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On 10/04/2011 06:58 AM in NFL

NFL Game Capsules (Monday, October 3rd)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 24, Indianapolis 17

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Even a new quarterback didn't help the Colts avoid their worst start in 13 years. LeGarrette Blount's 35-yard touchdown run with 3:15 to play helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take a 24-17 win over Indianapolis. The Colts (0-4) turned to Curtis Painter to start under center in place of an injured Kerry Collins, who was signed into a starting role in late August after it became apparent that Peyton Manning had not been fully recovered from offseason neck surgery. Collins was knocked out of last week's game against Pittsburgh due to a concussion. Painter was effective in his first start as he threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but he was just 13-for-30 and did lose a fumble as the Colts matched their worst start since Manning's rookie season in 1998. The Buccaneers (3-1), meanwhile, have won three straight games after opening the season with a loss to Detroit thanks to a 25-carry, 127-yard game from Blount along with a rushing and passing touchdown from Josh Freeman. He finished the game 25-for-39 with 287 yards along with six carries for 27 yards.

10/04 01:01:37 ET