The winless Peyton Manning-less Colts come to Tampa Bay for their second consecutive primetime national television game. Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden will be in the house as the Colts and Bucs will be featured on Monday Night Football. With the Colts quarterback and leader out and the team and Coach Jim Caldwell looking for answers, the Bucs enter the weekend as double digit favorites. The line opened with the Bucs giving 10 points, and has gone up to as high as 11 1/2 points in some places.
Indy made their Sunday night matchup against the Steelers surprisingly competitive but any hope of an upset win evaporated when Kerry Collins was sidelined with a concussion and replaced by Curtis Painter. The Colts are preparing as though Painter, he of the 23.8 career passer rating, will get the start.
As a precaution, they re-signed Dan Orlovsky on Wednesday - so it's likely either Painter or a guy who can't remember where the field ends and begins as the Colts starter. You can see why this line is double digits and climbing in some places.