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HARBAUGH SUFFERS ANOTHER BEATING BY BILLS' DEFENSE

Jim Harbaugh endured another typical evening against the Buffalo Bills.

The Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback was sacked five times Monday night, chased on numerous other occasions and sent to the sidelines in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle.

Ditto for the Colts' entire offense, which exited the RCA Dome in characteristic fashion: disabled and disturbingly ineffective.

On an evening which saw the defense limit the Bills to 246 yards in total offense and three Steve Christie field goals, the Colts saw their offense come up woefully short . . . again. Ranked 30th in the NFL in total yards, points and touchdowns, the offense consisted of two Cary Blanchard field goals in a 9-6 loss to the Bills.

The loss dropped the Colts to 0-7 for just the third time in franchise history.

Afterward, the defense was cleared of any wrongdoing, even though it was unable to halt a Buffalo drive that consumed the final 6 minutes, 3 seconds and resulted in Christie's game-winning 27-yard field goal.

"You hold somebody to nine points and no touchdowns, that's good enough to win," said Colts coach Lindy Infante. "You can't even remotely blame this thing on the defense. I thought they played outstanding for the most part."

Offensively, well, that's another matter entirely. The Colts have now scored just 94 points and the offense has generated just six touchdowns. Both are NFL lows. Monday night's two field-goal effort marked the third time this year the offense has failed to locate the end zone. In four games in the RCA Dome, the Colts have registered one TD and seven field goals.

"We just didn't generate enough offensively," said Infante. "We had a couple of opportunities but for whatever reason . . . we don't get the points we need."

"It's ridiculous for us only to get six points," said wide receiver Sean Dawkins, who had two receptions for 24 yards. "We were down in the red zone too many times for that. We just need to do something to get it turned around."

The change at quarterback didn't produce any touchdowns, but it did generate some life. Justin directed only two drives after replacing Harbaugh, but both led to Cary Blanchard field goals. Blanchard's 32-yarder with 6:12 to play knotted the game at 6-all.

Harbaugh attributed much of his problems to Buffalo's pass rush. Despite dropping back into the pocket less than 15 times in the first half, he was sacked on four occasions.

"A couple of times they were just right there before I even had a chance to look," Harbaugh said. "The routes began to develop and then there were people surrounding me."

Harbaugh now has been sacked 27 times, but he insisted the constant pressure isn't hindering his ability to run the Colts' offense or his confidence.

"I feel like I can put the ball where I want to put it," he said after completing 9 of 12 passes for 109 yards. "When I had a chance to look the routes over and make the throws, I felt that I was doing it.

"My confidence is where it has always been."

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