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August 18, 2013

Colts looking to establish balance vs. Giants

Indianapolis faces Giants tonight in second exhibition game.

INDIANAPOLIS — Balance. That’s what the Indianapolis Colts hope to achieve in tonight’s preseason game with the New York Giants (7 p.m., Fox Sports).

Coming off last week’s 44-20 exhibition loss to Buffalo, Colts coach Chuck Pagano is looking for a more balanced offensive attack, a balanced defensive effort and just better overall play from the team’s backup players.

“There are a lot of things that we will be watching. Offensively, defensively, third down. We want more balance offensively and we got to run the ball and that’s up to us to get that done,” Pagano said as the team wrapped up training camp workouts at Anderson University.

“Defensively, we want to stop the run. We got things calmed down in the first half of that game once [Bills running back C.J.] Spiller got out a couple times. We got to be more consistent across the board. Special teams, coverage units, those things we got to get cleaned up.”

While Indianapolis’ offensive and defensive starters saw limited work against the Bills, that is expected to change tonight.

“We’re going to play [the starters] more. [Quarterback Andrew Luck has] got to play more. We’ll see how the first half goes. ... If it turns out to be a half, that’d be great. But if we have two or three drives starting out that are seven-, eight-, nine-play drives, which you hope for, and we get 25-30 snaps, then he might not play [the full half],” Pagano explained.

“If it works out to where the play count, the pitch count, isn’t such and we can keep him out there and you end up maybe getting in a situation where you can have a two-minute drill much like Buffalo finished the first half in our first preseason game. [Just] to give ... your first offense [and] Andrew a two-minute drive at the end of the first half. [But] a lot of that depends on how the game goes.”

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