INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning threw for three more touchdowns yesterday, Edgerrin James ran for two others, and the Indianapolis Colts returned a blocked field goal for another score in a 51-24 rout of Tennessee.
Indianapolis became the third team in league history to score 40 or more points in four straight games, despite the Titans' attempts at playing keepaway -- three onside kicks in the first quarter and a fake punt attempt in the third quarter.
It barely slowed the Colts (9-3), who won their fifth straight and are on pace to break the single-season scoring record Minnesota set in 1998 (556 points). Tennessee (4-8), playing without quarterback Steve McNair, tried everything to halt the Colts. It only delayed the inevitable.
The Titans allowed their most points since a 52-25 thrashing by Oakland Sept. 29, 2002. Manning finished 23 of 35 for 425 yards and moved within four TD passes of Dan Marino's season record (48) and tied John Unitas's 45-year-old record by throwing for multiple TDs in a 12th straight game to open a season.