INDIANAPOLIS -- It's always been Marvin and then Reggie. Not Reggie and Marvin. Always Marvin and Reggie.
It's not like they've been 1 and 1A either, but rather a 1 and a 2 when talking about the Indianapolis Colts receivers, with Marvin Harrison in the lead role and Reggie Wayne the best supporting actor.
|Jacksonville's D can't stop Reggie Wayne from taking off for 158 yards and a score. (Getty Images)|
And he might not give it back. Ever.
Wayne's performance Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars was a big reason why the Colts now have a firm grip on the AFC South, and barring Peyton Manning deciding to quit football, appear headed to another division title. The Colts beat back a scrappy Jaguars team 28-25 at the RCA Dome to get to 10-2 on the season, giving them essentially a three-game lead in the division with four to go since they swept the Jaguars.
The Colts have battled through a litany of injuries to get to where they are, but the biggest has been to Harrison. He enters each week with the speculation that he might make it back to the field, but then on Sunday, he isn't there. When one of the all-time greats isn't on the field, it would normally cripple an offense.
Wayne has made sure it hasn't. He caught eight passes for 158 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars, his third consecutive 100-yard game against the division rival.
So is Wayne basking in the limelight? He downplayed that talk when asked if he was.
"Same old, same old," Wayne said. "I just go out and play ball."
But you get the idea Wayne really is enjoying this time in the spotlight. Why wouldn't he? Last season, he went to the Pro Bowl when he caught 86 passes for 1,310 yards and nine touchdowns. This season, without Harrison, he has 76 catches for 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns.
"Reggie could go anywhere else and be the No. 1 guy," Colts tight end Dallas Clark said. "I love playing with him. He does all the little things to be a great receiver."
Wayne's 48-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter Sunday was a thing of beauty. He blew past corner Brian Williams in man coverage and softly gathered in a perfect Manning pass, jogging into the end zone for the score.
He made several other big catches, and the best thing about that is he's doing so with coverage being rolled his way. See, when you are the man, they play you like you are the man. He's getting loads of attention.