4:05 PM ET, October 7, 2007
|In Good Company|
The Indianapolis Colts earned their third straight 5-0 start with a 33-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Only four teams in NFL history have started 5-0 in three straight seasons.
The Colts dominated on both sides of the ball, more than doubling the Bucs' total yards and nearly doubling the Bucs' time of possession. Manning and Co. used a good mix of run and pass to keep the previously fifth-ranked Bucs defense off balance. Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore didn't change the Indy approach despite injuries to its stars, running the ball with backup Kenton Keith (121 yards) and spreading the ball effectively to six different targets. The Indy defense derailed the Tampa Bay offense by using its base 4-3 scheme and a mixture of two- and five-underneath man coverages. There was no magic in what the Indy defense employed; the front seven just stymied the Bucs' ground game and forced QB Jeff Garcia to put the ball in the air more often than Tampa Bay likes. The once-much maligned Colts run defense, using a good mix of interior stunts and hard-nosed football, held the Bucs to just 17 yards on the ground.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
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Indianapolis broke the franchise record for consecutive home victories Sunday. The Colts have now won 12 in a row at the RCA Dome. ... Rookie Gaines Adams blocked Vinatieri's second extra-point attempt, giving the Bucs their first blocked extra point since 1986. ... Manning's two touchdown passes now give him 285 for his career, two behind John Unitas' franchise record.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:19||Dallas Clark 10 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||0||7|
|TD||14:53||Kenton Keith 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)||0||13|
|TD||06:43||Alex Smith 3 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||7||13|
|FG||00:00||Adam Vinatieri 27 Yd||7||16|
|TD||07:23||Kenton Keith 7 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||23|
|TD||14:57||Reggie Wayne 9 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||30|
|TD||09:21||Alex Smith 3 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||14||30|
|FG||02:53||Adam Vinatieri 35 Yd||14||33|