Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Through two weeks, things sure looked hard for the Colts.
Opening day against the Jaguars came down to Jacksonville’s last possession. Monday night against the Dolphins required winning work by their vaunted quarterback in less than 15 minutes of time of possession.
Sunday night in Arizona, Peyton Manning and his Colts looked were comfortable, precise and efficient. And there was no unseemly time crunch, either.
Opportunistic on both sides of the ball, the Colts cruised in Arizona, 31-10, and put themselves in the familiar spot they vacated with their slow start in 2008. At 3-0, they’re back ahead of the pack in the AFC South, where the Jaguars and Texans are 1-2 and the Titans are 0-3.
The message upcoming opponents should take?
If you’re going to turn it over when you get into the red zone, if you’re going to guess against Manning like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did, if you’re going to drop balls that bounce right to you, don’t expect to give the Colts much of a game. It’s probably not a good idea to spot them the sort of lead that allows them to concentrate on rushing the passer and defending the pass, either.