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September 18, 2013

Colts looking for consistency

For the Indianapolis Colts offense through the first two weeks of the season, it’s been a tale of two halves.

The Colts have prospered moving the football in the first and second quarters in games with Oakland (a 21-17 win) and Miami (a 24-20 loss), scoring 31 of its combined 41 points and combining for 471 of its two-game total of 822 offensive yards.

In both games, opposing defenses have been able to limit the number of times that Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has been able to find receivers Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton on a regular basis over the final two quarters.

The Colts have also put themselves in bad positions through penalties or not coming up with big plays when given the opportunity.

So what’s the deal?

Luck thinks it’s more about what the Colts aren’t doing well as compared to what opposing defenses are coming up with.

“I think we just need a little more focus. I realize it’s a long ball game. We’ve got great veterans in the locker room and I think we’ve got great football players,” Luck said.

“We realize we can’t survive on mistakes every week. We can’t make as many mistakes, especially in the second half [of games]. Maybe that is a little bit of a lack of focus or whatever it is. But it’s something we’ll focus on and hopefully improve upon.”

One thing is certain. Close, down-to-the-wire games have become the norm through the first two weeks of the National Football League season.

Because of that, even the most minor of mistakes will be magnified.

“You can’t [make crucial mistakes]. In my short time frame in this league, you realize that everybody’s good. There are freak players on both sides of the ball. There are great coaches all over the place. And you really got to limit your mistakes,” the Colts second-year quarterback said.

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