It’s far too early for the Arizona Cardinals or the Indianapolis Colts to start thinking in “must-win” terms when the two clubs collide this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Come Monday, however, one of those teams is going to be staring at a daunting NFL statistic that they are not going to like at all.
Teams that begin a season 0-2 have only a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs.
For the Colts, who got embarrassed in their season opener by the Rams 46-9, it doesn’t help that franchise quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) does not appear ready to return anytime soon.
Making it worse, coach Chuck Pagano told reporters he wasn’t sure which of his two healthy quarterbacks would start, Scott Tolzien or recently acquired Jacoby Brissett, whom the Colts got in a trade a week ago from the New England Patriots.
“Our focus is on preparation and getting better as a football team and making the correction from last week and focus on fundamentals, technique and taking care of the football. You can’t have four takeaways, give the ball up four times, four turnovers. You can’t have it on offense.
“You can’t go 0 for 10 on third down. We’ve looked and dissected how it happened and now we’re going to go out and work on getting those things corrected so that we can play better and give ourselves a chance, as a football team, to play better team football.”
That’s what Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who served as a successful interim head coach for the Colts in 2012 while Pagano was battling leukemia, wants to see out of his Arizona team, which blew a 17-9 lead late in the fourth…
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