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Colts may struggle running no-huddle

1/10/2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- The change in the offense happened on Dec. 15, 2013, against the Houston Texans.

The Indianapolis Colts, in a move to jump-start their offense, finally eased up on all the talk about being a power-running team and opened up the game using the no-huddle.

That was the start of things to come for the Colts.

They've run the no-huddle during different parts of each of their past four games, all of which happened to be victories. Quarterback Andrew Luck was a perfect 7-of-7 on their opening drive against the Kansas City Chiefs in their wild-card game Jan. 4.

The Colts will use the no-huddle again Saturday, but it may be a little more difficult to run because they'll be at the New England Patriots, playing in front of a sellout Gillette Stadium crowd in a game that will determine if they advance to the AFC Championship Game.

"I'm sure that in a playoff environment on the road, it's going to be that more intense," Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "The crowd noise is going to be that more fierce. We got to do a great job, if we decide to use the no-huddle, to make sure that we communicate and we're all on the same page. We're expecting the crowd to factor into this game."

The Patriots were a perfect 8-0 at home during the regular season. The Colts, as they always do, cranked up the music in practice to try to simulate crowd noise in preparation for Saturday.

You can expect the Colts to try to use the no-huddle during the game despite Hamilton being coy and not revealing what their offensive plans are. The easiest way to silence the crowd is by scoring. The Colts will have a chance to do that by running their no-huddle offense.

"We've been in some loud environments before," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "I think our guys did a nice job with it during the season, going to K.C., one of the loudest places. We know it's going to be loud Saturday night. It's just something that we'll have to deal with."