Desperate for a bright spot

Chicago - While there isn't much to build off of in a 41-10 defeat at the hands of the Colts, Marc Colombo took another step toward completing his comeback story.

In his first appearance in nearly two years, Colombo came up with a field goal block that sent the Titans game into overtime.

However, playing left tackle against Indianapolis proved to be a bigger challenge.

In a meaningless fourth quarter to everyone except Colombo, he had a chance to shake some of the rust off at left tackle.

"The speed is obviously a lot better, but we go pretty hard in practice," the six-foot-eight, 325-pound Colombo said. "It was just good to get some live reps."

Things didn't go exactly as Colombo would have liked. He was flagged for a holding call that negated a Craig Krenzel touchdown pass to David Terrell.

Progress is going to take time considering Colombo's practice reps are limited because he's behind starter Qasim Mitchell.

"I need to get up to speed and I've got a lot of catching up to do and be able to go out there and get some reps today is pretty important to me catching my body –mentally and physically- all the way to where I want to be," Colombo said.

By the end of the season, there is a chance that Colombo will permanently replace Mitchell at left tackle.

"I feel like I can compete whenever, that's not the problem," Colombo said. "The problem is just getting reps, so that was big for me to get a quarter of reps in."

Peyton Manning's 27-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne in the second quarter was his second of the game and put him 200 for his career. It took Manning 106 games to reach the milestone, which is the second fastest in NFL history. Dan Marino achieved the feat in 89 games and it took Brett Favre 107.

Manning also tied Marino's record of at least four touchdown passes in four consecutive games set in 1984. The last quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Bears was Drew Bledsoe in 1992.

With 204 yards rushing, Edgerrin James had the third most productive day of any running back against the Bears. Ricky Williams posted 216 yards on Dec. 9, 2002. The only other 200-yard performance against Chicago was 206 yards by Earl Campbell on Nov. 16, 1980.

The Colts established the running game early. James touched the ball on four of the team's first five plays from the line of scrimmage.

"It seemed like all week the Bears were talking about pass rush and trying to stop the passing game," Manning said. "Certainly, everyone on the Colts team knows the importance of Edgerrin and knows exactly what ‘number thirty-two' is capable of doing."

James ripped off runs of 40, 35 and 22 yards during the game. He often used a spin move to get away from would be tacklers. His performance ranks as the second highest in Colts history behind his own team record of 219 yards set in 2000.

Thomas Jones was limited to 54 yards on 18 carries in his return to the starting lineup. A toe injury forced him to leave after just one carry against San Francisco and be inactive for the previous two games.

According to Jones the problem didn't account for his 3.3 yards average per carry.

"Once you get into the flow of the game, you just block it out and honestly I wasn't even thinking about it," Jones said.

The Bears front four went up against a banged up Colts offensive line. Starting guards Tupe Peko and Rick DeMulling had to sit because of injury, which left rookies Ryan Lilja and Jake Scott in their place.

Manning had been sacked the second fewest amount of times of any quarterback. The Bears were unable to add to the total of six sacks after producing 13 QB takedowns over the past three games.

Bears placekicker Paul Edinger converted a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter against the Colts. It marks the second time Edinger has been successful on an attempt of 50 yards or more this season and the 12th time in his career to rank second in team history to Kevin Butler's 16.

Nathan Vasher's third quarter interception of Peyton Manning increased his team lead in the category. He now has four picks on the year, which leads all NFL rookies and is also tied for the NFC lead. With his 30-yard return, Vasher ranks third in the NFL with 139 interception return yards. He's tied with Mike Green for the team turnover lead with five; that includes a fumble recovery.

Joe Odom moved back in the starting lineup after being demoted in Week 6. Hunter Hillenmeyer slide over to middle linebacker in place of the injured Brian Urlacher, which left an opening for Odom at the strong-side.

Rex Grossman and Charles Tillman played catch before the game. Grossman was able to throw the ball 45 yards to Tillman despite not being able to walk without a limp.

INACTIVES QB Chad Hutchinson, S Bobby Gray, CB Charles Tillman, LB Marcus Reese, LB Brian Urlacher, T Aaron Gibson, TE John Owens and DE Shurron Pierson.

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