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Indianapolis Colts: Expect to See More of Starters Sunday Night Against New York Giants

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Expect to see a little more of Andrew Luck and the first-teamers on Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants in the second preseason game of the 2013 season.

Last week, Luck and the starters only played two possessions in Indianapolis’ 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Lucas Oil Stadium. Expect the playing time to go up a little bit more this Sunday as the starters are expected to play at least through the first quarter and maybe a bit into the second.

The Giants won their preseason opener 18-13 on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Heinz Field. Quarterback Eli Manning hit receiver Victor Cruz on a 57-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter on their last possession before coming out for the second stringers.

This will be the first preseason game between the two teams since August 11, 1984. That, coincidentally enough, was the first game the Colts ever played in Indianapolis as it took place in the old Hoosier Dome. Indianapolis won that game 26-20 as they hold a 7-5 advantage over the Giants in the 12 preseason games played against each other.

Also, expect to see a better all-around effort from the team after their owner Jim Irsay ripped the club on Twitter. After the third-biggest turnaround in NFL history from a 2-14 season in 2011 to 11-5 last year, Irsay isn’t going to have his team go backwards. The rookies had the most scrimmage yards in NFL history at 3,108 last season. With all of them back with the team and many upgrades to the roster, the team shouldn’t go backwards.

We should see a smash mouth performance out of the Colts on Sunday.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the Colts the past four years and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the team. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru