It seems like these days that as certain as there is a sunrise and a sunset, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will usually provide a good effort – week in, week out. During Sunday’s game agaisnt the St. Louis Rams, it would prove to be no different as Manning threw 3 touchdown passes, allowing Indianapolis to remain undefeated in routing St. Louis 42-6 at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Colts, as they typically do, got an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter as Manning conected with wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a 6-yard TD pass with 8:50 left in the opening period; the Rams would get on the scoreboard nesrly 3 and one-half minutes later as kicker Josh Brown converted on a 30-yard field goal. Indianapolis would score at the 3:31 mark of the quarter on a 27-yard Manning-to-tight end Dallas Clark TD pass, increasing their lead to 14-3 going into the second quarter.
The second period was much quieter, although the Colts would score yet again on a 6-yard TD run by running back Joseph Addai, further extending their lead to 21-3 which they would take to their locker room at halftime.
The Panthers would begin the scoring at the beginning of the third quarter as Brown booted a 45-yard FG with 5:07 left in the quarter, reducing their deficit to 15, but then the route was on for Indianapolis. The Colts’ defesne would get involved in the scoring as cornerback Jacob Lacey would take an interception by Rams QB Marc Bulger 35 yards for a score, padding the Colts advantage to 28-6.
The fourth quarter was all Colts as they would score twice in the period – once on a TD pass from Manning to Austin Collie and a 31-yard TD run by reserve RB Chad Simpson.
Manning, predictably, had another good game as he went 23-of-34 for 235 yards and 3 TD’s while Bulger went 14-of-26 for 140 yards and 2 INT’s. Both teams did well in the rushing department; the Colts, led by Joseph Addai’s 64 yards and a score along with Donald Brown’s 58 yards on only 2 rushes, rushed for 156 yards while the Rams were led by Steven Jackson who ran for 134 yards on 23 carries.
Wayne led all Colts receivers with 7 receptions for 83 yards and a score while Clark caught 3 for 44 and a TD. WR Donnie Avery led the Rams receivers with 2 receptions for 58 yards. Indianapolis (6-0) look to extend their winning streak into next week as they welcome the San Francisco 49ers to Lucas Oil Stadium while St. Louis (0-7) look for their first win of the season when they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions – also next Sunday.