Winning at home hasn’t been an issue for the Indianapolis Colts. Doing it on the road has been.
They haven’t done it yet.
To stay in the postseason picture, the Colts (3-3) know they’re going to have to. Sooner rather than later.
Their next opportunity is Sunday at AFC South rival Tennessee (3-4), where they look to snap a two-game road skid and, more importantly, improve their footing in the playoff race.
“I think you have to be a little bit more cutthroat,” rookie quarterback Andrew Luck said of the travel mindset. “You realize it’s a business trip, don’t get caught up in anything outside of that.
“Realize it’s still a football field. The end zones are 100 yards in between. And don’t stray from the game plan.”
So far, the Colts have been unable to execute a game plan on the road. In two tries, the results were abysmal.
Though competitive for much of the first half in the season-opener at Chicago, the Colts lost 41-21. Two weeks ago, they were never in contention at New York, where they were routed 35-9 by the Jets.
Both times, the Colts were out of sync on offense and overmatched on defense. Turning the ball over, committing penalties and surrendering big plays shaped both outcomes.
Although the Colts are 3-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium, where they have played much sharper, they understand the playoffs will likely be an unreachable destination until, or unless, they figure out how to win on the road.
Of their remaining 10 games, six are away from home.
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