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Urgency Turns Into Results With 44-17 Colts Win

Intro: In a week with a lot of questions surrounding the Colts, Chuck Pagano’s team answered them on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 44-17 victory in Jacksonville.





INDIANAPOLIS– The sense of urgency for the Colts was talked about all week long inside of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The Colts then took that mindset to Jacksonville and now returns home with a convincing victory in all three phases.

Behind a dominant 30-0 first half, the Colts put together a much-needed performance to move to 1-2 on the season.

"I am very pleased to get on the board because it's been a very, very long time," Chuck Pagano said after the game.

"Great locker room, great feeling. We haven't had that feeling since Kansas City (last season). It's been a long, long time since we had that (winning) feeling. I am very happy with the staff, the players and everyone involved."


Andrew Luck turned in his finest statistical performance in his two plus NFL seasons on Sunday afternoon.

With a career-high passer rating of 140.4, Luck was 31-of-39 for 370 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Luck completed 13 straight passes at one point on Sunday and he found nine different receivers at least two times.

Sunday was just another indication of the Colts offense not being specific to a certain style, rather knowing that weapons are all over the field for Luck to utilize.

The Colts scored on all six of their first half scoring drives and did not have their first punt until the 8:25 mark of the third quarter.

The 529 net yards of offense (385 passing and 144 rushing) were the most the Colts have piled up in nearly 10 years.

"Again, talk about all of the playmakers we have and the quarterback did a great job spreading it around," Pagano said after the 44-17 win. "When you can run the game effectively, it opens everything else up in your offense. It opens up the play-action game and we had a couple of good plays off the play-action. To have the yards on the ground like we did and be efficient in that way it opens everything else up for Andrew and the pass game."

"We know what (Luck) is capable of and we have to keep building on that."

Not to be out done by Luck and the offense was the defensive performance on Sunday afternoon.

The Colts defense held the Jaguars to just two first half first downs, the first time Indianapolis has done that since December 2008.

After just one sack in the first two weeks of the season, the Colts registered four on Sunday from every level of the defense.

Getting after Chad Henne and Blake Bortles led to some turnovers, too.

For the third straight year in Jacksonville, Florida native Darius Butler recorded a turnover when he pounced on a D'Qwell Jackson strip late in the first half.

Vontae Davis made a splendid interception in the third quarter and fellow starter Greg Toler rounded out the corner trio with a pick six of 47 yards in the fourth quarter.

"We generated some pressure not only with the four-man rush, but also blitz packages," Pagano said.

"(Defensive Coordinator) Greg Manusky and the defensive guys did a great job. Our players did a great job of getting to the quarterback. It's been an area we have talked a lot about and guys went out and performed today and got some numbers."

All week the Colts heard the numbers on the small percentage of teams that make the playoffs after dropping their first two, and even their first three, games.

The Colts made sure they wouldn't fall into that 0-3 category with a resounding victory in their first AFC South game of 2014.

Sunday's win begins a stretch of four games in 19 days for the Colts with Tennessee (1-2) coming to Lucas Oil Stadium next week.

"There definitely was a sense of urgency and you don't want to start 0-2 but you definitely don't want to start 0-3," Luck said after his career performance.

"We realize we control that and we go out and play this game. I think guys took it to heart and it was a divisional game on the road. This counts big time and we managed to put two decent halves together and get the win."

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