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Colts Daily Headlines: October 8th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2013 – 8:30 am

It was another Victory Monday for the Colts as they celebrated their third straight victory. Today’s news look at the very early playoff picture for the Colts and how Donald Brown has accepted his new role.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 8th.  

Path to the playoffs is much clearer for the Colts after victories

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

The 4-1 start for the Colts means that while players inside of the team complex stick to the week-by-week process, those on the outside start looking at the big picture.

It also allows a team to think about bigger goals. And the Colts, with their 4-1 start, are generating considerable conversation nationally about their potential in the postseason. That effort begins at home, in the Colts’ own division.

And for the first time in the post-Peyton era, the Colts own sole possession of first place in the AFC South. That is no small feat.

“I think that’s what everybody’s goal is, to be that head honcho in their division,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “(My) first couple years here, that’s what we were. They had to come through us to win the division. The past couple years, it’s been Houston. For us to be up there at the top, that means a lot for this team. We come into the year saying that’s our goal.”

Brown’s big play well-earned

By: George Bremer, Herald Bulletin

Not many running backs that are drafted in the first round spend their fifth NFL season learning the role of punt protector.

Donald Brown is the rare breed who has taken full advantage of another opportunity.

Instead of complaining about his role — or even looking to force an exit in the final year of his contract — Brown has been the consummate good soldier. He’s averaged a robust 8.3 yards per carry on just 19 rushing attempts, and that’s just part of why it was so good to see him emphatically spiking the football in the end zone after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday against Seattle.

Brown sees nothing special in his team-first approach.

“You just prepare for all situations,” he said. “You have to prepare like you’re the starter no matter what the situation is. When your number’s called, make the most of every opportunity, whether you’re on offense or on special teams.”

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