Curtis Painter Colts

October 4, 2011 by staff 

Curtis Painter ColtsCurtis Painter Colts, LeGarrette Blount Josh Freeman and the roles reversed Monday night against Indianapolis. Freeman picked up the tough yards, and Blount was the work of relief. Together, they helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their third straight game.

Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, Blount ran for 127 yards and a touchdown and the Buccaneers beat the Colts 24-17 in primetime.

Freeman, who rushed for a touchdown early in the game, scrambled for a huge first down on the winning drive. Two plays later, Blount found a hole, bounced to the outside and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. Her defensive back David Caldwell the last meters before plunging a few for the pylon.

Freeman has not been done the dirty work, though. Need a yard to move the chains, expand the drive and the Colts denied a chance to tie the game, Freeman picked up the first and fourth and a game.

“It really was not enough time, but it’s us,” said Freeman.

The Buccaneers (3-1) kept pace with New Orleans in the NFC South. The Colts fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1998, Peyton Manning’s rookie year. Manning has seen the four losses, he could not play due to a neck injury.

Curtis Painter started this, taking the place of the injured backup Kerry Collins, who is due to a concussion, and played better than most expected.

“It’s always a little easier when you know you’re going to have some playing time,” said the painter. “We had a good start and put some points on the board. But obviously, we must find a way to put more points on the board and move the ball a little better.”

Painter completed 13 of 30 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, both long to Pierre Garcon. He was not as effective down the stretch, partly because the Colts lost starting offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana to injury. Guard Ryan Diem was inactive.

“I think we have to deal with injuries in this business,” said Colts coach Jim Caldwell. “They are produced You only have to find a way to overcome that is what we speak -.. The man next to someone you must complete and ready to play.”.

However, the loss of three men in the same position is difficult for any team to beat.

“It’s one of those things we have to move some things and make some adjustments,” said Caldwell. “Not a good situation, but nevertheless, you have to work.”

Painter and Garcon was the lone bright spots for the Colts.

Garcon returned a short side road in a 87-yard score in the second quarter, then took a screen pass and weaved his way through defenders for 59 yards on a third.

Those were the longest in team play this season. The 87-yard pass play was the fifth-longest in team history and more than Manning has thrown in his career in the NFL.

The Colts went 17-10 after the second score Garcon, but it was Tampa Bay over the final 20 minutes.

“It’s always good to win on a national stage,” said Bucs coach Raheem Morris. “Everyone wants to perform better, but it’s hard to apologize for wins, so we’re excited about all of them. They’re pretty hard to get, so might as well enjoy each and every one does.”

Freeman was 25 of 39 passing, save time in the pocket and also covers the Indy defense area. He put the Bucs in scoring with a drop of 1 yard in the second quarter and tied the game at 10 with a 13-yard pass to Preston Parker at the end of the third.

Blount put them ahead for good with his longest streak of the season. Freeman remained there with his fourth attempt to dive into the line.

Tampa Bay’s biggest problem the game – in addition to giving up two long touchdown passes – for sanctions. The Bucs were scored 14 times for 106 yards.

None were as costly as Dwight Freeney penalty. Indianapolis Star pass rusher has been flagged for being offside on a third-and-19 play. The Bucs made the next game, creating Connor Barth 46-yard field goal that tied the game at 10.

Indy returned to the front in the second goal of Garcon. Eluded several defenders, as they traverse the countryside, and may have been aided by a block in the back. There were no flags, though.

First Garcon was almost as good. He presented the sideline and beat everyone to the end zone, giving the Colts a 10-0 lead.

Freeman responded by expelling the Bucs down the field, and then slipped the ball at the goal line. Tampa Bay had a chance to tie the game or take the lead just before halftime, but Robert Mathis sacked Freeman on third-and the Bucs had to fight to get the field goal unit row.

They did, and Barth kick was good from 37 yards. But the Bucs with 12 men on the field, so they went to the locker room at the end.

No matter, do not fight against the Colts.

“I think we’re close,” said the painter. “We’re just a little to win here. Everyone is playing hard. That’s one thing about our team. We will not quit. We will continue the battle and hope to get over the hump.”

Notes: Colts DT Eric Foster injured his right ankle late in the second quarter, was helped off the field and taken to a nearby hospital. He will stay overnight for observation and close season surgery. … Garcon had 149 yards passing in the first three Indy games, but had 146 yards on two touches on Monday. … Painter said he expects an opportunity to start next week, but added it is “out of my hands.”

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