DATE: Sunday, November 30, 2008
SITE: Cleveland Browns Stadium
KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. (EST)
The Colts own a 2-0 mark against the AFC North this season with a 31-3 home win over Baltimore on October 12 and a 24-20 win at Pittsburgh on November 9. Indianapolis entertains Cincinnati next Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis reaches this week's battle after a 23-20 victory last Sunday at San Diego. Cleveland dropped a 16-6 verdict last Sunday at home to Houston. This will be the first series renewal since a 13-6 home win for the Colts over the Browns on September 25, 2005. The Colts are 3-0 in Cleveland Browns Stadium, including last-minute wins in 1999 (29-28, game winning 21-yard FG with :04 remaining) and 2003 (9-6, 45-yard field goal with :01 remaining). The series between two of the league's most storied franchises dates back to 1956.
Owners of the NFL's best regular-season record (109-46) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn eight playoff appearances in the last nine seasons, Indianapolis has won 54 of its last 68 regular-season games. Indianapolis' winning ways include a 30-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 95 of 114 weeks of the division's existence. The Colts have won the past five AFC South championships, the best divisional-title streak in club history. Indianapolis became the only NFL team with five consecutive 12 -victory seasons. The Colts were tied with Dallas (1992-95) as the only teams to do it four consecutive seasons.
PERSONNEL REPORT: WR-Roy Hall (knee), DB-Bob Sanders were out; DB-Antoine Bethea (ankle), LB-Gary Brackett (quadriceps), DB-Kelvin Hayden (hamstring), DE-Robert Mathis (toe), DE-Darrell Reid (hip) were questionable; OT-Tony Ugoh (knee) was probable. Last game's inactive players were: Sanders, DB-Brandon Foster, LB-Buster Davis, C-Steve Justice, TE-Jamie Petrowski, DT-Daniel Muir, DE-Curtis Johnson and Hall.
TELEVISION/RADIO: CBS Sports telecasts with Dick Enberg and Randy Cross. 1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey and Will Wolford.
NEXT WEEK: Indianapolis hosts Cincinnati on Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
WWW.COLTS.COM: Please check the official website of the Indianapolis Colts for the latest in team information and merchandise.
TONY DUNGY is 80-27 at the Colts' helm. Dungy joined the Colts on January 22, 2002, after serving as Tampa Bay's head coach for six seasons (1996-01). Dungy's career regular-season record is 134-69, and he has an overall record of 143-78. Dungy became the 35th coach in NFL history to earn 100 career victories with a 38-20 win at Houston on 10/23/05. Dungy became the 20th coach since entering the league in 1970 to win 100 career games. Of those 20, only George Seifert (132), Joe Gibbs (148), Mike Ditka (151), Mike Holmgren (160) and Mike Shanahan (161) reached 100 career wins faster than Dungy's pace of 163 games. Dungy recorded his 100th regular-season victory vs. Tennessee 12/4/05, becoming only the 6th coach to win 100 regular-season games in the first 10 years as a head coach (113, Seifert; 105, Don Shula; 103, John Madden; 102, Dungy; 101, Gibbs; 101, Ditka). With an overall mark of 87-32, Dungy became the winningest coach in Colts history with a 31-7 win at Carolina on 10/28/07, bettering the prior total of 73 by Shula and Ted Marchibroda. Dungy owns a 110-45 mark since the start of the 1999 season (30-18 at Tampa Bay; 80-27 with Colts), and he is the NFL's winningest coach during that span. He has directed 10 of his 12 teams into the playoffs, while leading Tampa Bay (1999) and the Colts (2003, 2006) to the conference championship game, and his 2006 Colts squad won Super Bowl XLI. Dungy took Tampa Bay to four playoff appearances during his tenure as field general. From 2002-07, Dungy has directed the Colts to 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4 and 13-3 records, becoming the only coach in club history to produce 10 victories and playoff berths in the first six seasons with the team. In 2007, Dungy helped produce the 17th 10 -victory season in franchise history, and he is one of five Colts head coaches to earn double-digit victory totals (6, Dungy; 4, Shula; 3, Marchibroda; 2, Don McCafferty; 2, Jim Mora). Dungy has nine career double-digit victory seasons (10-6, 1997; 11-5, 1999; 10-6, 2000 with Tampa Bay; 10-6, 2002; 12-4, 2003; 12-4, 2004; 14-2, 2005; 12-4, 2006; 13-3, 2007 with Colts), and he was the first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams. Under Dungy, Indianapolis has six consecutive 10 -victory seasons (2002-07), tying the third-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81; 6, Dallas, 1968-73; 6, Miami 1970-75; 6, LA Rams, 1973-78; 6, Dallas, 1991-96; 6, Colts, 2002-07). The Colts have produced a 109-46 regular-season record since 1999, a victory total that leads the NFL. The Colts are the only team to qualify for post-season play eight times in the last nine seasons. Indianapolis has won the AFC South five consecutive seasons and has owned or shared the division lead in 95 of 114 weeks of AFC South existence. The Colts were wire-to-wire divisional leaders from 2005-07. Under Dungy during the regular season, the Colts are 41-12 at home and 39-15 on the road. Dungy (1999-07) has earned nine consecutive playoff appearances (1999-01 at Tampa Bay; 2002-07 with Colts), tying Tom Landry (9, Dallas, 1975-83) for the most consecutive playoff appearances by NFL coaches since 1970. Indianapolis (14-2, 2005; 12-4, 2003, 2004 and 2006; 13-3, 2007) has become the only team to earn 12 victories in five consecutive seasons, snapping the league mark it had shared with Dallas (1992-95). The Colts own a 77-25 record (counting the playoffs) since the start of the 2003 season and are 63-20 since 2004. Dungy held a 54-42 record as head coach with Tampa Bay, qualifying for the playoffs four times in six seasons. Dungy produced some of the NFL's stingiest defenses during his years at Tampa Bay. His units ranked no lower than 11th during his stay and ranked 6th or higher in four of his last five years. His 2007 Colts unit ranked 3rd in the NFL and 1st in scoring defense. Dungy also served 1981-88 with Pittsburgh, including 1984-88 as defensive coordinator. After serving 1989-91 as DB Coach at Kansas City, Dungy was the defensive coordinator at Minnesota from 1992-95. During his years in Minnesota, the Vikings intercepted an NFL-high 95 passes and made three playoff appearances. The Chiefs made two playoff appearances during Dungy's tenure. At Pittsburgh in 1984, he became the NFL's youngest coordinator (age 28). In five seasons as Pittsburgh's coordinator, the Steelers averaged 24 interceptions and 37 takeaways, while scoring 20 touchdowns. Dungy entered the coaching ranks in 1980 at his alma mater, Minnesota, where he was a quarterback (1973-76). He made the Steelers as a free agent in 1977 and was a member of the Super Bowl XIII title team, then was traded to San Francisco in 1979. Dungy is a native of Jackson, Mich.
ROMEO CRENNEL became the eleventh full-time Cleveland head coach on February 8, 2005. He has directed the Browns to records of 6-10, 4-12 and 10-6. Crennel joined the Browns after serving 2001-04 as defensive coordinator with New England. Crennel helped the Patriots gain Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX titles. Crennel served 1981-92 with the New York Giants, 1993-96 with New England, 1997-99 with the New York Jets and 2000 with Cleveland. He has been on the winning side five times in six Super Bowl appearances. Crennel's collegiate stops include Western Kentucky 1970-74, Texas Tech 1975-77, Mississippi 1978-79 and Georgia Tech 1980. He played DL at Western Kentucky. Crennel is a native of Lynchburg, Va.
COLTS/BROWNS SERIES NOTES
The Colts and Browns will be meeting for the 29th time overall, the 25th time during regular season action. The Browns lead the overall series, 15-13, 13-11 in the regular season. These clubs last met on September 25, 2005 in Indianapolis, with the Colts winning, 13-6. RB-Edgerrin James (27-108, 1 TD rushing), DE-Dwight Freeney (3-14 sacks), QB-Peyton Manning (19-23-228) and WR-Marvin Harrison (6-53) led the Colts. The win gave the Colts a 3-0 mark on the way to opening the season 13-0. The clubs last met in Cleveland on September 7, 2003 in the regular-season opener. In that contest, K-Mike Vanderjagt booted field goals of 22, 46 and 45 yards, the final one coming with :01 remaining, as the Colts posted a 9-6 win. Vanderjagt's game-winning boot was his seventh for the club, while Manning (27-43-211, 2 ints.) directed a 65-yard drive from his eight-yard line with 2:39 left to position the Colts for the deciding score. James was 15-67 rushing, while Harrison was 9-44 receiving. The Indianapolis defense held Cleveland to field goals in the opening and closing quarters, with both scores coming after goal-line stands at the one- and three-yard lines. These teams met in Cleveland on December 15, 2002, as the Colts posted a 28-23 win. Indianapolis rallied with a 28-point second half and led only for the last 6:46 of the contest. The Colts spotted the Browns a 16-0 lead, then overcame a 23-14 fourth-quarter deficit to gain the win. Manning was 20-34-277, 2 TDs/ 1 int., teaming with Harrison (9-172, 2 TDs) on 25t and 3t scores, while RB-James Mungro was 14-75, 2 TDs rushing. Mungro tallied on 29t and 3t rushes, the final one giving the Colts a lead they would not lose. The Colts defense produced three sacks and held from its five-yard line on two game-deciding plays in the final minute. Harrison ended the contest with 127 receptions, the most seasonal receptions by a player in NFL history, while he also became the only NFL player with consecutive 1,500-yardage seasons. On December 26, 1999, the Colts posted a 29-28 win in Cleveland. The victory came when Vanderjagt's 21-yard FG split the uprights with :04 left. It was the Colts' only lead of the game. Behind QB-Ty Detmer (16-25-173), the Browns produced 141 rushing yards and leads of 7-0, 14-7, 21-13 and 28-19 before Manning (27-43-276) directed his 6th seasonal 4th-quarter comeback in the final 10 minutes. James (28-103, 3 TDs; 1t, 1t, 2t) helped stage the late heroics. Harrison was 14-138 to set the club mark for single-game receptions. These teams met four other times during the 1990's, with each team winning twice. The Colts took a spirited 9-7 decision at Cleveland on December 6, 1987, then traveled back to Cleveland Stadium on January 9, 1988 to meet the Browns in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The Browns earned a 38-21 triumph. The Browns appeared in Indianapolis on September 25, 1994, with Cleveland taking a 21-14 decision in its last series win. The series stands 8-7 in favor of the Colts for games played in Cleveland. The series originated in 1956. The first post-season contest between the Colts and Browns came in the 1964 NFL Championship. Cleveland took a 27-0 decision. Other than the 1988 AFC Divisional Playoffs, these teams met in the 1968 NFL Championship Game (Colts won, 34-0) and the 1971 AFC Divisional Playoffs (Colts won, 20-3).
BEST NFL RECORDS DURING 1999-2008 REGULAR SEASONS
COLTS ARE NFL'S WINNINGEST TEAM FROM 1999-2008: The Colts stand as the NFL's winningest team since the start of the 1999 season. The Colts own a 109-46 record during that span. Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy was 30-18 with Tampa Bay from 1999-2001. He is 80-27 with the Colts, and his 110 wins during that span are the most in the NFL.