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"We need to build on some of the things we're doing well, but we need to do a better job in the red zone this Sunday than last Sunday," he said. "The field goals were nice, but we'd like to score more touchdowns when we get down there."
The next test comes Sunday at San Diego, a foe that has created nightmares for Manning.
In January, the Chargers' rallied behind backup quarterback Billy Volek to end Indy's quest for back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
Last November, at San Diego, Manning threw a franchise-record six interceptions -- four in the first half -- and Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard go-ahead field goal with 1:31 to go.
And in December 2005, the Chargers ended Indy's quest for perfection with a 28-24 victory in Indianapolis.
If the Colts intend to change those results, Manning and the offense will have to play flawlessly. Coach Tony Dungy believes they can.
"I think we're coming," Dungy said. "We got our lineup solidified and our offensive line solidified, and he's gotten a lot more work with the receivers. It (the offense) has been sharp against some pretty good defenses in the past month."
Yet there are some phases that still need refining.
Indy receivers dropped nearly a half-dozen passes last week against Houston, and the Colts must prove they can run the ball consistently over the final six games.
Manning tries to continue his current streak of 123 passes without an interception against a San Diego defense that has caused problems in the past.
And the way he's going, he just might.
"It's something we've done a better job of the past few weeks, and that will be critical against these guys," he said. "Not committing turnovers, trying to score touchdowns in the red zone, trying to avoid the negative plays, those are the things you always want to build on. We've been better."
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