The Ravens scored 24 of the game’s first 27 points against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, and Indianapolis got a meaningless touchdown in garbage time to make the final score, 24-10.
The Colts fell to 0-13, but they still earned a measure of respect from Ravens free safety Ed Reed.
“Hats off to those guys because they are still being professionals over there,” the seven-time Pro Bowler said after the contest. “It’s very tough circumstances. I know a couple of the guys over there. It’s even tough seeing [four-time NFL MVP] Peyton Manning on the sidelines. It’s a different ball game when you are playing against Indy, and Peyton Manning is standing on the sidelines. We’ll take it though, we’ll definitely take it. We needed it.”
In the visitors’ locker room, Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne took little solace from the notion that the team played well despite Manning’s season-long absence.
“It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter who’s out there, Peyton [Manning], Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, it doesn’t matter who’s out there, they have to play just like everybody else,” Wayne said. “We just have to take it one game at a time and go in there and correct our mistakes and move forward.”