Slow Start Has Colts in a Hole

K Josh Scobee (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

After dropping a 31-28 road game to AFC South rival Jacksonville, the Colts dropped to 2-2 for the season. But more important, Indianapolis is 0-2 in the division with both losses coming on the road.

"The assessment (on the season) is we're 2-2. It's not what we want to be. It's not what we set out to be. But it's what we are though," quarterback Peyton Manning said.

"We have to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole. We are in a hole because we are behind in the division. We've lost two division games. It's certainly disappointing. And on the road too. You have to be able to win on the road. We're 1-2 on the road (this year) and that's disappointing too. So we've got to go to work."

The Colts have never been 0-2 in AFC South play since the division came into existence is 2002. Houston is 3-1 overall and leads the AFC South, followed by Tennessee, Jacksonville and the Colts all at 2-2.

"We've faced some adversity before and we've had situations where we've had to dig ourselves out of a little bit of a hole. We're just going to have to (get back into division title contention) a little different way than we've done it previously," coach Jim Caldwell said.

The road ahead won't be easy with the home game against an unbeaten Chiefs team that is coming off a bye. The Colts will then travel to Washington before having their own bye week on Oct. 24.

"Obviously, we still have a chance here to get things going in the direction that we want. We ended up the (first) quarter (of the season) 2-2, which is not where we'd like to be. Our charge is to make this second quarter much better," Caldwell said.

Kansas City has been one of the surprise teams in the NFL through the early portion of the season. But the Colts coach knows they're for real.

Caldwell said, "We certainly have our work cut out for us. We have to go back and certainly get ourselves in position to play a really, really good Kansas City team who's coming off a bye week. We've got to go to work and zero in on them."

LINEUP WATCH: Cornerback Justin Tryon had his first kickoff return for the Colts. Tryon, who had two kickoffs on the day, replaced an injured Devin Moore as the team's primary kickoff returner.

Tryon has proven to be a valuable member of Indianapolis' special teams unit as a gunner and as a nickel back on defense. The former Arizona State standout was picked up by the Colts before the start of the regular season after being acquired in a trade from the Washington Redskins.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Colts defense registered four sacks in a Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Since then, Indianapolis has had just one sack over the last two weeks (that coming in a win at Denver a week ago).

The Colts failed to get to Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard in the loss to the Jaguars.


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