In order for the Indianapolis Colts to pull out a Week 1 win, the team will have to play their hearts out against a powerful divisional rival, the Houston Texans. But the Colts will need to do more than just play a well-fought game.
With Peyton Manning out for the first time in 208 consecutive games, veteran Kerry Collins will step in as the guy under center for the Colts, and while fans shouldn't expect the Colts to dominate the Texans, all hope isn't lost.
Now that Manning is out indefinitely, the importance of holding down the fort has set in, and Collins has the next-guy-up mentality. Let's take a look at the keys to success for the Colts.