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"I think we're taking it up a notch though the numbers this week didn't really show it," he said. "The good thing about football is that you can always start over. It is the first game."
The challenge could get even tougher now.
After releasing Marvin Harrison in a cost-cutting move in February, the Colts expected two former first-round picks, receivers Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez, to help open up running lanes.
But Gonzalez sprained ligaments in his right knee Sunday and is expected to miss several weeks. The other two healthy receivers, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, are not likely to take extra defenders with them, meaning opponents could load up against the run.
Still, the linemen expect better performances than fans have seen so far.
"That's a big deal for us," Lilja said. "We need to convert those as an offense. That's something we've been working on and, apparently, it doesn't look like it. We'll address, work on it and get it done."
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