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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Wrap-up: Buccaneers 24, Colts 17

By Paul Kuharsky

Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium:

What it means: The Colts are 0-4 for the first time since 1998, and while things have gotten a bit better they are still flailing. They rank with the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings as the NFL’s remaining winless teams.

What I didn’t like: A gruesome leg injury suffered by defensive tackle Eric Foster that left teammates ashen-faced and fearful. Clearly in great pain, he pounded his chest and the roof of the cart as he was taken from the field with his leg in a blow-up brace. The Colts also lost starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo and his backup, fellow rookie Ben Ijalana, to injuries. That meant Mike Tepper, signed off the practice squad earlier in the day, was with the starting offense at the conclusion of the game.

What I liked: The inconsistent Pierre Garcon made two giant plays for Curtis Painter, for 87- and 59-yard touchdowns. While he lost a fumble and absorbed four sacks, Painter's 13-for-30, 281-yard effort with the two scores and no picks was a good enough effort to win.

Not assertive enough: With 8:27 left in the third quarter of a 10-10 game, Painter threw an incomplete pass on third down with less than a yard to go near midfield. Then the Colts punted. The Colts have to run there, and if they don't then they have to run on fourth down. For years we’ve talked about how they need to be able to run for a yard. Even with a dinged up offensive line, Delone Carter can’t get a yard?

Ugly numbers: The Colts allowed 466 net yards, left their defense on the field for 39 minutes and let Tampa Bay get away with 14 penalties worth 106 yards.

Still wondering: After watching Terrence Johnson, Jacob Lacey and Chris Rucker work as cornerbacks, I was still left wondering why the Colts decided to release Justin Tryon last week.

What’s next: The Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs, who just got their first win Sunday. The Chiefs could provide Indianapolis’ best chance to win yet.