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Published: September 15, 2008
Johnson, Colts O-line struggle against Vikes
Charlie Johnson wasn't supposed to have to deal with Minnesota's Jared Allen. But after the Colts' starting left tackle, Tony Ugoh, went down with an injury, Johnson moved back to left tackle, the position he played for most of last season.

Johnson, a former Oklahoma State standout, started the game at right guard for the Colts, but ended up protecting — trying, anyway — Peyton Manning's blind side against the ultra-quick Allen.

Allen finished with a sack and two quarterback hurries, but the Colts went on to win 18-15.

•Cassel finds favorite: Looks like new New England quarterback Matt Cassel has found his go-to receiver. Cassel threw Wes Welker's way 11 times in the Patriots' 19-10 win over the Jets. No other New England receiver had more than four balls thrown his way.

Welker, who played at Heritage Hall, finished with seven catches for 72 yards.

•Lofton has strong showing: Falcons rookie linebacker Curtis Lofton had eight tackles in Atlanta's 24-9 loss to Tampa Bay. Lofton won the starting position during training camp and is playing between perennial Pro-Bowler Keith Brooking and up-and-comer Michael Boley.

Lofton's been soaking up as much information from Brooking and Boley as possible.

"The older guys always take me aside,” Lofton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week.

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Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson had another big day on Sunday. The second-year back ran for 160 yards against Indianapolis, but the Vikings fell to Peyton Manning and the Colts, 18-15. ASSOCIATED PRESS


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