Which Colts Team Will We See Next?

Freeney and Mathis (AP/Darron Cummings)

Will the real Indianapolis Colts please stand up? Are the 2010 Colts the team that allowed 257 yards on the ground — and 231 yards to Texans running back Arian Foster — in a season-opening loss? Or is Indianapolis the team that limited the New York Giants to just 120 yards in 25 total rushing attempts in an impressive Sunday night victory?

The answer to those questions could begin to be answered this week when the Colts travel to the Mile High City to face the Denver Broncos.

The win puts the Colts back in a crowded AFC South race two weeks into the 2010 season. Houston knocked off Washington in overtime to go to 2-0 for the year, but Jacksonville and Tennessee both lost.

Indianapolis — along with the Jaguars and Titans — are all a game behind the division-leading Texans heading into this week's games.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell has been intent on staying the course, whether it's after a loss to Houston to begin the season or a big win over the Giants.

"It's kind of what we do every week," Caldwell said. "You have to get focused in on how you get better.

"The more time you spend on correcting your problems in a hurry and getting ready to move on to the next team, the better off you'll be rather than letting things linger. There's not a whole lot you can do about a game once it's over with. You have to look forward."

Instead of looking at the good plays made against New York in Sunday night's nationally-televised game, the Colts try to fix their mistakes as quickly as possible.

"I'd say for the most part what we try and do and focus in on is we do not do anything any differently in terms of how we go about our preparation," the Indianapolis coach said.

"We believe in the way in which we practice. We believe in the way in which we prepare. So, we go right back to work, understanding the mistakes that we made and get them corrected and keep moving forward."

Quarterback Peyton Manning knows one win does not make a season.

"I think you have to be careful saying, 'Well, we've done this in the past, we'll do it again.' It's about what you're going to go out and do now, this year," Manning said.

UNDER THE RADAR: Second-year defensive tackle Fili Moala, who spent most of his rookie year as a game-day inactive, has started the first two games of the 2010 season. Moala, the Colts' second-round draft pick from Southern California in 2009, has been a project of veteran defensive line coach John Teerlinck and the work appears to finally be paying off. He has split work with last year's starter, Antonio Johnson, who has been bothered by a strained groin since late in the preseason.

BY THE NUMBERS: After giving up 257 yards rushing in the season-opening loss at Houston, the Colts defense limited the Giants to 120 yards in 25 total carries. That improvement in the run defense has to continue heading into this week's game at Denver. Indianapolis has a history of allowing the Broncos to run the football with some effectiveness.


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