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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts: Lineups, analysis

Probable starters

Bucs offense

WR: Mike Williams 19

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Jeremy Zuttah 76

C: Jeff Faine 52

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Jeremy Trueblood 65

TE: Kellen Winslow 82

WR: Arrelious Benn 17

QB: Josh Freeman 5

RB: LeGarrette Blount 27

FB: Earnest Graham 34

Bucs defense

LDE: Michael Bennett 71

DT: Gerald McCoy 93

DT: Brian Price 92

RDE: Adrian Clayborn 94

SLB: Dekoda Watson 56

MLB: Mason Foster 59

WLB: Geno Hayes 54

LCB: Aqib Talib 25

RCB: Ronde Barber 20

SS: Sean Jones 26

FS: Cody Grimm 35

special teams

P: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Connor Barth 10

KO: Michael Koenen 9

PR/KR: Preston Parker 87

Colts Offense

WR: Pierre Garcon 85

LT: Anthony Castonzo 74

LG: Joe Reitz 76

C: Jeff Saturday 63

RG: Ryan Diem 71

RT: Jeffrey Linkenbach 72

TE: Dallas Clark 44

TE: Bobby Eldridge 81

WR: Reggie Wayne 87

QB: Matt Painter 7

RB: Joseph Addai 29

Colts Defense

LDE: Robert Mathis 98

DT: Antonio Johnson 99

DT: Filil Moala 95

RDE: Dwight Freeney 93

SLB: Pat Angerer 51

MLB: Nate Triplett 54

WLB: Kavell Conner 53

LCB: Jacob Lacey 23

RCB: Jerraud Powers 25

SS: Melvin Bullitt 33

FS: Antoine Bethea 41

special teams

P: Pat McAfee 1

PK/KO: Adam Vinatieri 4

PR: Blair White 15

KR: Joe Lefeged 35

Injury report

BUCS Out: T James Lee (knee), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot). Questionable: LB Quincy Black (ankle). Probable: QB Josh Johnson (ankle), TE Zack Pianalto (calf), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

Colts Out: QB Peyton Manning (neck). Questionable: S Antoine Bethea (heel), QB Kerry Collins (head), G Ryan Diem (ankle), TE Brody Eldridge (knee), DE Dwight Freeney (ankle), DT Fili Moala (ankle), G Joe Reitz (ankle), LB Ernie Sims (knee).

Stat pack *

8:30 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | TV/radio: Ch. 28, ESPN; 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Bucs by 10; 401/2

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92 (20th)

90 (21st)

The Colts haven't lost five games in a row since Nov. 11-Dec. 10, 2001, and it's easy to see why. Without franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts aren't built to succeed. They are a team constructed to work with Manning at the controls. With Curtis Painter making his first start, there's going to be yet another transition process tonight.

Colts' best offensive player

Right now, that appears to be Joseph Addai, right. He's gaining 4.8 yards per carry, and each yard he musters takes that much more heat off whoever is playing quarterback. That's something that can only benefit the Colts given the circumstances.

Colts' best defensive player

End Dwight Freeney, left, has been as much of a constant on the defensive side as Peyton Manning has been on the offensive. Coming off a two-sack performance against the Steelers, the 10-year vet shows no sign of slowing down. The matchup of Freeney against left tackle Donald Penn will be one of the game's primary subplots.

Prediction Bucs 24, Colts 14

The Bucs must avoid …

Falling behind early. That would play right into the Colts' hands, allowing them to pound the ball on the ground and play its Cover 2-style defense to prevent big plays. This also would adversely affect the Bucs' run-pass ratio, which is not conducive to winning.

Stephen Holder, Times staff writer

What the Colts do best

Play physical on defense. They harassed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throughout last week's game. Josh Freeman has a similar game and is susceptible to the same kind of pressure. Both players like to keep plays alive as long as possible, meaning they will at some point have to elude defenders.

You can beat the Colts if …

You load up against the run — like in last week's Bucs win over the Falcons — and put the game in the hands of the quarterback. If Joseph Addai can't get untracked, the Colts will have to go to the air more than they'd like. That, in turn, creates opportunities for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber.

223 (21st)

164 (27th)

315 (24th)

254 (29th)

114 (23rd)

113.3 (22nd)

271 (23rd)

252 (18th)

384.7 (24th)

365 (19th)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts: Lineups, analysis 10/02/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 2, 2011 8:37pm]
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