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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WILL PLAY TO WIN AGAINST JAGS
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:21 PM EST

All Colts’ defensive end Robert Mathis wants is an extra win.

Some of Indianapolis’ tough fans are urging the team’s head trust to take a distinct tack, benching starters and losing Sunday’s season finale at Jacksonville so it can gain the top pick. Odds

“It’s far better not to reply to that at all,” Mathis said whenever asked about the requests of the fans. “We play to win.” The stakes are high.

As moving to Indianapolis in 1984, only in 1991 the Colts (1-15) produced fewer than 3 wins.

The Colts (2-13) have never finished with a losing record in AFC South play, and the last time anyone beat the Colts twice in the similar season was 2007 when San Diego won at home in the regular season and in Indianapolis in the second round of the playoffs.

A win over the Jaguars (4-11) all those streaks remain intact and allow the Colts to take a string of three wins in the next season, something they have not done since the 2006 Super Bowl winning run. Scores

The information coming from the top is straight forward: Keep on successful.

Aficionados have a distinct view.

A win, coupled with a loss by Saint Louis ( 2-13 ), would drop the Indianapolis Colts from the No. 1 overall slot down to No. two, and likely out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

The chance of losing the number one pick failed to even seem believable three weeks ago when the Colts were still winless.

It’s not the first time the Colts have faced such a difficult problem. After going 0-10 in 1997, Indianapolis won 3 of its next 5, and then needed a loss at Minnesota in the season conclusion to secure the No. 1 pick. It worked out choosing of Peyton Manning, and the die-hards believe it might all work the same direction again this year.

The Jags have a hand to play in this, too.

With Maurice Jones-Drew a close to lock to gain the league’s rushing title and a temporary coach running the team, a Jags loss wouldn’t just help their draft position but could also forestall the Colts from taking another franchise quarterback they’d have to face twice a year for over a decade.

Indy’s players and coaches are saying the same.

Are still, Colts fans stage to 2009, when the team benched most of its big players early in the second 1/2 Game 15, throwing away an opportunity at an ideal season. In the regular season culmination, most of the starters were pulled early at Buffalo. Back then, Bill Polian, now the team’s vice chairman, said the ideal season wasn’t a target but winning the Super Bowl was.

Right now, with apparently nothing to win and all to lose, those who covet the No. One pick disagree Indy should do the same.

“In this locker room, everyone wants to be there,” said Curtis Painter, who replaced Manning against the Jets in 2009.

“Since then, I think the kids wanted to play here too. Each kid wants to play and certainly no different this year”.


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