New Direction

Changes haven't slowed Manning, who poses challenge for Redskins

October 19, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN REPORTER

The statistic that stands out for Peyton Manning this season isn't the eight touchdown passes he has thrown for the Indianapolis Colts during their 5-0 start, or that he has been intercepted only twice going into Sunday's home game against the 2-4 Washington Redskins at the RCA Dome.

It's that Manning has rushed for two touchdowns after having none the previous three seasons and only nine in his first eight years. Is Manning, known for his accurate right arm, his durability and the uncanny way he changes calls at the line of scrimmage, suddenly becoming a running quarterback?

Redskins@Colts Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 5, 1430 AM Line: Colts by 9

STEADY AS EVER

Through five games, Manning is close to his averages last season, when he was named to a seventh straight Pro Bowl.

2005 ....................................... 2006

COMPLETION OCT.

.673 ......................................... .620

YARDS PER ATTEMPT

8.3 ............................................. 7.5

QUARTERBACK RATING

104.1 ....................................... 95.6

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