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Bucs T Penn expects 0-3 Colts to be hungry

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have every reason to take Indianapolis lightly.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is out with a neck injury and backup Kerry Collins has played poorly in his place. Collins has completed only 48 of 98 passes for 481 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and owns a 65.9 percent passer rating.

Collins sustained a possible concussion in Indianapolis' game against Pittsburgh Sunday night, and Curtis Painter is expected to start against Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football. Painter, a sixth-round pick by Indianapolis in 2009, has appeared in only three NFL games with no starts.

Tampa Bay is a 10-point favorite to beat Indianapolis, but Bucs left tackle Donald Penn is not taking the Colts lightly.

"We've been a team like this before," Penn said. "I know how hungry they are going to be and it's going to be on prime time. They are going to bring their 'A' game. We're going to get their best game.

"I remember being there. When you're crawling and you want to win so bad, that brings out the best in you. We're going to get their best. That's what we're planning for and that's what we're going into the game with."

Penn also is prepared to face Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney, who is one of the NFL's best defensive ends.

"The performance he put on Sunday night makes you say, 'Ooh,' and, 'Ah,' " Penn said. "I was sitting there watching it, rewinding it. He's a great player. I study him like I've been doing all week. We'll see what happens."