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Manning and his receivers haven't been themselves, either. There have been dropped balls, miscommunications and errant throws, prompting the usually unflappable Manning to suggest Monday night that the Colts need to play with some anger.
"I don't think anybody's happy, everybody's mad about not winning the game the other night," Manning said Wednesday. "But everybody realizes why it happened. The Titans made more plays than we did in the second half. There are plenty of teams that are angry out there, but that doesn't mean you're going to go out and win the next week."
To win, these Colts must revert to their traditional form -- making big plays, avoiding penalties and stringing together a full 60-minute game.
Indy has played that way in spurts this season. There was the improbable comeback at Minnesota, the record-setting rally at Houston and the blowout against Baltimore.
But the Colts haven't done it consistently, which leads Dungy back to his original conclusion.
"I'd say you'd have to say it's a slump based on his numbers and his productivity," Dungy said when asked specifically about Manning's performance. "I think the whole team is in a slump right now. It's a team game. Everybody is in it. I wouldn't put it all on one person at all. I'm in a slump."
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