Colts look to start strong in home opener

Andrew Luck, Colts QB
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Birthday boy Andrew Luck turned 23 years old today. He's invited 60,000 people to his belated birthday party on Sunday as the Colts play the home opener against the Vikings.

Andrew Luck played a pair of dress rehearsals at his new home. But this Sunday counts.

"There'll be a lot of energy. It'll be a lot of fun for us to play in this stadium. Hopefully it's fun for the fans and we'll definitely feed of their excitement and their passion," said Luck.

Sunday's home opener against the Vikings is sold out.

"You've got to win your home games and you've gotta play great at home. We've got bar none I think the best fans in the entire NFL. We'll count on them to be our twelfth man, if you will. What we've gotta do is we gotta come out and we gotta start fast. We gotta get them in the game and keep them in the game. We can't come out and start slow," said Coach Chuck Pagano.

In a season where victories could be few and far between, September Sundays at Lucas Oil Stadium offer winning opportunities on back-to-back weekends.

The Vikings beat the Jaguars in overtime in week one. Both teams are rebuilding like the Colts and visit Indianapolis this month. The Colts have never lost at home to the Minnesota Vikings, 9-0 going all the way back to Baltimore.

"I can't wait. The fans really have been with us through thick and thin. Last year was a rough year. We hope we can kind of repay them with a lot more wins this year," said tight end Coby Fleener.

Fleener is just one of many new Colts making their official Indy debut and hoping to establish home field advantage.

"You don't want nobody coming to your house, take their shoes off and put their feet on your coffee table, read your newspaper, sleep in your own bed. Know what I mean? You don't want that stuff to come to your house and do these things that you'd normally do. So that's what this place needs to do for us. That's our home turf. We gotta protect home," said Cory Redding, defensive end.

The Colts are just 2-2 in home openers since moving into Lucas Oil Stadium.