4:05 PM ET, December 1, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts aren't just winning shootouts anymore. Their defense is winning games, too.
The offensive line. The Texans were hit hard by injuries on their O-line (especially OT Tony Boselli). Rookie QB David Carr has been sacked at record rates this season. If they had a better line, they would have won more games.
Question on the Colts: What do you think of them heading down the stretch?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Carr has been sacked 64 times, eight short of the NFL's single-season record set in 1986 by Randall Cunningham with Philadelphia. ... Manning topped the 3,000-yard mark for the fifth straight year. He is the first NFL quarterback to open his career with five straight 3,000-yard seasons. ... Since moving to Indianapolis, this is the second time the Colts have gone 8-4 or better. They were 10-2 in 1999. ... Although the game was blacked out in Indianapolis, it was a sellout by kickoff, extending the Colts streak to 30. ... Houston was 2-for-15 on third-down conversions.