Unfortunately for the Colts, it doesn't matter the opponent, because Curtis Painter has simply been bad. Now, to his defense, he was somewhat thrown to the wolves so to speak, because when you replace Kerry Collins, well, that just goes without saying.
Anyway, this week Indy hosts the Carolina Panthers, who just put 35 points on Detroit, but allowed 49. That does give a small sense of hope for Painter's production, but the passing game is Indy's weakness, whereas Carolina's pass defense is their strength.
That said, a big part of why Painter doesn't produce much to begin with is because the Panthers do rank No. 30 in rush defense. So, although the Colts aren't too threatening of a running team, it is their more effective option.
However, even with limited opportunities, Painter will be forced to throw a lot more than planned, as the Colts won't stop Carolina's offense. If Indy wants to win, it will be a shootout, and they're simply not explosive enough to keep pace.
The Panthers have a Top 10 offense in both rushing and passing, and since Indy hasn't scored more than 24 points in any game this season (once, at Tampa), there's no way Painter matches Cam Newton.
Projection: 16-of-30, 160 yards, no TDs, three INTs
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