Indianapolis Colts Win Second Game in a Row: Fan’s Reaction

The are finally in 2011. After a 19-16 victory over the , Indianapolis has now won two games in a row and are turning things around. I had my doubts recently but the team has continued to play hard and is playing very good football lately.

The biggest factor in the turnaround has been the play of the defense. The defense was key to the win against the and played excellent once again against Houston. Whatever the reason, ever since the firing of defensive coordinator Larry Coyer and the promotion of linebackers coach Mike Murphy, the defensive is playing drastically better.

Indianapolis got constant pressure on Houston quarterback but couldn’t make a play to swing the game. The Colt defense constantly stopped Houston and Foster on third downs and were able to get off the field and give the ball back to the offense.

This game was one of the better offensive games Indianapolis has had in a long time. Several times this season, statistics have made Indianapolis appear that they have played better than they really did. They were often involved in blowout games where defenses were playing a prevent against them and giving up easy yards late in games. This was not the case against Houston, who has been very good this season on defense.

Quarterback Dan Orlvosky completed 23 out of 41 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown. He committed one turnover on a fumble but did not throw an interception. Orlovsky made several of his best throws late in the game that led Indianapolis to the victory. His touchdown throw to in the 2012 draft and the ability to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The talk all season is that Luck is supposed to be the next great quarterback in the NFL. The fact is that teams and fans never know if and when a quarterback will be great. This Colt team proves that players will never give up and will play every single game to win. No professional player wants anything more than to win regardless of the sport. As I sat watching and was torn by what outcome I was hoping for, I realized that I always want to see my team win. Whether they are 1-13 or 13-1, I want to see them win. I never thought I’d see Peyton Manning miss a game and you never know what will happen in the future. Seeing Reggie Wayne catch the game winning touchdown where Wayne had a touchdown catch with just seconds left against the . Although they are still just 2-13 on the season, I greatly enjoyed watching this win.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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Bill Polian says Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning making progress


INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Polian says negotiations between the and are progressing.

Just don’t expect the two sides to cut a deal this weekend.

“I would say we are simply moving ahead at a steady pace, but nothing is imminent,” Polian told The Associated Press after meeting with the NFL’s competition committee Wednesday.

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The competition committee is meeting in Indianapolis as part of the NFL scouting combine, which opens Thursday.

Manning’s deal is the Colts’ top offseason priority.

Team owner Jim Irsay said last week he had already offered Manning a deal that would eclipse ‘s record for annual average salary. Irsay did not provide additional details of the proposal, though he acknowledged Manning’s next contract cold be for five or six years.

Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract in September, giving him a league record $18 million average salary.

Indy is already hedging its bets, too.

Last week, it put the exclusive franchise tag on the only four-time MVP in league history, keeping him off the free-agent market. Under current rules, Manning could not negotiate with another team, and if he plays under the tag he will make about $23 million next season.

The Colts did the same thing in 2004 when they signed Manning to a seven-year, $98 million. They later rescinded the franchise tag.

Polian hopes something can be worked out before the league’s collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the day on March 3.

Manning’s deal would have the biggest impact under a new salary cap — if there is one in the next CBA. But Manning’s not the only player the Colts are trying to re-sign.

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Indy’s list of potential free agents includes , the best clutch kicker in NFL history; running back , their starter and best blocking back; , Manning’s blind-side protector; , who would likely move into the starting lineup now that the Colts have released safety ; starting linebacker and starting defensive tackle Dan Muir.

Negotiations have also begun with Vinatieri, Irsay said last week, and Polian said the Colts are pressing ahead with all those negotiations.

“We’re presuming it’s business as usual, and if that changes, we have a plan,” he said.

The Colts are certainly not standing pat after winning an eighth AFC South title in nine years. Coach Jim Caldwell also has hired two new coaches and reassigned three holdovers.

In addition to putting the franchise tag on Manning, the Colts claimed defensive tackle off waivers from Houston on Tuesday and they released Sanders, the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year, last week. Sanders had played in only nine regular-season games since signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal after the 2007 season.

While it’s unlikely Sanders will be back in a Colts uniform next season, Polian said Indy would be willing to bring him back if he does not sign with another team.

“I don’t know if I’d categorize it as a chance,” Polian said. “It would be nice to have him back, I can tell you that.”

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