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Pagano: With Colts in drought, blowout win 'great'


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- While the Jets were in one locker room Monday night listening to their frustrated coach explain just how badly they got their butts kicked, the Colts were experiencing a rare moment of euphoria amid a difficult and uneven season.

"It was great to see, you know? Because we've been in a huge drought, we've talked about it, and those guys get frustrated, especially when you're sitting there with the record that you have," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said after Indy's 41-10 victory. "But they're disappointed, not discouraged, and they keep working. And it's really just a matter of doing your job and playing hard and trusting yourself and trusting the call and trusting the man next to you, and just being in the right spot when the play shows up."

Aided by a completely listless effort from the Jets defense last night, the Colts were able to put up the offensive numbers we've come to expect from Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton. Luck's perfect passer rating was a career high. Hilton put up his most receiving yards since late October and the Colts woke up Tuesday morning with the seventh-highest scoring offense in football.

It is by no means a cover-up -- their offensive line still struggled at times, even with the Jets playing some second and third-string interior linemen on defense -- but what else could a team want six days before they play the Texans?

"I think you get in these situations and you're desperate for a win, you're desperate to make a play and you stop trusting calls and trusting yourself and pressing and trying to do too much," Pagano said. "And I think our guys went out and just did a great job of executing the plan. We had 11 guys all on the same page just doing their job and just telling them to play hard, we don't care who makes (the play), just be where you’re supposed to be when the play shows up and I think our guys did a nice job of that tonight."

The AFC South, with a three-way tie for first place between the Colts, Texans and Titans, now takes center stage as we head into the final few weeks of the season. While the records are not glamorous and the football isn't either at times, Monday night's performance from the Colts gives us hope that we could see some fireworks this weekend in Indianapolis.


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