INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The unlikely combination of Curtis Painter and Pierre Garcon has become one of the NFL’s top quarterback-receiver tandems and a rare bright spot for the Colts this season.
The two have teamed up for 271 yards and four touchdowns the past two weeks.
The Colts brought Kerry Collins in to start at quarterback after Peyton Manning had neck surgery. Collins struggled, then had a concussion and Painter got his chance.
Coach Jim Caldwell says Painter will keep the starting job after Collins recovers. Painter has a 100.0 quarterback rating and hasn’t thrown an interception.
Garcon has overcome a history of drops to rank eighth in the NFL with 420 yards receiving. He has been Painter’s go-to player instead of the more accomplished Reggie Wayne.