Colts back has that left-out feeling

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

It was like taking Peyton Manning across town to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and giving him the green light.

"I heard coach (Tony Dungy) say we may throw it 50 times," Manning said after leading his Indianapolis Colts to a 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers yesterday. "I looked at him and said: 'Is that right?'"

It sure was. In fact, Manning aired it out on his first 22 offensive plays in an attempt to take advantage of a suspect and banged-up Packers secondary.

When the Green Bay defenders stacked the line of scrimmage to stop the run, Manning went nuts.

"That was the plan, to come out and throw until they softened up," Manning said. "Finally they did, in the second half ,which allowed us to have a bit of a running game."

A BIT PLAYER

Emphasis on a little bit. Edgerrin James had 21 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown, but was clearly a bit player.

"I never played in a game like that, but you know there is a first time for everything," James said. "Idon't want to get used to that."

Meanwhile, Oakville native Mike Vanderjagt had a busy enough afternoon. The NFL's most accurate field goal kicker had two touchdown saving tackles on kickoff returns and set a team record with his lone field goal.

A 45-yarder in the fourth quarter was the 177th of his NFL career, surpassing the Colts record held by Dean Biasucci.

"It's really an accomplishment. I love records," said the former Argo, who admitted the tackles were kind of fun. "I kind of try to take pride in the fact that I'm a bit of an athlete, not just a kicker."


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