1:00 PM ET, December 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts are playoff ready.Just ask the Houston Texans.Peyton Manning looked sharp, Indy's running game was efficient, the defense forced three turnovers and there was no letdown Sunday in what's likely to be the Colts final postseason tuneup. Indy scored on six of its first eight possessions and had 38 consecutive points in a 38-15 rout."I think it says a lot about guys taking their jobs seriously and being professional by coming out and getting a win today," Manning said.
Next Sunday's season finale between the Titans and Colts at Indianapolis has been moved to prime time with Tennessee in position to secure an AFC wild-card berth.The NFL said after Tennessee's 10-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday it was switching Titans-Colts from 1 p.m. EST to 8:15 p.m. under the flexible schedule for late-season Sunday games. The originally scheduled Kansas City-Jets game moves to 4:15 p.m. EST.
Also being moved to 4:15 p.m. EST will be Dallas at Washington and Pittsburgh at Baltimore.
If the Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Colts, they
will earn the sixth seed in the playoffs. They can't get in with a
loss, regardless of what Cleveland does at home to San Francisco in
an afternoon game.
Mario Williams sacked Manning in the second quarter, his sixth straight game with a sack. ... Houston defensive end Anthony Weaver injured his right shoulder in the first half but returned in the second half. Texans right tackle Eric Winston also got kicked in the back but was expected to be OK. ... Manning topped 30 TD passes for the fourth time in his career. ... The Colts have now won 10 straight home games against division foes.
Watch out for the Colts come playoff time. QB Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis passing attack are hitting on all cylinders right now. Offensive coordinator Tom Moore used a lot of shifts and motions that created a lot of unique matchup problems for the Texans on the back end in coverage. Manning was very impressive in the way he got into rhythm and attacked different levels on the back end, especially vertically down the field to wide receiver Reggie Wayne and in the red zone to TE Dallas Clark. The Colts' offense is very balanced. It can attack inside or outside with the running game and on three levels in the passing game. This makes Indy a very dangerous team in the playoffs because this offense is very explosive in any type of condition.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||6.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||11:14||Kevin Walter 17 Yd Pass From Sage Rosenfels (Kris Brown Kick)||7||0|
|FG||06:55||Adam Vinatieri 29 Yd||7||3|
|TD||12:08||Joseph Addai 2 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||10|
|TD||05:42||Dallas Clark 6 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||17|
|TD||03:39||Dallas Clark 11 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||24|
|TD||10:20||Clifton Dawson 4 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||31|
|TD||03:08||Reggie Wayne 7 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||38|
|TD||01:07||Andre Johnson 6 Yd Pass From Sage Rosenfels (Darius Walker Run For Two-Point Conversion)||15||38|