After finishing their preseason 2-2, the Indianapolis Colts get ready for the first of two consecutive home games to open the 2013 season. The Colts take on the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon for the first time in three years. Along with many of the Colts' new faces, Andrew Luck will get his first opportunity to play against the Raiders.
Throughout the entire off-season, the Colts have worked diligently at building their team to be smarter, faster and stronger. Although they made it to the playoffs as a young team in 2012, the Colts had obvious holes to fill.
With a sudden change in the defensive scheme, some key players had to adjust to new roles. During the draft and free agency period, the Colts have worked hard to find players to further solidify their defensive unit. The Colts are beginning the season with 9 new defensive starters. While they are not fully integrated, the Colts hope to have a better grasp on the 3-4 scheme.
“Everybody’s got to be disciplined,” defensive end Cory Redding said. “You have guys that are assigned for the dive, guys assigned for the quarterback and guys assigned to contain. You have to be disciplined and not do more than what you’re supposed to do. So if everybody plays disciplined football, we should be alright.”
Here is a look into week 1: Colts vs. Raiders