August 12, 2012 |
Andrew Luck, the Stanford All-American taking over for Peyton Manning at quarterback in Indianapolis, had a touchdown-throwing debut for the Colts, who defeated the St. Louis Rams, 38-3, on Sunday. And it's a good omen for Indy fans. Luck, taken first in the NFL draft this spring, was under pressure on his first attempt and dumped the ball to running back Donald Brown, who went the distance after the catch for a 63-yard touchdown. Guess who else threw for a score on his first NFL attempt?
December 10, 2010 |
After Peyton Manning had thrown 11 interceptions in three games, you couldn't blame the Dolts if they were beginning to regret choosing him over Ryan Leaf in the 1998 draft. Thursday, however, Manning came up against the ideal opponent for him ? Tennessee, a team that hadn't intercepted a pass in 10 quarters. The No. 9 Titans couldn't even pick off one of his throws, succumbing, 28-30, to fall to 5-8. Moving up to No. 10 were Norv Turner's Chargers, who fell to Oakland, 28-13, after being penalized for having 12 players on the field twice in one quarter.
October 24, 1988 |
Halfway to what? The Chargers certainly aren't halfway to the playoffs. They are 2-6 at the midpoint of the season. Yet if they hadn't befouled the air with a stale 16-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, they would trail AFC West Division leaders Seattle and Denver by only one game. Halfway to the worst record in the NFL and the draft's first prize of UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman? Probably not.
December 3, 2011 |
Only 400 miles separate the bookends of pro football, yet those two NFL teams could wind up further apart than any in history. The Green Bay Packers are within reach of a 16-0 season. The Indianapolis Colts are careening toward 0-16. Franchises have finished the regular season with those records — New England went 16-0 in 2007, and Detroit went 0-16 in 2008 — but never in the modern era has one team gone undefeated and another winless in the same season. "You could see the Green Bay thing coming," Hall of Fame coach John Madden said.
October 5, 2010 |
Think the 1972 Miami Dolphins are sweating it? Those Dolphins ? the only team in the Super Bowl era to win every game in a season ? almost saw New England join them on the mountaintop three years ago, but the Patriots lost the Super Bowl. Last season, New Orleans won its first 13 games before losing to Dallas, and Indianapolis won its first 14 before pulling its foot from the accelerator and coasting into the playoffs. But this season, 31 teams already have at least one loss.
January 2, 2011 |
Now that they've put the Super Bowl hangover on hiatus, New Orleans and Indianapolis just want to hang around. For the first time since 2000, both of the Super Bowl participants from the previous season have qualified for the playoffs. But neither the Saints nor the Colts are shoo-ins to get past the opening round. The Saints have to do something the franchise has never done: win a playoff game on the road. The Colts, meanwhile, will open the postseason at home Saturday night against the New York Jets ?
August 2, 2010 |
Jim Irsay won't let Peyton Manning walk away from the Colts next season — no matter the cost. Indianapolis' owner reiterated that he intends to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag to keep the only four-time MVP in league history in blue and white. "The bottom line is we'll get something done and when it happens just depends," Irsay said during the Colts' first training camp practice. "I said he'd be the highest-paid player and he may already be if we go with the tag. I'd love to see him be here and break all those records as a Colt."
October 30, 2012 |
Back in the spring, when the NFL released the 2012 schedule, not many people would have guessed Miami at Indianapolis would be a meaningful game at this point in the season. Yet here we are, heading into Week 9, with the Dolphins and Colts - both led by rookie quarterbacks - hanging tough at 4-3 and in sole possession of second place in their respective divisions. This very easily could have been a situation in which one or both of these teams were still looking for their first victory.
October 5, 2013 |
We see one side of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck - the maturity, athleticism and solid decision-making. His backup, veteran Matt Hasselbeck, has an inside perspective on Luck, and knows the challenge of attempting to keep pace both mentally and physically with last year's No. 1 pick from Stanford. "There's no doubt to me that Andrew's going to be one of the great players of all time," said Hasselbeck, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay and is the only quarterback to lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
October 7, 1985 |
The Indianapolis Colts ran roughshod over winless Buffalo, 49-17, Sunday, leaving Bills' new Coach Hank Bullough wondering why he ever took the job. "I had no idea it would be like this," Bullough said of his NFL head coaching debut. "If I knew it was going to be this bad, we wouldn't have shown up. I'd rather take a fine than a game like this." It was the 11th consecutive loss on the road for the Bills, 0-5 this season. "The Colts have a good running game," Bullough said.