Colts using mousetraps as reminder

Updated: September 25, 2013, 6:24 PM ET
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts are taking their desire to avoid a letdown against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend to another level.

When asked a question not related to Sunday's game, Colts right tackle Gosder Cherilus said "that's something I'll talk about next week," before pointing to the mousetrap -- with cheese on it -- inside a locker.

Most of the players had the traps, which were fake, inside their lockers as a reminder in case they get ahead of themselves after their impressive road victory last weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.

A loss to the Jaguars will make Indianapolis' win against the 49ers less meaningful. Coach Chuck Pagano called the victory the best one the Colts have had since he's been coach, and they want to be able to build on it.

"It's a big week for us," Pagano said. "We know what our ultimate goal is, and the easiest way to get into the [playoffs] is to win the division. So our guys understand the importance of this game and this week."

The Colts are tied with Houston and Tennessee atop the AFC South at 2-1.

The Colts were in a similar situation last season. They came from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27, only to get blown out by the New York Jets the following week. Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for only 82 yards, but running back Shonn Greene ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in their 35-9 win.

The Jaguars are dealing with quarterback problems, but running back Maurice Jones-Drew has averaged almost 107 rushing yards a game against the Colts in his career.

"We've got another road game against a quality opponent and we're going to worry about us," Pagano said. "We're going to do the things that we have to do to get better week in and week out and then go play .... If we take care of the cents, the dollars will come."

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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