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Manning throws 3 TD passes in second quarter

10/27/2003

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Texans have to keep fighting, coach Dom
Capers said Sunday after the Texans showed promise early before
losing quarterback David Carr to an ankle injury in the first half
and faltering in a 30-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The loss was the third straight for the Texans, now 2-5.

Question on the Texans: So, is Davis what they've been lacking in the backfield?
Yes. Davis is definitely what they've been missing. He gives this team another dimension that'll help the quarterback and the defense.

Question on the Colts: What was your impression of James today?
He looks like he's still trying to find himself. There were times when looked like the old Edge and there were times when he definitely didn't. There isn't the same type of consistency that we've come to expect from James.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"We've got nine games to go and the most important thing for
our ball club is not where we are right now, but handling where we
are right now and where we're headed," Capers said. "We have a
bunch of fighters out there. I don't think there was anything wrong
with our effort today, but our execution wasn't what it needed to
be out there at times."

Carr sprained his right ankle when he was sacked by Raheem Brock
on the Texans' second series. He finished the series and left for
two more before returning to lead Houston on a 79-yard touchdown
drive. He reinjured the ankle and left for good late in the first
half.

The drive put the Texans ahead 14-3 in the second quarter when
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning got geared up and went on to throw
for three unanswered touchdowns, capped by a field goal that put
the Colts ahead 27-14 at the start of the fourth quarter.

"We just need to learn how to finish games," Texans defensive
end Jerry DeLoach said. "We get a lead on teams and allow them to
come back in through the back door."

Veteran Tony Banks replaced Carr and went 12-of-17 for 88 yards.
But it didn't come close to Manning's performance. He completed 22
of 30 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, numbers that could
have been even higher had he not thrown away two balls and had at
least three more go off the hands of receivers. The result was a
133.9 rating.

"We have the lead right now and we want to keep it," Manning
said, referring to the AFC South. The Colts are 6-1. "It was a
tough ball game. They did some things to us, made some plays on
special teams."

Colts' offensive tackle Adam Meadows said the score was a little
bit deceiving.

"It seemed a little more sluggish than the score indicated,"
he said of the Colts' performance. "We struggled a little bit in
the first half. But we came out, were able to put 30 points on the
board and the defense played well enough to keep them off the board
in the second half. So it was just a team effort."

The bulk of the Texans' work went to Domanick Davis, who
followed his franchise-record day against the New York Jets by
running 25 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a
team-high seven passes for 27 yards.

Davis is the first rookie runner since Denver's Mike Anderson in
2000 to produce 100-yard games in his first two NFL starts.

But Davis wasn't celebrating Sunday.

"I got in the end zone twice today, but I still feel I had a
bad game because of the fumble," he said.

The fumble by Davis at the Houston 23 gave Manning his chance to
work his magic before the half ended.

In just four plays and 42 seconds, Manning found Reggie Wayne
for a 2-yard TD pass right before halftime and put the Colts ahead
17-14. Manning never gave Houston a chance to recover.

Carr's injury has been called a high ankle sprain by a team
spokesman. He is scheduled for an MRI Monday. He left the game
8-of-9 for 62 yards with a 1-yard TD pass to Billy Miller.

"It felt like it got rolled on," Carr said. "I've never been
in a position where I couldn't play."

Banks, however, didn't shy away from the opportunity.

"I'm always hoping I'll get in there," he said. "If I have to
go out there and help this team win next week, I'm prepared to do
that."