INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton's Place is starting to look a lot more like a one - man act. With one Peyton (Manning) out, another Peyton (Hillis) overpowered the Colts' defense for two touchdown runs Sunday, leading the Cleveland Browns to a 27 - 19 victory over reeling Indianapolis.
For the Colts, it doesn't get much worse than this. They already lost Manning for at least two months because of neck surgery and are now 0 - 2 for the first time since 1998, Manning's rookie season. The four - time MVP quarterback's absence seems to have stripped the Colts of any aura of superiority. Sunday's loss to Cleveland was Indy's first in the series since 1994, Manning's freshman season at Tennessee. Without their franchise quarterback, the Colts didn't have much of a chance, even at home against a below - average team.
Kerry Collins, Manning's replacement, started the game 9 of 12 but completed only 10 of his last 26, most coming after the outcome was decided. He finished 19 of 38 with 191 yards, one interception and another lost fumble. He didn't get the Colts into the end zone until 24 seconds remained. Next week, defending AFC champion Pittsburgh comes to town for a prime - time game that could expose more flaws.
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