INDIANAPOLIS--From zero to heroes? The odds don't favor.
The Colts are victors of six consecutive games, while the Lions are the opposite 13 times over.
"There's a lot of good individual performance, but not a lot of team wins," said head coach Tony Dungy of the Lions-who are close to becoming the first team to finish a 16-game season without a victory.
But with a playoff berth still in the balance, the Colts have carefully stated the company line of "one game at a time"
"We need to do what we have to do to get better," said Quarterback Peyton Manning.
Detroit's performance last Sunday gave the Colts something to think about before the contest at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Lions defense forced four turnovers and led in the fourth quarter, before a late Viking rally sealed their fate for a thirteenth time.
"They probably should have won, at least on the defensive standpoint," said Manning of Detroit's game against Minnesota. "They had their chances for a couple more, but it went the other way."
While Manning should see a similar defensive plan from the Lions, the Colts defense will get a new look. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky will start in place of Daunte Culpepper, who is out with a shoulder strain.
"This is the NFL," said cornerback Kelvin Hayden. "We just have to stay on top of things."