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Colts aim to fix slow starts

INDIANAPOLIS -- It didn’t seem like scoring early in games would be a problem for the Indianapolis Colts at the start of the season. The Colts scored touchdowns on their first two drives against the Oakland Raiders in their season opener and followed that up by scoring 10 points and missing a field goal on their first three possessions against the Miami Dolphins the next week.

But that’s when things slowed down for the Colts.

They scored on their opening possession at San Francisco before gaining a total of 27 yards and punting three times on their next three possessions.

The trend continued at Jacksonville. The Colts punted twice and quarterback Andrew Luck threw an interception.

It doesn’t stop there.

The Colts fell behind 12-0 and opened the game with three straight three-and-out possessions.

Indianapolis is 4-1, but the slow starts are something it needs to fix.

“I don’t know if there’s a common thread,” Luck said. “A lot of times it’s mistakes by us on offense. You have to give credit to the defense. They put us in certain situations. We’ll work to fix it and move forward.”

The San Diego Chargers -- Monday’s opponent -- may have a losing record, but they’ve won five of the past six meetings against the Colts. Quarterback Philip Rivers is completing 73.7 percent of his pass attempts.

That’s why falling behind won’t be a good thing even if Luck is known for his fourth-quarter heroics.

Luck is 18-of-39 for 234 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the first half of the past two games.

“We know we need to start fast if we’re going to have a chance in games,” Luck said. “We can’t survive our mistakes forever. If you can start the game with a touchdown on the first drive or get points on the first drive as an offense that really helps. As much as starting fast is important, finishing fast is as well. We’ll put a focus on starting fast this week.”

Injury update:

-- Safety LaRon Landry, who has missed the past three games, did not practice Thursday. Coach Chuck Pagano said he's day-to-day.

-- Linebacker Erik Walden also didn’t practice because of an elbow injury. He’s wearing a brace on his elbow.

-- Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois returned to practice and is expected to return to the lineup against the Chargers after missing the past two games with a groin injury.