However, the schedule looks to be more in Indianapolis' favor. After playing six of their first 10 games away from Lucas Oil Stadium, four of the next six contests will be at home — including Sunday night's nationally televised matchup with the Chargers.
Injuries remain as the big question mark for the Colts. Setting a definite date for the return of running back Joseph Addai (neck), linebacker Gary Brackett (toe), linebacker Clint Session (elbow) and safety Bob Sanders (biceps) remains elusive.
"We're still in the thick of things," cornerback Jerraud Powers said. "You look around the league, there's still that pack (of teams) that can still control their own destiny. We're still tied for first in our division, even though we've had a few close losses through the season.
"We definitely want to separate ourselves from the pack. We've been saying that since the beginning of the season. There's nothing to hold our heads down about. We want to just move forward from here. Eventually this thing is going to turn around."
Consistency — or rather the lack of it — has been the big problem for the Colts this season.
"We've just been very inconsistent," coach Jim Caldwell said. "That's the thing that we've been talking about. Trying to get that consistent play throughout.
"If we play like we did in the second half (of the New England game), it shows we can get it done. We've just got to be able to do it from start to finish."
- Peyton Manning had 52 pass attempts against the Patriots, marking the first time in his NFL career that he has delivered at least 50 passes in a game three times in one season.
- Manning posted his 22nd game with at least four TD passes, breaking a tie with Dan Marino for the second most in league history.
- Tip your hat to them. Good team, good quarterback. We're a good team, too. We just didn't play as good as we're capable of playing." — Defensive end Robert Mathis, on the loss to New England.
- WR Austin Collie was pulled from Sunday's game midway through the second quarter, and there was no update Monday on his status. Collie suffered a concussion against Philadelphia two weeks ago and missed the Bengals game. He had five catches for 60 yards before leaving the New England game.
- WR Reggie Wayne's touchdown catch against New England was his 65th from QB Peyton Manning. Wayne and Manning are now tied with Buffalo's Jim Kelly and Andre Reed for the fourth most in NFL history involving a QB/receiver tandem.
- TE Gijon Robinson became the 35th player to catch a touchdown pass from QB Peyton Manning.
- Rookie LB Pat Angerer made his fourth start of the season and third at middle linebacker against the Patriots. Angerer led the Colts with 12 total tackles.
- RB Donald Brown had 68 yards rushing on 17 carries against New England, including 36 yards on one carry in the third quarter.
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