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
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
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
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:
RB Edgerrin James, WR Marvin Harrison, Colts
RB Emmitt Smith, WR Michael Irvin, Dallas
RB Barry Sanders, WR Herman Moore, Detroit
RB Thurman Thomas, WR Andre Reed, Buffalo
RB Terrell Davis, WR Rod Smith, Denver
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.
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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. A J Macht
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
"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
"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
"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,
The Colts took a long, quick route dissecting
"We did a good job of answering the bell,''
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
"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.
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