INDIANAPOLIS – PAINTER SHOWS ABILITY TO RUN - A new name topped the list of most rushing yards for the Colts on Sunday.
With the Colts trying to make a fourth quarter comeback, Painter scrambled three times for 58 yards on a drive that went 77 yards in 10 plays.
“We did a little option at Purdue, so I got to run it a little bit, but I guess that was more by design, so it’s been a few years,” Painter said of his scrambling.
His 79 yards rushing helped the Colts ground attack outgain the Titans, 158-96.
In the passing department, Painter had career-highs in completions and attempts, as he was 26-49 for 250 yards on Sunday.
Painter also played a crucial role in a pair of records for two of his targets Sunday afternoon.
Leading the team with 77 yards receiving, tight end
The Colts offense had its most productive drives following halftime, something Painter said was due to a higher pace with the no huddle offense.
“I think one thing that it always gives us is tempo,” Painter said. “Everybody on this team is kind of used to that style and it kind of gets everybody into rhythm a little bit better. I think more than anything that’s what it does, it gets us going and kind of hitting plays one after another.”
OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLED AGAIN – For the fifth time in eight games, the Colts offensive line had a different look to it Sunday afternoon.
A product of Iowa University, Olsen was signed by the Colts on September 12th and has played mainly on special teams since being added to the roster.
Tepper joined the Colts on January 5, 2011. He was with the team in training camp and saw his first action at Tampa Bay in week four, when he was signed off the practice squad the day of the game. He has been on the practice squad subsequently, but was activated and opened his first career game at Tennessee.
The injury bug once again hit the offensive line when right tackle
Despite all the injuries, the Colts still out-rushed the Titans, 158-96, with a 6.1-yard average per rush.
DEFENSE SHUTS DOWN JOHNSON – In the 2010 season finale, the Colts defense held Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson to 39 yards on 20 carries.
The unit proved Sunday that the performance was not an aberration, holding Johnson to 34 yards on 14 carries.
“They completed of couple passes and got of couple field goals, but I don’t think they had an effective day moving the ball up and down the field,” cornerback
Leading the way for the defense was the NFL’s leading tackler
The defense got off to a fast start Sunday forcing three straight three-and-outs after giving up a field goal on the Titans initial drive. The stops came when the Titans started possessions twice in Colts territory and kept them within striking distance.
“I thought we came out fine this week from a defensive standpoint,” Powers said. They came out and got a quick three, but other than that we were getting off the field, getting some stops and making some plays here and there.”