, as always, for something different and be able to adjust to it."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the offense focuses on ball security even more against a defense like Baltimore)
"They do a great job of stripping the ball and tipped balls, DB-Ed Reed always seems to come across the field and catch them. They're looking to lateral and all that. We have to protect the ball. We have to stay out of penalties and third-and-long situations. Those get tough to overcome. We just have to be good in the basic fundamentals of football and have to make some plays. We have to make some plays. They're tough against the run, tough on third down. It's a stingy bunch."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on knowing that Baltimore's defense will make some plays)
"I think against these guys you have to be aggressive and patient, which you say are kind of two opposites, but I believe in that. You know there can be some negative plays. You hope your negative plays, though, are throwaways not turnovers, not game-changing plays where you put your team in a tough situation. They're an aggressive bunch, so you have to always be on your toes, at all time."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he ever has to have a shouting match with LB-Ray Lewis at the line of scrimmage)
"Through the years, they'll switch things and make calls. I guess he calls their version of audibles, or what not. He's a tremendous player. Every year you hope that you might see some slowdown in him, but you just don't see it. He obviously keeps himself in great shape in the way he trains in the offseason. The energy has never gone anywhere but up. He seems to be more energetic every single year. I know when we play against him, he'll have that bunch ready to play. If (LB-Terrell) Suggs is injured, as the potential reports are, you know that he is going to be even more of a motivator to get those other guys ready to play. It's always a tremendous challenge playing against him."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on LB-Ray Lewis always being mic'ed up by NFL films)
"I know fans probably enjoy that. I think other players around the league enjoy hearing Ray mic'ed up. The thing about it is, you see some guys that only talk when the cameras are around them, that's real. That's how he is in the first quarter. That's how he is in the fourth quarter. It's consistent. I appreciate that about the way he plays."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the enjoys the challenge of going up against LB-Ray Lewis)
"It's their team. It's a grind. It's a tough challenge. Like New England, it's almost become like a division game. We've played them every year and played them in the playoffs a couple of years back. It's a very familiar opponent, but it is a physical and mental challenge."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on any memorable lines from LB-Ray Lewis during a game)
"No, not that I can think of. Most of the time, he's saying something because I'm saying something at the same time. I don't really have a chance. I'd like to hear some of the things he's saying, just because I have a great appreciation for him. I think they're always a tougher team to play on the road, where it's loud and their crowd is into it. They pump their crowd up. Those guys are smart fans. It'll be a challenge."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what would happen if he ever got laryngitis)
"That could be hard. I always do that scenario, let's say you had no timeouts and you hit a big play to WR-Reggie (Wayne) and all you have to do is get up there and spike it to stop the clock and kick a field goal, and I couldn't make it down there. I'm just going to lay down and (RB-Joseph) Addai has to go up there and call the play, spike it and get them all on the same page. He'd be the guy. That would be tough, as much as we're having to do. It's one thing if the wide receivers can't hear you, but if I couldn't get it to C-Jeff (Saturday), then we really have no chance to get anything going. We'd probably have to huddle and get up there and call the play. We might have to do the old rotate the receivers and running backs in and let them call the play. I'd like to have that mic'ed up, just to see how all of that came out. That would not be a good thing."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on TE-Dallas Clark needing one catch to break TE-John Mackey's franchise record for catches by a TE)
"(WR-Austin) Collie had a friend in for the game, who is a tight end at BYU, that is evidently a really good player. I'm not totally familiar with him, but he said he's a potential Mackey Award candidate (award given to college football's best tight end. Clark won the honor in 2002). That award meant a lot to Dallas coming out of college. I think he has a great appreciation for who John Mackey was before he got drafted by the Colts. I know he has more now. Whether they played in Baltimore or we play in Indianapolis, you still have a great appreciation for great football players. That would be a tremendous accomplishment and a great credit to Dallas. I think it would be special for him because he knows what a great player Mackey was."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on it possibly being awkward for TE-Dallas Clark to break the franchise TE receptions record held by TE-John Mackey in Baltimore)
"I'll say this, if he doesn't get a catch then things aren't going well for us, but I would tell the people of Baltimore that Dallas respects the right guys. He has an appreciation for what John Mackey accomplished."