Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Sports

December 26, 2013

Indy builds momentum before embarking on playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis has found a game plan that works.

The offense is starting faster and staying on the field longer. The defense is shutting down opponents and forcing miscues. And the wins are starting to pile up again.

It’s about time the Colts get it right — and perhaps just in time to build some momentum for a playoff run.

“Teams who’ve won the Super Bowl in the past got hot at certain points in the season. They had their difficult times. They had parts where they were losing,” defensive end Cory Redding said Monday.

“If you look at the Ravens last year, they were playing great. Middle of the season, they started getting injured. Then they went into a slump and then man, got to the playoffs and got hot. Look what they did.”

The Colts (10-5) are convinced they can follow the same blueprint this season, something that certainly looks more feasible now than it did two weeks ago when they clinched the AFC South despite a loss at Cincinnati.

Back then, Indy was in the midst of a six-game stretch in which it had been outscored 114-24 in the first half and allowed 38 or more points in three losses. Frustrated fans were convinced all those problems would lead to yet another early playoff exit.

Now, most of those fears have subsided thanks to lopsided wins over reeling Houston 25-3 at home, and a far more impressive 23-7 victory at playoff-bound Kansas City.

What’s changed?

The defense is getting off the field on the third downs, has allowed just one touchdown and forced six turnovers over the past eight quarters and for the first time all season has been pressuring quarterbacks with someone other than AFC sacks leader Robert Mathis.

Indy’s offense, which struggled mightily after Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending knee injury, also has regained its footing.

Text Only
Sports
  • Indy officials seek new ways to attract fans INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats.He has a full weekend of NASCAR and sports car races leading up to the Brickyard 400. He's kept motorcycles on the summer schedule at Indy and a

    July 31, 2014

  • Players describe punch that killed soccer referee LIVONIA, Mich. — A man who witnessed a soccer player fatally punch a referee says the victim wasn’t expecting the attack during an adult-league game in suburban Detroit.Bassel Saad is charged with second-degree murder in the death of referee John Bie

    July 31, 2014

  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 31, 2014

  • Sport Briefs Aug. 33:30 to 5:30 p.m. – The Indiana Blazers travel baseball organization, located in Columbus, will be hosting tryouts for the 16U 2015 season. The tryout date is Sunday, Aug. 3, at Clifty Creek Park in Columbus. For more information, contact Craig

    July 31, 2014

  • spt-gb073014 Luck pic Luck still learning ANDERSON, Ind. — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck. The Indianapolis Co

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sport Briefs Aug. 33:30 to 5:30 p.m. – The Indiana Blazers travel baseball organization, located in Columbus, will be hosting tryouts for the 16U 2015 season. The tryout date is Sunday, Aug. 3, at Clifty Creek Park in Columbus. For more information, contact Craig

    July 30, 2014

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, socce

    July 30, 2014

  • spt-gb073014-Pirate Worlds pic 2 Pirate archers hit the mark at World Tourney MADISON, WISCONSIN – The Greensburg Junior High School (GJHS) and Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) archery teams were escorted out of town by GPD officer Denny Blodgett on Friday, July 11, bound for the National Archery in the Schools Program

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Anderson hopes to make name with Colts ANDERSON, Ind. — Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the first person Colt Anderson saw upon reporting to Anderson University last Wednesday. And he couldn't resist making the obvious connection."Colt Anderson's a Colt ... in Anderson," Manusky sa

    July 30, 2014

  • spt-gb072914 Colts o line pic 2 Castonzo comfortable with Colts' changing O-line ANDERSON, Ind. — For all the changes along the offensive line the past three seasons, Anthony Castonzo has been the lone constant.He joined a veteran group anchored by center Jeff Saturday in 2011, was part of a remodeled unit in 2012 and became a ma

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

NCAA Photo Roundup
Twitter Updates
NCAA Top 25
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.