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COLTS PASS OFFENSE VS. RAVENS PASS DEFENSE:
The Colts are on their third starting quarterback in place of Peyton Manning (neck surgery). Well-traveled veteran quarterback Kerry Collins started the first three games, and then Curtis Painter took the snaps in the next eight before he was finally pulled in favor of Dan Orlovsky (above). The former Detroit Lion played well against the New England Patriots last Sunday, going 30-of-37 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon set a career-high with 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the game and he — and not long-time standout Reggie Wayne — leads the Colts with 55 catches for 805 yards and six touchdowns. Wayne has just 52 catches and two touchdowns and is on pace to have his worst season since his rookie year. Veteran center Jeff Saturday anchors the Colts offensive line, which will have to contend with a Ravens’ defense that is first in the league with 41 sacks. The Ravens pass defense is allowing 198.6 yards per game, the fifth lowest total in the NFL. Cornerback Lardarius Webb, who is having a breakout season, leads the Ravens with four interceptions but six different players have at least one interception.
December 4, 2011