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The Colts Influence




Game 10

 November 13 2005
31 VS 17

Story Line with Photos    Scoring Summary   Game Notes    Preview



















Three weeks after their first head-to-head meeting, little has changed for the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. Colts beat the Texans, 38-20, in Houston in mid-October.

The Colts are still considered the NFL's elite team,
 with the enhanced image acquired in this past Monday's
 ass whooping of the two-time defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and a walk in the park win over Houston today. The Colts officially eliminated the Houston Texans from the AFC South Division race while Tony Dungy and company are still the only NFL's undefeated team.

The victory was the fourth AFC South victory for the Colts this season.

While some might say The Colts will head into the second half of the season with an eye towards becoming just the second team in NFL archives not to lose a single game through the course of a season. As grand as that would be it's more likely improbable due to the basis of Dungy protecting his starters in the last game against Arizona. However, we are talking Arizona(2-7) where I believe Sorgi could actually outdo Kurt Warner.

Some people may believe the Houston Texans gave our Indianapolis Colts a pretty decent game.


It took two fluke plays off of very bad punts by the Texans to give them the appearance of being competitive in this game.

Twice the Colts muffed short punts when the ball hit Colts blockers as they ran downfield. The Texans recovered both muffs and converted them into 10 points, keeping Houston closer than expected to the NFL's hottest team.

But Manning & Co. answered every challenge as Houston dropped to 0-8 all-time against Indy.

They limited Houston to only two first downs, one by penalty in the game's first 27 minutes.

The Indianapolis Colts put out a message to the Texans and for the rest of the NFL:

Defenses that must deal with the Indianapolis Colts' offense basically must decide whether to focus on the passing game and absorb whatever damage James does on the ground, or concentrate on James and take their chances with quarterback Peyton Manning and a passing game that features Harrison.
Sunday in the RCA Dome, Houston gagged on a double dose of this poison.
 The Triplets are back and better than ever accompanied by the addition of Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley.

Not to point out still faultless. 

The NFL's two-time MVP, Peyton Manning was back to throwing touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts are again achieving offensive milestones.

AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Manning completed 26-of-35 passes and was not intercepted in the victory, as the Colts became the 11th team since 1970 to start a season with nine straight wins. Only the 1972 Miami Dolphins went on to complete a season undefeated.

For the second straight week, Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns and Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James each topped 100 yards.

It marked the 21st time in 89 games together they've eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the same game, an NFL record. Dallas' Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin needed 124 games to post 20 100-100 games.

The Colts are 18-3 when James and Harrison each eclipse 100 yards.  -

Harrison caught seven passes for 108 yards, including a 30-yard TD pass that made Manning and Harrison the first duo in NFL history to account for 10,000 yards. The tandem now has 755 completions for 10,034 yards and 90 touchdowns -

all NFL records.

James, as well, had a milestone day. He carried 26 times for 122 yards. His 47th career 100-yard game, tying him with Pittsburgh's Franco Harris for the eighth most in league history. By eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the seventh time in nine games - the fifth consecutive game, tying his own club record - James pushed his season total to 1,027 rushing yards. That's his fifth 1,000-yard season, a club record. He had shared the mark with Marshall Faulk.

The triplets made Houston look bad all day.

"They have so many weapons, you just can't let up," linebacker Antwan Peek said of Manning. "But it's tough to stop them all."

Here's a look at the top rushing-receiving tandems in league history, including the number of times they combined for 100-yard games and the number of games they played together:


On with the show . . .




Indianapolis wins the toss - Colts receive.

After the both teams traded punts to start the game, the Colts commenced to dominate the Texans moving the ball in a seemingly unproblematic  manner, putting up three touchdowns in their next three possessions.

The Colts took an early 7-0 lead when Manning faked the stretch play to Edgerrin one way and threw short to other side to Dallas Clark. Clark evaded a tackler and ran into the end zone untouched for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Darron Cummings/Associated Press

The play capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive.
The Colts then forced another Houston punt.


Taking over at their 14, the Colts drove 86 yards, helped by an offside penalty on Houston nose tackle Seth Payne on 4th-and-1 from Indianapolis' 35.

"My offsides penalty was just boneheadedness," he said. "That was just dumb on my part. They weren't going to snap that ball. I saw some movement, and my instinct took over."

It proved costly.

The Colts earned the first down

 James did a large amount of the work with six carries for 36 yards, capping it with a five-yard run scoring his ninth touchdown rushing of the season for a 14-0 lead with 11:14 remaining before halftime.

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The Colts' continued their offensive efficiency on the ensuing drive, moving 61 yards on nine plays, taking a three-touchdown lead making it 21-0 Colts, when Brandon Stokely caught another Manning pass, threading his way among Texans defenders to cross the goal line.
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 It was Manning's 16th touchdown pass of the season and Stokley's first receiving touchdown of the season.

The Colts held onto the ball for 19 of the first 30 minutes of play, posted 16 first downs compared to just 4 by Houston, and appeared to be ready to go in to the locker room up by at least 21 points until a Texans poorly punted ball by Chad Stanley, who only averaged 36.8 yards per punt, landed well short of Colts punt returner Troy Walters. As Walters waived his teammates away, the ball landed amongst a crowd of players.

Colts teammate Marlin Jackson dove to cover the football as it spewed toward the sideline, where it was recovered by Houston's Ramon Walker at the Colts' 34-yard line.

The ruling on the field was that a Colts player had touched the ball, allowing the Texans to recover it.

Mungro said the ball didn't hit him. Jackson didn't know that.

"I thought it hit somebody in the back," Jackson said. "So I tried to go after it."

Colts coach Tony Dungy also thought the ball hit someone, - a Texan. Dungy challenged the call, which was upheld after a review.

"They said they didn't have a shot of the ball actually coming down hitting the ground," Dungy said, "so we'll never know, I guess."

On the replay, you could see a Texans player turn around just as the ball caromed out of the group of players and towards the sideline. The Texans took advantage of the break, scoring on a 14-yard run three plays by Jonathan Wells. One referee ruled it a touchdown. Another appeared to rule him down.

Being in the 2 minute Warning, a Review was demanded from the booth, however Upheld.

You decide . . .

Matt Kryger / The Star

Texans finish the half trailing 21-7.


The Texans, probably fired up after the screwup punt return resulting in a Texans score, came into the second half of this ball game with some false imagination of taking over this ballgame and overpowering the Colts. In the first 6:34 minutes of the game the Texans went 60 yards in 11 plays to connect with a pass to Jabar Gaffney that brought Houston to within 21-14.

It received attention of the Colts' offense.

"There's not a lot of talk, but there's enough to know this is something we need to do,'' center Jeff Saturday said. "You know, 'Let's get first downs; let's take care of things.' ''

"Everybody knows; you don't need a pep talk in this league," Manning said. "It was important for us to answer right there."

What took the Texans 11 plays for 60 yards and a possession time of 6:34.

Like a cat playing with a mouse, the Colts toyed with the Texans long enough to make them feel good about themselves.

Manning and Company responded with 5 plays
to cover 75 yards in only 2:32 minutes,
just as important,
restored order!

The Colts took a long, quick route dissecting Houston's defense.

"We did a good job of answering the bell,'' Manning said.

Starting at the Colts 25, Manning hit Brandon Stokley for 23 yards. After an 8-yard run by Edgerrin James, Manning found Harrison for a 10-yarder and Reggie Wayne for a 4-yarder that produced a second-and-6 at the Houston 30.

Then it was Manning and Harrison again. Harrison blew past cornerback Dunta Robinson along the right sideline as Manning fires a 30-yard strike to the right corner of the end zone hitting Marvin for a 28-14 Colts lead and Harrison gathering in his eighth touchdown of the season, 106th of his career and 90th from Manning.

morphed photos by AP Photo/Michael and Conroy Rob Goebel / The Star

Manning and Harrison already hold career records for most completions, most yards and most touchdowns by a tandem.

"We needed to put something together, put some points on the board and get the momentum back our way,'' Stokley said. "We did it pretty quickly.''

The Texans could not respond
and ended up having to punt . . .


Houston exploited punting providence again.

It was another short punt. Walters yelled, "Pull," and Jason David heard him. David ran toward the sideline, as the players are taught. The football hit him on his helmet and Vernand Morency fell on the loose ball for the Texans at the Colts' 30.

Colts defense refused to allow them to get anymore than a 24 yard fieldgoal making it 17-28 still The Colts.

On The Colts next drive, Manning threw two incomplete passes as The Colts were about to punt when Houston's Shantee Orr charged in from the Colts' right side and almost blocked the punt near the Colts' 10, instead he collided into Colts punter, Hunter Smith, and was penalized for roughing the kicker.

First Down, Colts!

However, all The Colts could pull out of this was a 31-17 score from a Mike Vanderjagt 45 yard field goal.

The rest of the final quarter ended with both teams trading the ball back and forth and Colts with thief final possession taking a respectful knee at Houstons 10 yard line.

Colts win 31 to 17 and leads the NFL as the only undefeated team at 9 - 0

Robert Scheer / The Star

Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison jog off the field after doing postgame interviews.

"I know they've got a tough schedule, but I don't care who they play- I think they're going unbeaten," Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson said.

Robinson and his teammates qualify as experts on Indianapolis, because the Colts have defeated them two times in the last four weeks.

"Man, it's crazy going against them," Robinson said. "I mean, they've got great receivers, but the quarterback makes their offense go. He's a genius."

"He's basically the offensive coordinator," Robinson said. "He calls everything at the line. He picks up just about anything you try and adjusts to almost everything.

"They're so hard to stop because the receivers aren't even out of their routes, and the ball's in the air. That makes it so tough."



  • Defensive end Robert Mathis' streak of eight consecutive games with a sack came to an end as he was held without a sack. But the Colts defense registered three sacks on the day (Montae Reagor, Dwight Freeney, Larry Tripplett) against David Carr who completed 16 out of 25 attempts for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Colts defense continued their streak of nine consecutive games of not allowing a 100-yard rusher, holding Wells to 58 yards on 15 carries.

  • Harrison's 50th career 100-yard game tied Don Maynard for second on the all-time list. Jerry Rice's 76 100-yard games are an NFL record

  • Manning and Harrison became the first quarterback/receiver duo to reach 10,000 career yards

  • James reached the 100-yard plateau for the 47th time in his career, tying Franco Harris for eighth-most in NFL history. The Colts improved to 41-6 when he reaches the century mark, including 7-0 this season. He also went over 1,000 yards in a season for the fifth time in his career

  • Peyton Manning's 297 yards passing, three touchdowns and season-high 127.9 passer rating.

  • Cato June's nine solos and five assists for 14 tackles, his season high.

The Colts, the two-time defending AFC South champions, will visit the Cincinnati Bengals (7-2) Sunday at 4:15 P.M. The last team to start the season 9-0, the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs, lost at Cincinnati in their 10th game of the season.

Story Line with Photos    Scoring Summary   Game Notes    Preview


Game 12 against STEELERS

Game 5 against 49er's

Game 11 against the Bengal's

Game 4 against Titans

Game 17 against Cardinals

Game 10 against the TEXANS again

Game 3 against Browns

Game 16 against Seahawks

Game 9 against PATRIOTS

Game 2 against Jaguars

Game 15 against Chargers

Game 8 - BYE WEEK

Game 1 against Ravens

Game 14 against Jaguars again

Game 7 against the TEXANS


Game 13 against TITANS again

Game 6 against Rams



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