Colts will regret loss to Miami

INDIANAPOLIS -- At some point this season -- likely in December when they’re out in the frigid cold in Kansas City or Cincinnati -- the Indianapolis Colts will think back to their loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 15 and regret it.

I went into the season projecting the Colts would be 2-0 heading into the Sept. 22 game at San Francisco. I changed my mind and picked the Dolphins to win during last week’s Double Coverage after the Colts barely got by Oakland in Week 1. The Colts didn’t look good against the Raiders and it took a fourth-quarter rally by quartereback Andrew Luck to bail them out.

Now the road -- in more ways than one -- is about to get difficult for the Colts.

The Colts only have two home games between now and Nov. 10. They play road games at San Francisco, Jacksonville, San Diego and Houston. Don’t think everything will be okay during those two home games, either, because the Colts host Seattle, which worked the 49ers over Sunday night, and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in what will likely be the most-watched game during the regular season.

Luck will be the tested and coach Chuck Pagano and his staff will be tested in the preparation department on and off the field. The Colts could possibly be 2-6 heading into the Nov. 10 game against the St. Louis Rams. Pagano has to make sure his team stays together mentally.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint” was the common phrase being thrown around Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon. That’s true, but Sunday’s loss didn’t help in the confidence standpoint for a team that doesn’t have large room for error.