Colts' Manning-Harrison too much for Titans, 31-10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's time to quit doubting the
Indianapolis offense. The Colts showed they can be methodical and
score lots of points at the same time.

Peyton Manning threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns,
including two to Marvin Harrison that tied the NFL record for most
TDs between a quarterback and receiver, and the Colts beat
Tennessee 31-10 Sunday.

Harrison caught nine passes for 109 yards, and Edgerrin James
also ran for 90 yards in helping the Colts improve to 4-0 with
their highest point total this season.

"I guess we won't have to answer the question what is wrong
with the offense now," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

The Titans (1-3) are the NFL's youngest team, and their
inexperience showed. Drives ended repeatedly with dropped passes,
including one that turned into an interception, costly penalties
and two timeouts wasted in a march that finished with a missed
field goal.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said he was disappointed by the lack
of execution. Center Justin Hartwig was much more succinct.

"Today they just blew us out of the water. When we didn't come
out in the second half and put points on the board right away, it
was pretty much over," Hartwig said.

Manning and the Colts were numbingly efficient and had fans
streaming to the exits midway through the third quarter. They
rolled up 364 yards with four drives that stretched 69 yards or

"It's tough," Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon said. "You can't
stop it. Peyton Manning knows what he's doing with the ball every
time, and you've got to give him credit."

Manning tied Ron Jaworski with his 116th consecutive start,
which ranks second among quarterbacks behind Green Bay's Brett
Favre. He came into Sunday with a two-game drought without a TD
pass that was his longest since his rookie season.

It didn't last long.

Manning was a perfect 4-of-4 for 64 yards on the opening
possession and capped the drive with a 25-yard toss to Reggie
Wayne, who was wide open with Titans safety Tank Williams late
sliding over to cover.

"Last week people were kind of making a big deal," Manning
said of scoring 47 points in the first three games. "I overthrew
it a couple times. The real mind-set is to finish drives into the
end zone, and we did that today. And that really was the

The Titans chose to spend most of the game in their basic
defense instead of filling up the secondary to guard against the
pass. They did stop James three times inside the Tennessee 7,
forcing the Colts to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Mike
Vanderjagt in the second quarter.

That was the only big stop from a defense that watched the Colts
convert seven of 10 third downs.

Manning finally connected with Harrison on an 11-yard TD pass
for a 17-3 lead just before halftime for Harrison's 100th career TD
catch. They tied Steve Young and Jerry Rice for most touchdowns
between a quarterback and receiver with 85 career TDs on a 24-yard
pass with 13:09 left in the game and a 31-3 lead.

Harrison said it's still early in their careers.

"You just never know when it's going to end or what it's going
to be when it's done," Harrison said.

Manning also tossed an 8-yarder to James, and he finished

Steve McNair did his best to carry the Titans as he scrambled
four times for 40 yards, but he was the Titans' leading rusher. He
was 28-of-37 for 220 yards, and his only touchdown pass came on a
6-yarder to rookie Bo Scaife with 4:31 left in the game.

That ended the Colts' chance to become only the second team
since World War II to hold opponents to single digits in each of
their first four games.

Tennessee looked like it might have a chance to rally at the end
of the first half. Trailing 17-3, McNair found Drew Bennett on a
28-yard toss to the Colts 2, but the ball bounced out and appeared
to be an interception by Bob Sanders.

Officials originally ruled the ball down for Tennessee, but
Indianapolis took a timeout, then the replay official buzzed for
the review. Referee Walt Anderson overturned the ruling and gave
the ball to the Colts.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher found Anderson and talked to him as
they walked off the field after halftime. Fisher called that a huge
momentum swing even though he said the call was correct.

Game notes
The Colts improved to 19-7 on the road under Dungy. ...
Manning's incompletion on third-and-4 in the first quarter snapped
a streak of completions at 17, which tied the franchise mark set by
Bert Jones in 1974. ... Harrison notched his 48th 100-yard
receiving game. ... The Colts lead this series 12-10.

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