As the Bears defense takes the field Sunday afternoon, they are expected to have the same 11 starters they ended the 2011 season with in the lineup.
Their counterpart, the Colts, will have about half of their defense back from 2011 and that means new faces throughout all three units.
Cornerback Vontae Davis is the newest face expected to start on Sunday and couldn’t be happier about his opportunity.
“I’m excited,” Davis said. “It’s my first time being on a new team and the guys have welcomed me in so it feels like home and I’m just excited to get out there and play football.”
Davis has been in a Colts uniform for just over a week and his studying has been amped up to prepare for Sunday’s regular season opener.
The familiarity Davis had with a similar defense in Miami has helped the learning curve but at the end of the day, he is still playing a sport he’s participated in for the majority of his life.
“It’s just football,” Davis said. “I’m excited with these guys, guys that are going to be my teammates and I’m ready to showcase my talents as a Colt and work hard to be the best player I can for the Indianapolis Colts.”
Opposing Davis and the Colts secondary on Sunday will be one of the stiffest challenges in the NFL.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will also be playing his first game with a new team after spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins.
Marshall has made three of the last four Pro Bowls and Davis knows first hand the type of problems a receiver at 6-foot-4-inches and 230 pounds presents.
“Brandon is a great player and I expect him to come and compete hard. He’s a competitor,” Davis said. “The biggest thing is to get ready, watch more film on him and try and be prepared the best way I can to face a real good receiver in Brandon Marshall.”
Going up against a receiving corps with the Bears talent is a task any week especially for a player like Davis having just joined the roster last week.
Looking at the big picture on Wednesday afternoon, Davis sees a chance on Sunday to continue his dream of playing in the NFL with a fresh start in Indianapolis.
“It’s a blessing. I’m still playing the game I love,football,” Davis said. “It’s a blessing to be here on a team with a lot of history and tradition. I’m happy to be a Colt.”
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Shot at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, IN, this year’s edition featured plenty of water and wilderness shots.
The long awaited calendar will be unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 6th at the Indianapolis Colts Grill from 6-8pm.
Fans can purchase a calendar for $15 and have it signed by all 32 gorgeous women featured inside!
Football season may bring about cold weather, but purchasing the 2013 calendar makes it swimsuit season all year long!
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Intro: Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games. Since it’s opening weekend, here is a preview of Week 1 for the Jaguars, Texans and Titans.
Week 1 AFC South Schedule
Texans vs. Dolphins, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
-The Texans head into 2012 looking to defend their 2011 AFC South Division Title by opening up with a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Quarterback Matt Schaub returns from an injury to lead a potent Texans offense with running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson. In 2011, the Texans were 10-6 before bowing out to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Houston made a four-win jump from 2010 in going from the bottom of the AFC South to the top of the division.
Jaguars @ Vikings, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
-Quarterback Blaine Gabbert will begin his second NFL season as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars. Gabbert started the final 14 games of the 2011 season as the Jaguars finished the campaign with a 5-11 record. The Jaguars drafted wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and he gives Gabbert a go-to-guy in the receiving game. The 2012 season for the Jaguars opens with a road game at the Vikings.
Patriots @ Titans, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
-The Titans rolled off three straight wins to end the preseason and just like the Jaguars, will go with a second-year quarterback as their starter. Jake Locker will welcome the defending AFC Champions to Nashville on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee will be looking to build off winning four of its final six games last season which put them at 9-7 and second in the AFC South Division.
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