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Game Preview: Week 4 Bucs vs. Colts

by Roland Johnson on October 2, 2011

Indianapolis leads the all-time series, 7-4, and the series is tied 3-3 over the past six meetings. That stretch has included Buccaneer wins in 1991 and 1994 in Tampa, and a 31-28 victory in 1997 in Indianapolis. Tampa Bay and Indianapolis face each other for the first time since 2007, when the Colts defeated the Buccaneers after racing out to a 30-7 lead. The Colts, located in Baltimore at the time, won the first-ever meeting between the franchises, 42-17, in Baltimore, in 1976. Tampa Bay won the next meeting in 1979, knocking off the Colts in Baltimore, 29-26, in overtime. The Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984, and have won six of the nine meetings since that time. Tampa Bay is 2-3 at home and 2-4 away all-time against the Colts.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Monday, October 3, 2011
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,908)
2011 Records: Tampa Bay 2-1, Indianapolis 0-3
Network Television: ESPN
Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico, Analysts: Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Sideline: Wendi Nix
National Radio: Westwood One
Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan, Analyst: Dan Fouts, Sideline: Tony Boselli
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Analyst: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay won vs. Atlanta, 16-13; Indianapolis lost vs. Pittsburgh, 23-20

Series By The Numbers
Overall Regular Season Series:………………Indianapolis leads series, 4-7
Home Record vs. Indianapolis Colts:……………………………………….2-3
Road Record vs. Indianapolis Colts:………………………………………..2-4
Current Streak:………………………………………… Colts, two games (2007)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:…………………………..Two games (1994-97)
Colts Longest Streak:……………………………….Three games (1985-1988)
Regular Season Point Total:…………………….Buccaneers 241 – Colts 294
Most Points, Buccaneers:…………………………….. 35, Colts 38-35 (2003)
Most Points, Colts:……………………………………… 42, Colts 42-17 (1976)
Most Points, both teams:…………………………….. 73, Colts 38-35 (2003)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:…………………………….. 6, Colts 24-6 (1987)
Fewest Points, Colts:……………………………… 3, Buccaneers 17-3 (1991)
Fewest Points, both teams:…………………… 20, Buccaneers 17-3 (1991)

INJURY REPORT
Indianapolis Colts
QB Peyton Manning (neck) Out
S Antoine Bethea (heel) Questionable
QB Kerry Collins (head) Questionable
G Ryan Diem (ankle) Questionable
DT Fili Moala (ankle) Questionable
G Joe Reitz (ankle) Questionable
LB Ernie Sims (knee) Questionable
TE Brody Eldridge (knee) Questionable
DE Dwight Freeney (ankle) Questionable

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Sammie Stroughter (foot) Out
T James Lee (knee) Qut
LB Quincy Black (ankle) Questionable
TE Zack Pianalto (calf) Probable
QB Josh Johnson (ankle) Probable
TE Kellen Winslow (knee) Probable

ENEMY COACHES
Colts Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
Colts Offensive Coordinator: Clyde Christensen
Colts Defensive Coordinator: Larry Coyer
Colts Special Teams Coach: Ray Rychleski

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OFFENSE
Overall: 29th (254.0 ypg)
Rushing: 21st (90.0 ypg)
Passing: 27th (164.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 11th (6)
Points Scored: 28th (15.3 ppg)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS DEFENSE
Overall: 19th (365.0 ypg)
Rushing: 22nd (113.3 ypg)
Passing: 18th (251.7 ypg)
Sacks: 23rd (5)
Points Allowed: 29th (28.0 ppg)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 22nd (315.0 ypg)
Rushing: 20th (92.0 ypg)
Passing: 21st (223.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 5th (4)
Points Scored: 17th (20.0 ppg)<
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 24th (384.7 ypg)
Rushing: 23rd (114.0 ypg)
Passing: 23rd (270.7 ypg)
Sacks: 20th (6)
Points Allowed: 9th (20.0 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

COLTS 17
BUCCANEERS 33

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