Titans beat Colts, stay undefeated

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
BILL WAUGH ~ Associated Press
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calls a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans keep winning, and not even Peyton Manning could stop the NFL's only undefeated team.

LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Chris Hope intercepted Manning twice and the Titans routed the Indianapolis Colts 31-21 Monday night.

The Titans (7-0) have won an NFL-best 10 straight regular-season games, matching the second-best streak in franchise history. More importantly, Tennessee grabbed control of the AFC South away from the team that has dominated this division in winning the past five titles.

Kerry Collins outplayed Manning, throwing for 193 yards with no interceptions.

"We're trying to get where they've been," Collins said. "It was a big step for us tonight I think. We obviously got off to a good start, and to get one more against a division opponent is again real big at this time of year."

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) is grabbed by Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck after Clark caught a pass for a 26-yard gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. At right is Titans linebacker David Thornton. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Jeff Fisher joined Tom Landry and Don Shula as the only NFL coaches to start 7-0 in their 15th season or later. He credited his defense for staying patient against Manning and his team for focusing on the Colts, not its surprising start.

"The season's still early, and there's a lot of games left," Fisher said. "Our focus was on the Colts and trying to prepare ... to try to find a way to beat them. That was the commitment that we made this week. We're not looking ahead. We'll now look ahead to next weekend. As far as the division and all that stuff's concerned, we're just trying to win ballgames right now."

Coach Tony Dungy had called this a must-win for Indianapolis to have any chance at winning the division, but now his Colts (3-4) have lost two straight in their worst start since Manning's rookie season. The Colts trail Tennessee by four games in the loss column with nine games left and New England visiting on Sunday night.

"It's going to make it doubtful for us to win the division, but ... we'll see what the last nine games bring," Dungy said. "If we play well and get ourselves on a streak and get going, we can be a playoff team. I think once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen as we've seen two of the last three years."

Investigation targets possible steroids use

NEW YORK -- Six to eight players are under investigation by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy by taking a weight-loss diuretic that is considered a masking agent for steroids.

A person familiar with the case provided the number of players involved Monday, saying estimates of a higher figure were untrue. The person on condition of anonymity because the players are appealing the findings.

The Denver TV station Fox 31 reported last week that six to 10 players had tested positive for Bumetanide, a pill that decreases the amount of water retained in the body by increasing urination. It causes the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. Other reports put the number of cases as high as 18.

New Orleans running back Deuce McAllister confirmed Sunday after the Saints 37-32 win over San Diego in London that he is one of the players being investigated although he stopped short of saying he had tested positive.

NFL looks into latest charge against Johnson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City running back Larry Johnson, already facing possible suspension by the NFL, was charged Monday with simple assault for spitting his drink in a woman's face. It's the second such charge the former Pro Bowler is facing.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said Johnson turned himself in and was released after posting a $500 bond.

Simple assault is a municipal charge, similar to a traffic ticket, and carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 180 days in jail. But the two-time Pro Bowler, who signed the biggest contract in Chiefs history about 15 months ago, could be in much deeper trouble with the league.

This is the fourth time in five years he's been accused of assaulting a woman and the Chiefs acknowledged last week the NFL was looking into the latest incident.

Snapp said the incident occurred on Oct. 10 at The Blonde during the Chiefs' bye week.

-- The Associated Press

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