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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Colts Painter & Buccaneers Blount, All The Difference

Tim Heitman/US Presswire

Last nights game between the Colts and Bucs
wasn't nearly the blowout people expected,
and Reggie Wayne may have had a point when
he called for Curtis Painter to start over
Kerry Collins all along. Wayne argued that
Painter had a much better knowledge of the
system and wasn't doubting whether or not
Collins was more talented but that there
was no way Collins could pick up the Colts
system in just three short weeks. Painter
had a reasonable night with 2 TD's and no
picks while amassing 283 yards. His 13
for 30 at 43% left much to be desired, but
let's face it, he didn't lose this game, the
Colts defense did, or perhaps it was just a
huge dose of Josh Freeman and LeGarrette
Blount that won it. Either way, Curtis
Painter starting another game is not the end
of the world for the Colts, and they look
better now than they did in weeks one and
two. Even though Painter had a slight edge
in QB rating, Freeman did a great job for
the Bucs and he is clearly their future, as
is Blount who racked up 127 yards on 5.1
yards per carry and closed the game out for
Tampa Bay by chewing up yardage by the bushel
down the stretch. Look for Indy and Painter
to win their first game vs KC this week, but
don't count on Tampa to have an easy time
with the 49er's as San Fran comes to town on
a huge high after an impressive and gutsy
victory over the "Dream Team" Eagles on the
road in Philly last Sunday. Perhaps back to
back west coast to east coast flights for the
49er's will give the Bucs just enough of an
edge to eeck out a victory on this short week.

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