Painter’s First Start
Curtis Painter is making his first career start, which rarely occurs in a Monday Night Football game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last four to do so were Aaron Rodgers (2008 vs Vikings), Philip Rivers (2006 vs Raiders), Scott Covington (2002 vs 49ers) and Shaun King (1999 vs Vikings). The good news for Painter? All four of those quarterbacks won their debuts.
PainterPainter steps in for Kerry Collins, who is the first Week 1 starter to miss a game due to injury this season.
As the Colts seek their first win, Painter has huge shoes to fill, particularly when it comes to Monday night. Peyton Manning is 11-3 in his career on Monday, including wins in nine of his past 10 starts.
This will be the Colts' first Monday Night Football game without Manning under center since Oct. 20, 1996 against the Bills at the RCA Dome. Jim Harbaugh started and Paul Justin relieved him in a 9-6 Buffalo win.
Colts Look to Avoid 0-4
The Colts are looking to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1998, the year that Peyton Manning arrived on the scene.
Colts 0-4 Starts
Since Moving to Indianapolis in 1984
Since moving to Indianapolis in 1984, the Colts have started 0-4 on four occasions. In all four of those seasons, they finished 3-13 or worse. Even with a loss on Monday, the Colts would still have a long way to go for the worst start since moving. That would be an 0-13 start back in 1986.
Any hope of a postseason would all but be erased with a loss. Since 1990, only three teams have started 0-3 and reached the postseason. Of those, only the 1992 Chargers started 0-4.
This is the Colts' first visit to Tampa Bay since Oct. 6, 2003. In one of the most memorable Monday night games ever, the Colts scored 21 points in the final 3:37 of the 4th quarter to tie that game at 35-35 before winning it on Mike Vanderjagt's FG in OT.
Coincidently, big comebacks have been a recurring theme in the NFL this season.
There have been nine games this season in which a team has won despite trailing by at least 14 points, the most in the first four weeks of a season in league history. For the second straight Sunday, two teams (Lions and 49ers) overcame deficits of at least 20 points on the same day. It is the first time in NFL history two teams overcame 20-point deficits to win in consecutive weeks.