Glenn, Manning know each other well

Updated: October 23, 2003, 1:00 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison have been Indianapolis' dynamic duo for six seasons. In each, despite realignment and the expansion draft, Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman have been there trying to foil them twice a year.

Coleman and Glenn were Jets cornerbacks for the first four years of the Manning-Harrison regime for the Colts when both teams were in the AFC East. Expansion brought them to Houston last year, while at the same time the Colts and Texans joined the new AFC South.

Manning said facing Glenn, who is coming off his third career Pro Bowl and is expected to play at Indianapolis on Sunday after missing two games with a strained groin, is a difficult task.

"Every time I've played against the Jets or Houston, Aaron has always played," Manning said. "In the six years that I've been here, he has always been one of the top corners, if not the top corner. I think Marvin (Harrison) has said on occasion that he thinks Aaron is the best corner that he has faced. It's always a challenge going up against him and Coleman."

However, the Colts easily handled the expansion Texans in both meetings last year. Glenn acknowledges they're particularly tough on their own carpet.

"I joke around but I'm really serious," Glenn said, adding that it's a difficult week to return to the lineup "to play players of this caliber," Glenn said.

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MANNING SPEAKS: Manning, who watched his father Archie run for his life for an awful Oilers team in the early 1980s, could empathize with Texans rookie David Carr as he set the single season sack record at 76 last season.

Now that Carr's sack total this year is around the league norm and the Texans' offense is becoming more productive, Manning says he's not surprised Carr benefited from taking rookie lumps just as he did in 1998.

"Sometimes from the sideline you certainly can learn, but it's hard just to realize just how fast the game is. I think experience is your best teacher," said Manning, who like Carr started every game of his first season.

"I really felt like I started to improve toward the end of my rookie year. The game started slowing down, if you will. You start getting more comfortable with your receivers and with your backs as far as the timing in games.

"In my second year, we really had a huge turnaround going from 3-13 to 13-3. A lot of that is because I felt more comfortable and started making better decisions. I think David would agree to that. Your second year you just feel much more comfortable with everything."

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COMEBACK COMEUPPANCE: As exciting as the Texans' last victory against Jacksonville was, it's clearly not a surefire formula.

That was the game Sept. 28 where Houston jumped to a 14-0 lead, then stalled as the Jaguars came back and eventually went ahead 20-17 with 2 seconds left and the Texans' ball on the Jacksonville 1-yard line. Coach Dom Capers went for the touchdown, Carr made it with a sneak and the Texans were NFL celebrities for a week.

Last Sunday against another woebegone team, the Jets, the Texans again watched an early 14-0 lead go down the drain and trailed 19-14 in the final seconds before mounting another final drive. This time it ended with the ball rolling on the grass after a fourth-down misfire that sealed New York's victory.

"We made it then, we didn't make it this week," Capers said. "That's what many of these games come down to."

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