Preview Of Week 3 vs. Cardinals

Below is the official press release from Colts.com:

DATE: Sunday, September 27, 2009
SITE: University of Phoenix Stadium
KICKOFF: 8:20 p.m. (EDT)/5:20 p.m. (MST)
CAPACITY: 65,000
SURFACE: Grass

Making a second consecutive road nationally-televised appearance early in the 2009 regular season, the Indianapolis Colts, 2-0, visit the Arizona Cardinals, 1-1, on Sunday, September 27. Kickoff in the University of Phoenix Stadium for the contest, telecast nationally by NBC Sports, is 8:20 p.m. (EDT)/5:20 p.m. (MST). Westwood One provides national radio coverage of the contest.

The Colts will be making their second-ever trip to Arizona to meet the Cardinals. Indianapolis dropped its only series meeting in Arizona in 1990. The teams have met three subsequent times in Indianapolis, with the Colts taking victories during the 1992, 1996 and 2005 regular seasons. The inactivity in visiting the Cardinals is the longest stretch for the Colts against any league opponent, and it is the second-longest current league streak (Pittsburgh at Washington, 1988). This week’s game follows last week’s Monday Night appearance by Indianapolis in Miami, where the Colts erased four deficits in earning a 27-23 comeback victory over the Dolphins. The Colts enter Sunday night’s battle with an eleven-game regular-season game winning streak. The victory at Miami extended the sixth 10+-game regular-season winning streak in franchise history (13, 2005; 11, 1964; 11, 1975-76; 11, 1999; 11, 2008-09; 10, 2005-06), the fourth since 1999. This is the first of four NFC West opponents for Indianapolis in 2009. The Colts host Seattle on October 4, before visiting St. Louis (October 25) and hosting San Francisco (November 1). This also is the first of three appearances by Indianapolis on NBC. The Colts visit Tennessee on October 11, and host New England on November 15. Arizona reaches this week’s battle after a 31-17 victory last Sunday at Jacksonville.

The Colts are owners of the NFL’s best regular-season record (116-46) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn nine playoff appearances in the last 10 seasons, including a league-best seven consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won 61 of its last 75 regular-season games. Indianapolis’ winning ways include a 33-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 97 of 121 weeks of the division’s existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. Indianapolis is the only NFL team to have double-digit victory totals and playoff appearances each season since the 2002 NFL Realignment. In 2008, Indianapolis produced its seventh consecutive 10+-victory season, tying the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81). Indianapolis extended it NFL record with a sixth consecutive season with 12+-victory season and became the only franchise to win seven or more consecutive regular-season games in five consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008).

PERSONNEL REPORT: DB-Bob Sanders (knee), TE-Tom Santi (ankle), OG-Jamey Richard (shoulder), WR-Anthony Gonzalez (knee) were out; DB-Jamie Silva (abdomen), OT-Charlie Johnson (back), DB-Jerraud Powers (groin), TE-Gijon Robinson (back) were questionable for the last game. Last game’s inactive players were: Sanders, Santi, Gonzalez, Richard, Silva, Powers, DT-Fili Moala and QB-Curtis Painter.

TELEVISION/RADIO: NBC Sports telecasts with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer (field reporter). 1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey, Will Wolford and Kevin Lee (field reporter). Westwood One provides national radio coverage with Howard David and James Lofton.


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2 Responses to “Preview Of Week 3 vs. Cardinals”

  1. RyanN says:

    Should be a fun game! I hope Arizona’s defense does a little better job of stopping Indy than Miami did last night.

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