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  • Regular Season Week 1Indianapolis Colts (0-0)

    atHouston Texans (0-0)

    1 p.m. (EST), Sunday, September 11, 2011, Reliant StadiumColts.com

    COLTS OPEN REGULAR SEASON WITH ROAD MEETING AT HOUSTON

    2011 AFC SOUTH STANDINGSTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Div. Conf.Indianapolis 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0Houston 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0Jacksonville 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0Tennessee 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0

    The Indianapolis Colts will travel toHouston to battle the Texans in the2011 regular season opener at Re-liant Stadium. Game time is slatedfor 1 p.m. EST. The Colts hold a 16-2 all-time series record over theirAFC South Division foe and haveclaimed victory in seven of the lasteight contests dating back to 2007.Indianapolis has posted a 34-32-1franchise record in season openersand a 10-5 mark in openers overthe last 15 years. Dating back to the

    NFL realignment in 2002, the Colts have opened the sea-son against a division opponent on three occasions, havingregistered a 2-1 record.The Houston Texans are looking to rebound from a 6-10campaign last season and have reloaded with an eight-player draft class, which includes defensive end J.J. Watt.Last year the Colts and Texans split the regular season se-ries, with Houston claiming the season opener at ReliantStadium.Entering the year, the Colts continue to hold the NFLslongest playoff streak, which now sits at nine seasons. Fol-lowing last years 10-6 record, Indianapolis has also pro-duced nine consecutive double-digit victory campaigns.Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell enters his third season atthe helm. In his first two years directing the team, Indi-anapolis has produced a 24-8 record, which included a 14-2 mark and a Super Bowl XLIV appearance in 2009.

    THIS WEEKS MEDIA AVAILABILITY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)Monday, September 5- Players available Noon- Coach Caldwell 12:45 p.m.

    - Practice3:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 6- Players Day Off- No availability

    Wednesday, September 7- Players available: Noon- Coach Caldwell 12:45 p.m.

    - Houston Conference CallsKubiak (10 a.m.), Schaub (TBD)- Practice: 1:45 p.m.

    Thursday, September 8- Players available Noon- Coach Caldwell 12:45 p.m.

    - Practice1:45 p.m.

    Friday, September 9- Coach Caldwell 10:45 a.m.

    - Practice11:20 a.m.- Players available 1:15 p.m.

    Avis Roper - Senior Director of [email protected]

    Matt Taylor - Assistant Director of [email protected]

    Matt Conti - Football Communications [email protected]

    Pam Humphrey - Public Relations [email protected]

    Head Coach Jim Caldwell

    40TH ANNIVERSARY FOR THE IRSAY FAMILY

    This season will mark the 40th anniversaryof the Irsay family owning the Colts. In July,1972, the Colts came under new ownershipas Robert Irsay acquired the club from Car-roll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Los An-geles Rams. In 1997, Jim Irsay became theteams Owner & CEO. Since the Irsay familyacquired the Colts, the team has recorded297 victories while logging 17 playoff appearances, twoSuper Bowls and one Super Bowl win (XLI) in 2006.

    Colts Owner &CEO Jim Irsay

    Saturday, September 10- No availabilityTravel to Houston

    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WEEKLY PRESS RELEASEIndiana Farm Bureau Football Center P.O. Box 535000 Indianapolis, IN 46253 www.colts.com

    BROADCAST INFORMATIONTELEVISION RADIO

    Coverage Provided By CBSPlay-by-Play: Greg GumbelColor Analyst: Dan Dierdorf

    Coverage Provided ByWFNI & WLHK

    Play-by-Play: Bob LameyColor Analyst: Will WolfordSideline: Kevin Lee

  • THIS WEEKS OPPONENT: THE HOUSTON TEXANS

    2011 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

    Preseason (1-3)Date Opponent Time Result/Network8/13 at St. Louis 8 p.m. L, 10-338/19 WASHINGTON 7 p.m. L, 3-168/26 GREEN BAY 8 p.m. L, 21-249/1 at Cincinnati 7 p.m. W, 17-13Regular Season (0-0)Date Opponent Time Result/Network9/11 at Houston 1 p.m. CBS9/18 CLEVELAND 1 p.m. CBS9/25 PITTSBURGH 8:20 p.m. NBC10/3 at Tampa Bay 8:30 p.m. ESPN10/9 KANSAS CITY 1 p.m. CBS10/16 at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS10/23 at New Orleans 8:20 p.m. NBC10/30 at Tennessee 1 p.m. CBS11/6 ATLANTA 1 p.m. FOX11/13 JACKSONVILLE 1 p.m. CBS11/20 BYE11/27 CAROLINA 1 p.m. FOX*12/4 at New England 8:20 p.m. NBC*12/11 at Baltimore 1 p.m. CBS*12/18 TENNESSEE 1 p.m. CBS*12/22 HOUSTON 8:20 p.m. NFL Network1/1 at Jacksonville 1 p.m. CBS** Denotes Flexible Scheduling

    COLTS REGULAR SEASON WEEK 1GAMEDAY STORYLINE

    For the second consecutive year, the Indianapolis Colts willopen the regular season on the road against AFC South Di-vision rival, Houston. Although the Colts lost the seasonopener last year, the team enters the 2011 campaign witha 6-2 record in road season openers dating back to 2000.Indianapolis holds a 16-2 all-time record against the Texansand have won seven of the last eight meetings dating backto 2007.

    TALE OF THE TAPEVS. HOUSTON

    2010 Final Regular Season StatisticsColts (rank) Texans (rank)27.2 (4) Points Per Game 24.4 (9)380.8 (4) Total Offense Per Game 386.6 (3)92.7 (29) Net Rushing Yards Per Game 127.6 (7)288.1 (1) Net Passing Yards Per Game 259.0 (4)29:41 Possession Average 29:0624.3 (23) Opponent Points Per Game 26.7 (29)341.6 (20) Opponent Total Offense Per Game 376.9 (30)127.0 (25) Opponent Net Rushing Yards Per Game 109.4 (13)214.6 (13) Opponent Net Passing Yards Per Game 267.5 (32)-4 (T19) Turnover Differential 0 (T13)

    ALL-TIME RESULTSVS. HOUSTON

    All-time regular season results: Colts lead, 16-2All-time postseason results: No meetingsColts regular season home record vs. Texans: 9-0Colts regular season road record vs. Texans: 7-2Current regular season streak: Colts - one game (2010)Last regular season meeting: Colts 30 - Texans 17 (2010)

    Regular Season ResultsColts lead series, 16-2

    Year Result Location2002 Colts 23 - Texans 3 Houston2002 Colts 19 - Texans 3 Indianapolis2003 Colts 30 - Texans 21 Indianapolis2003 Colts 20 - Texans 17 Houston2004 Colts 49 - Texans 14 Indianapolis2004 Colts 23 - Texans 14 Houston2005 Colts 38 - Texans 20 Houston2005 Colts 31 - Texans 17 Indianapolis2006 Colts 43 - Texans 24 Indianapolis2006 Texans 27 - Colts 24 Houston2007 Colts 30 - Texans 24 Houston2007 Colts 38 - Texans 15 Indianapolis2008 Colts 31 - Texans 27 Houston2008 Colts 20 - Texans 17 Indianapolis2009 Colts 20 - Texans 17 Indianapolis2009 Colts 35 - Texans 27 Houston2010 Texans 34 - Colts 24 Houston2010 Colts 30 - Texans 17 Indianapolis

    HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL

    On preparing his team for the 2011 season (9/5/11) - You approach each season a little differently, because somany different things happen. But what I focus mainly on,is our objective. What do we have to do? My job is to getour team ready to function and play, regardless of the cir-cumstances. Not only just to function and play, but to win.If we dont win theres a problem. So thats the thing thatwe talk about.

    2010 REGULAR SEASONTEAM LEADERS

    Leading Passers: Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs RatingPeyton Manning 450 679 4,700 33 17 91.9Matt Schaub 365 574 4,370 24 12 92.0Leading Rushers: Att. Yards Avg. Long TDsDonald Brown 129 497 3.9 49 2Arian Foster 327 1,616 4.9 74t 16Leading Receivers Rec. Yards Avg. Long TDsReggie Wayne 111 1,355 12.2 50 6Andre Johnson 86 1,216 14.1 60 8

  • NOTABLECONNECTIONS

    Indiana/Texas Connections:Colts RB Joseph Addai is a native of Houston, Texas; Indianapolis DB Melvin Bullitt is from Bryan, Texas, and played collegiately atTexas A&M; Colts DE Jerry Hughes grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, and played at TCU; Indianapolis DB Jacob Lacey is a native ofGarland, Texas; Colts LS Justin Snow is from Abilene, Texas, and played college football at Baylor University; Indianapolis QuarterbacksCoach Ron Turner coached at Texas A&M in 1998; Texans P Brad Maynard is a native of Sheridan, Indiana, and played collegiatelyat Ball State University; Houston Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar was the Defensive Line/Special Teams Coachat Purdue University from 1988-89.NFL Connections:Colts LB Ernie Sims was teammates with Texans DL Shaun Cody and WR Bryant Johnson on the Detroit Lions; Indianapolis DLTyler Brayton competed with Houston DT Damione Lewis on the Carolina Panthers.College Connections:Colts OL Jeff Linkenbach and Texans LB Connor Barwin played collegiately together at the University of Cincinnati; Indianapolis RBDarren Evans was teammates with Houston CB Roc Carmichael at Virginia Tech; Colts DT Fili Moala and DB Kevin Thomas com-peted together with Texans LB Brian Cushing and QB Matt Leinart at USC; Indianapolis OL Mike Pollak played with Houston S TroyNolan at Arizona State University; Colts P Pat McAfee and Texans RB Steve Slaton were teammates at West Virginia University; In-dianapolis DB Jerraud Powers competed with Houston RB Ben Tate at Auburn University; Colts DL Tyler Brayton played collegiatelywith Texans FB Lawrence Vickers at Colorado University. Coaching Connections:Colts Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer and Defensive Line Coach John Teerlinck were members of the Denver Broncos coachingstaff with Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison, Tight Ends Coach Brian Pariani, Offensive As-sistant Jim Ryan, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith; Indianapolis Head Coach Jim Caldwell, Offensive CoordinatorClyde Christensen, Defensive Backs Coach Alan Williams and Tight Ends Coach Ricky Thomas were members of the Tampa Baycoaching staff with Houston Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano; Colts Wide Receivers Coach Frank Reich and Offensive LineCoach Pete Metzelaars played for the Carolina Panthers while Texans Running Backs Coach Chick Harris was a member of thecoaching staff.

    JIM CALDWELLCoaching Years in NFL: 11th Year

    Colts Head Coach: 3rd YearRegular Season: 24-8 (.750)

    Postseason: 2-2 (.500)Th