Indianapolis Colts look toward the Dolphins 

click to enlarge Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck sealed victory over the Raiders Sunday night with a timely scramble. - TJ FOREMAN
  • Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck sealed victory over the Raiders Sunday night with a timely scramble.
  • TJ Foreman

The Colts came out on top in week 1 beating the Oakland Raiders 21-17 with the winning touchdown coming on an 19-yard Andrew Luck run.

Luck doesn't believe running is necessarily one of his strong suites, but when done right a scramble can be effective.

"I've always been taught, going back to college and even high school, that if you can get a first down with your legs as a quarterback that can be a good thing. It can be somewhat demoralizing for a defense," Luck said at a press availability Monday.

Coach Pagano overall was pleased with the play of his team and talked about the electricity that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor brought to the game.

"He was better than advertised," Pagano said. "He is a nightmare. It's good to be 1-0 and get the win."

click to enlarge Coach Pagano said LaRon Landry is setting the tone for the work level and intensity the team needs to bring. Landry had 15 tackles Sunday - 10 on his own and 5 more with his defensive partners.
  • Coach Pagano said LaRon Landry is setting the tone for the work level and intensity the team needs to bring. Landry had 15 tackles Sunday - 10 on his own and 5 more with his defensive partners.

Colts running back Vick Ballard earned Pagano's praise this week. Ballard was "unbelievable at picking up the blitz," Pagano said.

The team needs to clean up some aspects of their game before they face the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Pagano said safety LaRon Landry is setting the tone he'd like to see from the team as a whole.

"He had 15 tackles," Pagano said. "He raises everybody's level of play, just the speed of his game. He is a force out there. A presence. Miami will know where #30 is. He is a force to be reckoned with."

The team looks to increase the number of offensive possessions this week against the Dolphins. They only managed eight drives and they would prefer that stat be a dozen or more.

The Colts plan on increasing their possessions by getting the Dolphins offense off the field on third down and getting the ball back to Luck and the offense.

click to enlarge Coach Chuck Pagano is looking for ways to answer the Dolphins dominating defense. - TJ FOREMAN
  • Coach Chuck Pagano is looking for ways to answer the Dolphins dominating defense.
  • TJ Foreman


Game one is in the rearview now; Pagano said they are only worried about the Miami Dolphins now. That's a smart move considering what the Miami defense did to the Cleveland Browns last week — with three interceptions, six sacks, 27 hurries and knocking down Cleveland's quarterback 17 times, the Dolphins defense dominated.

The Colts will certainly need more of the "unbelievable" blitz pick ups from Vick Ballard.

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