Dwight Freeney had a message he wanted to relay to his younger teammates on Monday afternoon.
Yes, the Colts hopes for a division title were dashed with Sunday’s loss to the Texans but the chance to get into playoff still remains.
“You weren’t winning the Super Bowl (Sunday),” Freeney said. “It’s a learning process and every game you go out, it’s an opportunity to learn how to get this team to play together and make plays in whatever we need to correct.”
Freeney season started with a high ankle sprain he suffered in the season opener against the Bears and returned three weeks later in the Colts 30-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
In last week’s loss to the Texans, Freeney notched his third sack of the season in the Colts recording their fourth game of the season with at least three sacks.
The pass rush was one of the positives the Colts hope to carry with them for the remainder of the season.
If the Colts do qualify for the playoffs, Freeney knows Indianapolis will be playing away from home so learning from what went wrong in Houston is critical to reversing those fortunes in potential matchups.
“On the road, you can’t beat yourself and we definitely did that. In the games that we’ve lost on the road, there are times that we seem to be playing really great together and everything is working together and then there are times that we turn the ball over and we’re not in the gap or a busted coverage. At home, you can get away with that but on the road, you really can’t,” Freeney said.
The Colts will have a chance to make that opportunity come to fruition this weekend when traveling to Arrowhead Stadium in taking on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Some players relish going on the road and having ‘everyone’ against them and for Freeney, Arrowhead provides that chance.
“I love the history behind (Arrowhead). All the fans, all the red, the national anthem, home of the Chiefs. It’s kind of what you envision what home field is all about,” he said.
Putting this weekend’s environment aside, Freeney wants another chance to put on the white jersey and taste his 10th trip to the NFL playoffs.
“Obviously one of our goals is to win the division and that didn’t happen but the next most important goal is to get into the playoffs and to make it to that dance,” Freeney said.
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