Indianapolis Colts Report Card

Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The Colts thumped the Giants, 38-14, on Sunday. See how the NFL experts at The Sports XChange graded the team in the win.

PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus

QB Peyton Manning completed 20-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The offensive line allowed one sack and just three quarterback hurries. Manning had a 145.5 passer rating against the Giants. He spread the ball out to six different receivers, led by WR Reggie Wayne's seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. TE Dallas Clark added five catches for 83 yards and a TD.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus

RB Joseph Addai had 92 yards rushing in 20 carries, his highest single-game rushing total in nearly two seasons. RB Donald Brown added a career-best 69 yards on 16 carries and had a seven-yard touchdown run. The Colts had 160 total yards in 43 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B

The grade would have been higher if not for two long touchdown passes allowed by the Colts' secondary. Indianapolis sacked Eli Manning four times, registered six quarterback hurries and picked off one pass. Eli Manning, who completed 13-of-24 passes for 161 yards, was held to an 85.6 passer rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: B

New York had 120 yards rushing on 25 carries. That's quite a difference from a week earlier when the Colts allowed 271 total rushing yards at Houston. Most of the yards Sunday night came in the second half when the game's outcome was pretty much determined. The Giants were led in rushing by Ahmad Bradshaw's 89 yards on 17 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus

P Pat McAfee averaged 40.4 yards (net) on five punts. He also had five touchbacks on kickoffs, tying a franchise record in the process. PK Adam Vinatieri made his only field goal attempt, hitting from 38 yards out. RB Devin Moore averaged 20 yards on two kickoff returns. CB Jerraud Powers averaged eight yards on three punt returns. The kickoff and punt coverage units allowed New York returners 12.5 yards on kickoff returns and three yards on punt returns.

COACHING: A

Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff didn't panic after the season-opening loss at Houston. Caldwell and his coaches didn't make wholesale changes either. They simply got back to business and went to work, looking ahead and not back.


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