Colts maul Oakland

The Oakland Raiders had a dose of triple jeopardy in a 35-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome Sunday.

For starters, the Oakland Raiders extended their road losing streak to 12 games. Secondly, wide receiver Jerry Rice was held without a catch for the second time this season. Rice had his consecutive games streak of 274 games with at least one catch snapped in a Week 2 win over Buffalo. Thirdly, the Raiders retooled defense had no answer for the Colts.

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes while running back Edgerrin James carried 32 times for 136 yards and a touchdown. For the second straight week the Raiders, who host Denver next Sunday, were turnover prone. Oakland quarterback Kerry Collins threw three interceptions for the second week in a row. The much-maligned Colts defense, which ranked dead last in the NFL, permitted the Raiders to gain just 269 yards of total offense.

Indianapolis scored on its first possession of the game when Manning hit running back James Mungo in the right flat for a 1-yard touchdown. Mungo made a tumbling catch and rolled into the end zone. The key play on the drive was a 25-yard completion from Manning to Brandon Stokley on third-and-nine from the Oakland 42. Indianapolis led 7-0 with 8:57 left in the opening quarter.

The Colts pushed their advantage to 14-0 at the 13:24 mark of the second period when Manning hit a wide-open Reggie Wayne for a 35-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. That score was set up when Oakland's Akbar Gbaja-Biamila was flagged for a neutral zone violation on fourth-and-one from the Raider 40.

The Raiders got on the scoreboard with 8:56 left in the first half when Justin Fargas scored his first NFL touchdown. The second-year running back vaulted behind right guard Brad Badger on third-and-goal from the 1, making it 14-7 Colts.

Indianapolis, however, responded with a Manning-to-Dallas Clark 4-yard touchdown to put the colts in front 21-7 at halftime.

The Colts widened their margin to 28-7 with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter on an Edgerrin James 1-yard run. There were two Raider defensive penalties that kept the drive afloat.

The Raiders cut the lead in half at 28-14 with 6:14 remaining in the contest when Kerry Collins connected with rookie tight end Courtney Anderson for a 21-yard touchdown connection.

Indianapolis ended any distant hopes the Raiders had at rallying when Jason David returned Collins interception 34-yards for a touchdown with 1:48 left in the game.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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