As practice ended Friday afternoon, Reggie Wayne had a message for his team.
Wayne admitted it was a bit out of character to speak up in front of everyone but he wanted to let his teammates know what is at stake on Sunday.
“I broke the team down today and told them, ‘It’s a great feeling to go into someone else’s backyard to get a victory, and get on that plane.’ That’s something we haven’t experienced yet so hopefully we can get that done this week,” Wayne said.
Throughout his 12-year NFL career, Wayne has experienced numerous plane trips back to Indianapolis celebrating road victories.
He understands what a challenge it is to win away from home in the NFL and wants nothing more than for the rest of his teammates to experience such a feeling.
“The two times that we went on the road, we get back on the plane and it’s almost like it’s a 10-hour flight just because everybody is upset about the outcome of the game,” Wayne said. “I tell them why not be on the plane and just being joyous, just being happy that we got a victory. Let’s just get that done. Whatever we have to do to get that done and get above .500, let’s do it.”
In addressing what needs to be done to get that elusive road victory, Wayne is focused on the offensive side of the ball.
The Colts offense has had opportunities in each of the first two road games but the inability to sustain drives and costly turnovers have led to keeping the hostile home crowd into the game and getting in first half deficits.
“Offensively, we have to protect the ball,” Wayne said. “If you look at both our road games, it’s been the offense not protecting the ball. That’s something that you must get control of from the jump.
“It’s already hard enough to win on the road as it is but when you turn the ball over, it makes it even more harder. I think if we protect the ball, just do the things that we normally do, then we’ll be alright.”
A win on Sunday would give the Colts their first road win in over a year and push their record over .500 for the first time in 2012.
Wayne is focused on the specific task this weekend but knows in order to be playing into 2013, winning away from Lucas Oil Stadium must start now.
“If the playoffs were right now and we were in the playoffs, we would be on the road. We got to figure this out ASAP,” Wayne said. “This is a great opportunity for us to get it done against a division opponent, against a team who’s basically in the hunt also. It’ll be fun. I think everybody is tuned in to what needs to get done.”
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