Colts paying little attention to win streak
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts view numbers with a certain disdain.
To them, they're nothing more than a distraction, something pundits can debate in their spare time — even if the Colts do hit 21.
"I've lost count (of the wins)," middle linebacker Gary Brackett said with a straight face Wednesday. "To us, it's just another opportunity to continue playing good football."
Which, of course, is the primary reason the Colts (11-0) are standing here, on the precipice of history.
A victory Sunday over dethroned AFC South champion Tennessee would give the Colts their 21st consecutive win, matching New England's NFL record.
The Colts haven't lost a regular-season game since Oct. 27, 2008, when they fell to the Titans in Nashville, Tenn.
Over the last 13 months, the Colts have reeled off 20 consecutive victories in any variety of ways: Peyton Manning has led improbable comebacks; the defense has scored touchdowns; and kickers Adam Vinatieri and Matt Stover have hit game-winning field goals.
Here, inside this locker room, the significance of No. 21 means nothing more than another footstep on the way to their ultimate goal.
With the division title already clinched, the unbeaten Colts (11-0) have focused more on wrapping up the AFC's top seed and clinching home-field advantage than chasing another record.
They ultimately want to get back to Miami and bring home another Lombardi Trophy.
Meanwhile, those outside the locker room are talking about undefeated seasons and record-setting quests — and there is plenty to celebrate.
Indy has won an NFL-record five straight games with fourth-quarter comebacks. It is one of four teams since 1990 to earn a division title by Game 11. The Colts enter December with a perfect record for the second time in five seasons and need one more win to extend their NFL record of consecutive 12-win seasons to seven.
But to the Colts, they are merely numbers.
"Sometimes you want to take that (winning) for granted, but you can't do that," cornerback Kelvin Hayden said. "Some organizations win 11 games in three years and we do it in one year. It's great to be a part of this, but we still have a job to do."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Veteran LB Harrison: Steelers must play to way defense is set up
- Steelers notebook: Fully healthy, rookie WR Bryant progressing fast
- ‘Big play’ moniker fits veteran Steelers cornerback Gay
- Steelers’ prime-time games shrink attendance at Heinz Field
- Steelers notebook: Roethlisberger, offense must adjust with CB Smith out
- Steelers offense puts up gaudy numbers in season’s 1st half
- Greene expects Steelers jersey retirement ceremony to get emotional
- Steelers wide receiver Brown getting accolades as one of NFL’s best
- Robinson: Rooney retains North Side roots
- Steelers notebook: Offensive lineman Adams returns to reserve role
- Roethlisberger’s performance arguably among NFL’s greatest