The Colts are due. In fact, they're overdue.
Peyton Manning is the 24th-rated passer in the league, with more picks (4) than touchdowns (3) for a 1-2 team. Think the notoriously studious quarterback spent some time in the film room during Indy's week off?Houston has no chance, even with its 90-degree, home-field forecast.
Manning sure started slow, but it's time to buckle up and enjoy the ride. All of Indy's weapons will benefit.
As for the Texans, QB Matt Schaub will be hard-pressed to duplicate last week's three-TD effort, but start rookie running back Steve Slaton: the Colts' Jekyll-and-Hyde defense is ranked second against the pass, 31st vs. the run.
Shouldering the load: Think the Steelers will take to the air with their cupboard bare of running backs? Not so fast.
Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder still is bugging him, and that's just not Pittsburgh's style anyway. Third-down back Mewelde Moore becomes No. 1 by default. He hasn't had a start or a rushing TD since 2005, but he's a nifty player who can accumulate all-purpose yards. Play him if you're in a bind, but definitely stash him on your bench. Willie Parker will miss the next three games, at least.
Aaron Rodgers is also fighting through a shoulder injury, and there's a good chance rookie Matt Flynn will be at the Packers' helm. So it's time for Ryan Grant to finally get going, but the Falcons will be waiting.
Extra pointers: It's a bad time for San Francisco to host an angry Patriots team, but offensive coordinator Mike Martz sure has made the 49ers fun again. Always go with Frank Gore, and old Martz favorite Isaac Bruce is heating up too. ... All these games have shootout potential, so start 'em if you've got 'em: Chargers-Dolphins, Bucs-Broncos, Vikings-Saints. ... Are you that one owner who's itching to start Bears quarterback Kyle Orton? This is the week.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun