Indianapolis Colts: Brandon Browner

INDIANAPOLIS -- The video has been watched. It's been watched numerous of times, actually. Quarterback Andrew Luck has watched the film of the Indianapolis Colts' playoff loss to the New England Patriots too many times to count.

Nothing changed. The Patriots won the game 43-22 every time and Luck still threw four interceptions.

"It is good motivation because they obviously beat us and were the better team," Luck said. "But there are also mistakes that eat you up, but you sometimes have to take the emotion out of it. We look at this with a cold, hard analytical mindset and say this is the learning experience. Take the emotion out of it. You look at the mistakes and say, why. We watch every play from last season multiple times and we review regular third down and red zone and everything."

New England has been a nemesis of Luck during his first two seasons. He's 0-2 and has thrown seven interceptions against the Patriots.

Luck will get another shot to beat the Patriots when New England visits Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 16. He'll be facing one of the top cornerback duos in the league in that game in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.

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April, 19, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have said a number of times that they know about the moves other teams in the NFL have made during free agency. They also noted that they're not letting other team's moves dictate what they do.

“Everybody's going to approach free agency and try to better their teams however they feel necessary,” coach Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We really focus on what we have to do to get better. We're not really concerned. We keep an eye on things, certainly in your own conference. But our focus is on us trying to make ourselves better.”

Denver and New England have been two of the most talked about teams when it comes to free-agent moves. But the Broncos and Patriots aren't the only two opponents the Colts face in 2014 that have been active in free agency. Washington and Baltimore have been active, too, with the addition of receivers DeSean Jackson and Steve Smith, respectively.

Here's a look at each of the Colts' 2014 opponents and the free agents they've signed that were with other teams last season with at least a ‘C' grade by Bill Polian in his FA tracker.

New England

Key additions: CB Darrelle Revis, CB Brandon Browner, WR Brandon LaFell


Key additions: CB Aqib Talib, S T.J. Ward, C Will Montgomery, DE DeMarcus Ware, WR Emmanuel Sanders


Key additions: S Mike Mitchell, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LB Arthur Moats


Key additions: WR Steve Smith, TE Owen Daniels


Key additions: S Donte Whitner, WR Nate Burleson, LB Karlos Dansby, TE Jim Dray, G Paul McQuistan, RB Ben Tate


Key additions: S Danieal Manning, OT Marshall Newhouse


Key additions: None

New York Giants

Key additions: OT Charles Brown, RB Rashad Jennings, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Walter Thurmond, DE Robert Ayers, TE Kellen Davis, G John Jerry, OL Geoff Schwartz


Key additions: DT Jason Hatcher, WR DeSean Jackson, DE Clifton Geathers, LB Adam Hayward, LB Akeem Jordan, WR Andre Roberts, LB Darryl Sharpton


Key additions: OT Andrew Gardner


Key additions: DE Red Bryant, DE Chris Clemons, RB Toby Gerhart, DE Ziggy Hood


Key additions: S Chris Clemons, RB Andre Brown, S Kendrick Lewis


Key additions: WR Dexter McCluster, OT Michael Oher, DE Al Woods, LB Wesley Woodyard
The talk of the NFL's free-agency period through the first two weeks in the AFC has centered on the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

The Broncos bulked up their defense by acquiring defensive end DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib to go with quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the offense. The Patriots signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner while re-signing receiver Julian Edelman.

The Indianapolis Colts?

They didn’t make any free-agent splashes outside of re-signing cornerback Vontae Davis. General manager Ryan Grigson easily could have panicked as the Patriots and Broncos, the two teams who played in the AFC Championship Game last season, made their moves.


The Colts went into the free-agency period with a plan, a plan they weren’t going to deviate from. Grigson said they signed all the players they wanted to get.

"You're competitive, but you can't be competitive in that way where you're watching what they're doing and say, 'We’re going to one-up you.' That makes no sense to me," he said. "We're in our own little world over here with our own vision of the future with our own set of problems and circumstances and things we're trying to work through positionally and needs we're trying to address. And they have a completely different landscape on all of those different teams."

The Broncos loaded up their roster in an attempt to make at least one more run at a Super Bowl with Manning before his Hall of Fame career likely ends in the next couple of years.

The Colts, like the other 31 teams, want to win the Super Bowl, but don’t have a short window to win a title like Denver and New England. Their quarterback, Andrew Luck, is headed into only his third season. Grigson also has to be financially conscious because they’ll have to pay players such as Luck, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo and receiver T.Y. Hilton sooner than later.

"It's a team effort when we bring guys into the building," Grigson said. "We really attack it like a team and at the end of the day, we stick to our plan and our vision. Again, it's forward thinking and always looking ahead and not necessarily living in the now even though we feel like Super Bowl XLIX is something that we can attain. With the quarterback that we have and the young players around him, you want to build for sustained success. It's something that you have to stay disciplined in day in and day out."
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Seattle Seahawks have earned the right to be trash talkers and cocky after finishing with the best defense in the league.

But on one afternoon in early October, and when the Indianapolis Colts were still considered contenders, the biggest trash talker stood only 5-foot-9 but he backed up his words by putting on a show against the NFL’s best secondary.

Key play No. 7: Receiver T.Y. Hilton silences the Seahawks’ secondary

Seattle’s Richard Sherman, the darling of the Super Bowl, is the best cornerback in the NFL. But his blown coverage allowed Hilton to score a 73-yard touchdown. Hilton stopped on the dime to evade Seahawks safety Earl Thomas around the 20-yard line and kept going into the end zone for the touchdown.

Hilton said after the game that Sherman "wouldn't even look me in the eye."

Sherman was called for pass interference on third down in the fourth quarter. The Colts continued the drive that lasted almost seven minutes and later scored on a Donald Brown touchdown run.

Hilton also beat Seattle’s other cornerback, Brandon Browner, for a 29-yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball by quarterback Andrew Luck in the back of the end zone on the left side in the third quarter.

“Browner said I’m light as [expletive],” Hilton told USA Today after the game.

Hilton, who felt disrespected that the Seahawks tried to cover him one-on-one, finished with five catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

“[Browner] made me hit the light switch that nobody’s seen,” Hilton said. “He made that decision. So they should blame him.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Containing quarterback Russell Wilson is not the only task the Indianapolis Colts face as they take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The other challenge for the Colts will be on the outside when they are on offense. They are about to go up against the best cornerback tandem in the league: Seattle's starters Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively. Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle's defense as fast and physical. Quarterback Andrew Luck called it their biggest game of the young season.

“They get up in your face, they're great pass-man corner guys, they challenge you, they make it extremely difficult to get off the line of scrimmage, so our guys are going to have to do a great job of working constantly to get away from those guys,” Pagano said. “They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game.”

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Colts' tallest receiver at 6-foot-2. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are 6-0 and 5-foot-9. Hilton said the key to be able to get off their jams at the line of scrimmage.

“They're going to try to use their advantage and their advantage is height and long arms,” Hilton said. “I'm just going to work on my technique and get better at the line.”

The Seahawks (4-0) are a stingy team when it comes to their pass defense. They're only giving up 191 yards a game through the air. Timing will be key for the Colts (3-1) since the Seahawks like to play a press coveragae. Luck cannot afford to have communication issues with his receivers like he did early in the game against Jacksonville last weekend as Seattle will make him pay. The Seahawks are tied for third in the league in interceptions with seven. Sherman returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of their overtime victory over the Houston Texans last week.

“Richard's got incredible ball skills,” Luck said. “They have all the attributes. Not just fast, they can also catch the ball. We've got our work cut out for us. We're excited about the challenge. You want to face good players, great players.”

It's a good thing the Colts don't strictly rely on the passing game anymore. They're able to run the ball -- fourth in the league -- if the Seahawks give them problems in the passing game. But don't expect Luck to shy away from going after Seattle. He doesn't think that way and Wayne won't let it happen.

“Our receivers know what they're going up against,” Luck said. “I have all the faith in the world in them. They'll run great routes. I don't think it changes the rhythm of the drop or the throws. You just have to realize you have to put it in the right spot. It really goes for every week.”

QB Watch: Colts’ Andrew Luck

October, 2, 2013
A weekly analysis of the Colts’ quarterback play.

Rewind: Andrew Luck played his worst quarter of football this season in the first 15 minutes against the Jaguars. He threw an interception and was fortunate the Jaguars were offside on another interception. Both happened on the first two offensive series for Luck. He had a 36.4 quarterback rating after a first quarter in which he also forced some throws and had communication issues with receiver T.Y. Hilton. Luck called his start “terrible.” But Luck, as expected, got it going after the first quarter. He finished the game 22-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

Fast-forward: Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle’s secondary as being “huge.” Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are both at least 6-foot-3 and the Seahawks are fifth in the league in pass defense, giving up only 191 yards a game through the air. Seattle is tied for third in the league in interceptions (seven) and is in the middle of the pack in sacks (11). Luck has been sacked only three times in the past two games after going down seven times in the first two games.

On target: Luck had to improve his accuracy this season after averaging 39 attempts a game and completing only 54 percent of his passes his rookie season. He’s taken a significant leap this season, completing 64 percent of his passes on 32 attempts a game. He has completed at least 60 percent of his attempts in three of four games this season. He completed at least 60 percent just four times all of last season.

Prediction: The Seahawks will get to Luck at times, but expect the quarterback to do enough to shake off any frustration that may occur from Seattle’s defense to make the necessary plays in the fourth quarter.