For the third straight game, the New England Patriots will face a backup quarterback.
And this one plays for a winless team.
The Indianapolis Colts plan to give Dan Orlovsky his first start of the season Sunday against an improving Patriots defense. Two weeks ago, the Patriots beat Kansas City, 34-3, with Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko making his first career start. Last Sunday, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-20, with Vince Young filling in for Michael Vick.
Orlovsky replaces Curtis Painter, who started the last eight games for the Colts (0-11). The Patriots (8-3) have been increasing pressure recently on quarterbacks.
New England coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that Painter and Orlovsky have done a good job of changing plays at the line of scrimmage and made some big plays.