The Eagles got a chance to watch this week's opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, on Monday Night Football. The Colts exacted revenge on the Houston Texans for a Week 1 loss with a 30-17 win to improve to 5-2 and seize sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
Quarterback Peyton Manning engineered a clinic completing 26 of 45 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Time after time, Manning negated any pressure by the Texans defense by quickly getting rid of the ball. Manning was sacked once and has only been taken down a league-low seven times this season.
The same can't be said for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney ended the Texans first drive of the game with a sack. He also ended any chance for a Texans comeback with a sack and a forced fumble on the Texans' final drive of the game deep in Colts territory. It's good that left tackle Jason Peters is set to return to the lineup after he said he took part in Monday's practice. Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden also intercepted a Schaub pass and returned it for a touchdown early in the second quarter to put his team ahead 14-0.
Mike Hart paved the way on the ground for the Colts with 12 carries for 84 yards as starter Joseph Addai was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Addai's status for the Eagles game is uncertain and Hart left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. The Colts finished the game with running back Javarris James, who notched his first three NFL carries.
In the air, it was Pierre Garcon who was Manning's top target catching seven passes for 78 yards. Tight end Jacob Tamme, who took over as the starter for the injured Dallas Clark, had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:30 a.m., November 2