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November 8, 2013

Colts home to face Rams

INDIANAPOLIS - The goal for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s home game with the St. Louis Rams is relatively simple.

Just keep getting better.

The Colts are off to a 6-2 start and has a two-game lead in the AFC South over second-place Tennessee. St. Louis, meanwhile, will come into Lucas Oil Stadium at 3-6.

Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano, however, isn’t about to let his team fall into the easy trap of looking at the Rams’ won-loss record. St. Louis has lost their last two games to Seattle and Tennessee by a combined 22 points, including a 14-9 heartbreaker to the Seahawks.

The Colts return to “The Luke” after a two-week absence, including last Sunday night’s 27-24 come-from-behind victory over division rival Houston.

If Indianapolis is interested in making a serious run at the AFC South crown this year, winning at home is important.

“We always talk about win your home games, split on the road and you’re probably going to make the playoffs nine-out-of-10 times every year. You’ve got to dominate at home. You’ve got to protect your house, so to speak. Our guys, we were 7-1 last year. I think we’re 3-1 currently. It’s the next game, [with a] good football team coming in here,” Pagano said Wednesday.

“It happens to be at home. Is it a must-win? Yeah. We want to win them all. We prepare to win them all. And again, it seems like it’s been a long, long time since we played at home, after the Denver game and the bye and all that stuff. Our guys are really excited. It’ll be great to be back at Lucas Oil.”

One area where the Colts will need to continue to improve is pass protection. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked 19 times so far this year. St. Louis, meanwhile, has registered 29 total sacks, led by defensive ends Chris Long (5.5) and Robert Quinn (10).

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