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Colts vow not to overlook Bengals


Colts vow not to overlook Bengals
The Colts know they can't look at the Cincinnati Bengals' 1-10-1 record and assume it'll be easy to defeat them today at Lucas Oil Stadium.


That wouldn't be smart.

"What we have to do is look at the tape and look at the players that they have and not worry so much about the record as we prepare," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

While the Bengals have been ravaged by injuries, off-the-field problems and infighting, they have given some teams fits. They took the New York Giants to overtime before losing, tied the Philadelphia Eagles and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts (8-4), who lead the race for a wild card berth in the AFC, would probably feel fine about this game had they mustered more than a 10-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns last week, not scoring an offensive touchdown along the way.

"You can't get caught up in the record of the team that you're playing, whether they're 11-0 or 0-11. You have to look at what they do and you tailor your game plans to that," Dungy said. "But it comes down to how you play and, especially in December, you have to be playing well and improving and that's what we're going to focus on."

Colts center Jeff Saturday, who may miss a second straight week with a calf injury, knows that the Bengals and the winless Detroit Lions, who the Colts play Dec. 14, would relish the chance to foil the Colts' playoff hopes.

"We have so much more to play for right now than the teams we're playing," Saturday said. "We have to play up to our ability. No matter who we're facing or what their record is, these guys are going to come out and to try and knock you off, try to get (us) out of the playoffs. There's nothing like spoiling somebody else's season and that's the mentality that Cincinnati will take and we have to score more points than we did (last week)."

The Bengals will likely be without quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow), which would mean an eighth straight start for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Cincinnati offense ranks last in the NFL with 232.4 yards a game. Cincinnati has scored only 26 points in its last three games.

"When you're losing on the field, it's just a terrible feeling. Your intensity level is not where it should be, and that shouldn't be the case, but that's what it is," said Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who has 81 catches for 810 yards and four touchdowns.

The Colts have won five straight games and put themselves in solid position for a drive toward the postseason.

"Especially at this point in the season, you take records out of the equation," said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who had two interceptions and fumbled the ball away at the goal line in Cleveland.

"You're playing to try to improve every single week, and hopefully by improving, that results in you hopefully winning the game. That's the idea, and we have to try to get better this week playing a tough (Bengals) team."

jcohn@jg.net



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Added: December 10, 2008

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