For some Colts’ fans, it is a sigh of relief to finally be able to say, “We were wrong about Curtis Painter”. On a team that is now 0-5, Curtis Painter has been one of the few bright spots. The young quarterback from Purdue has finally been able to show Colts’ fans why he’s stayed on the roster for all of his first three seasons. After several disastrous preseason appearances through the years, Painter is now demonstrating the poise and decision-making required for the position. He has a passer rating of 100.0 and can boast of throwing 4 TD’s. The rapport he’s formed with receiver Pierre Garcon has been especially impressive, as the two have connected for all of Painter’s touchdowns in the past two weeks.
His exceptional play has led head coach Jim Caldwell to name him “the starter going forward”, meaning the short-lived Kerry Collins Era is officially over in Indy, barring injury. It’s unclear whether it’s receiving more reps in practice or just increased confidence, but the Colts’ offense under Painter is finally exhibiting some of the timing and flow that Colts’ fans were used to seeing under Peyton Manning.
Painter will face a tough challenge this week, as he goes against one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL. The Bengals rank 1st in fewest offensive yards allowed (279.6 yds) and are tied for 6th in giving up the fewest points (18.8 Pts/G). With starting running back Joseph Addai likely out with a hamstring injury, it is imperative that rookie running back Delone Carter and the offensive line get the ground game going. This will allow Painter and the offense to be two-dimensional, drastically improving their chances of finally getting a win on Sunday.