Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Colts' remedy: on-target Manning

Peyton Manning extends his record, throwing 25 touchdown passes in 13 straight seasons, and ties a Dan Marino mark.

Getty Images

Peyton Manning extends his record, throwing 25 touchdown passes in 13 straight seasons, and ties a Dan Marino mark.

NASHVILLE — So much for the worst slump of Peyton Manning's career.

Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Colts ended their three-game skid by beating the Titans 30-28 on Thursday to stay a half-game back in the AFC South.

"Hopefully we can sort of build off this win," Manning said.

The four-time NFL MVP put his atypical struggles behind him with a crisp performance against a defense that hasn't intercepted a pass in 14 straight quarters. He completed 25 of 35 passes in his 63rd 300-yard game, tying Dan Marino for tops on the career list.

Manning hit Pierre Garcon on scoring passes of 1 and 19 yards in the second quarter, becoming the first quarterback to pass for 25 touchdowns in 13 straight seasons, extending his own record.

Manning had tossed 11 interceptions in the previous three games, including four that were returned for touchdowns.

Manning nearly had a third touchdown pass Thursday, but rookie receiver Blair White broke up a pass intended for Reggie Wayne in the end zone.

The Colts (7-6) haven't lost four straight since 2001 when their five-game slide prompted Jim Mora's rant about the playoffs. Now the Colts can defend its AFC South title if it wins out.

"I think we're in a four-game playoffs, and this was a playoff game tonight," Manning said.

Tennessee (5-8) has lost six straight to drop 2½ games behind Jacksonville (7-5).

Longer season key point in labor talks

NEW YORK — The head of the NFL's negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor agreement with the players union if the accord includes an 18-game regular season.

"It's something that both sides recognize the value of, and so both sides will work hard to incorporate it into the new agreement," NFL executive vice president of labor Jeff Pash said.

Pash said the owners want a deal in place "well before" the summer. The current collective bargaining agreement expires in March, and the union's executive director, DeMaurice Smith, has said he believes owners are preparing for a lockout.

Pash said the sides have "exchanged detailed proposals" and had "detailed discussions" on the longer season.

Favre sagas: A spokesman for Jenn Sterger, the Gaither High grad and the former Jets hostess who allegedly received inappropriate photos and phone messages from Brett Favre, says she won't sue the Vikings quarterback if he's punished by the NFL before his career ends. Phil Reese said Sterger would like the league to "implement a program" to prevent unwanted advances. The NFL is not commenting on the status of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Vikings went from "optimistic" to "hopeful" that Favre will make his 298th consecutive regular-season start Sunday against the Giants, though he did not practice. Favre, 41, has a sprained joint in his throwing shoulder and will likely be a game-time decision.

Blackouts: The Chargers say enough tickets have been sold for Sunday against the Chiefs to lift a television blackout. … The AFC South-leading Jaguars were granted a 24-hour extension to sell about 1,700 tickets avoid a blackout of the Raiders game. … The Bills will be blacked out for the third time this year, this one a game vs. the Browns.

Cardinals: Coach Ken Whisenhunt still isn't choosing a starting quarterback for Sunday against Denver, but speculation is centering on rookie John Skelton. Derek Anderson still has not been cleared to practice after a suffering a concussion.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan told defensive coordinator Mike Pettine he wants to see more of Jason Taylor, who leads the team with four sacks. Taylor had one tackle in only 15 snaps in a 45-3 loss to the Patriots. "I'm not happy with how we used him last week," Ryan said. "… I think I was more disappointed in the plan of attack that we had."

Steelers: Linebacker James Harrison said he believes Ravens guard Chris Chester deliberately dove at him while being called for a false-start penalty during an extra-point attempt. "It was uncalled for and cheap," Harrison said. Chester said there was no malicious intent on his part. "It was simply a mix-up in the huddle call on what we were trying to do."

Colts' remedy: on-target Manning 12/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  2. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out in Class 3A semifinals


    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  3. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead


    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  4. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight


    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins:

  5. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip


    UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it was a combination of wanting to keep Dickerson, who is a team-best . 358 against lefties, in the lineup and Santiago's splits. ... Cash said there was nothing new on the injured players back at the Trop, with Brad Boxberger still slated to throw live BP on Monday in Port Charlotte, …