PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus
QB Peyton Manning completed 29 of 39 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. More important, he did not throw an interception for the second consecutive week. The pass offense looked in synch when WR Austin Collie was in the game. He had eight catches for 87 yards and two TDs. When Collie left with his second concussion of the year, the passing attack struggled a bit.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus
The performance against Jacksonville was the Colts' best of the year, as Indianapolis produced 155 total yards on 24 attempts. Second-year RB Donald Brown had a career day with 129 yards on 14 carries with runs of 49 and 43 yards. Backup RB Dominic Rhodes had a 14-yard run in his first work with the team since being re-signed two weeks ago. Indianapolis averaged 6.5 yards a carry as a team.
PASS DEFENSE: C
Yes, the Colts registered a sack (DE Robert Mathis) and an interception (S Antoine Bethea), but Jaguars QB David Garrard completed 24 of 38 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Indianapolis' pass defense stretched a little too much at times as the Colts were gearing up to stop Jacksonville's vaunted running game.
RUSH DEFENSE: A
In back-to-back weeks, Indianapolis has faced Tennessee's Chris Johnson and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew. As it turned out, neither player wound up hurting Indianapolis. Jones-Drew had just 46 yards on 15 carries. As a team, the Jaguars managed 67 yards in 22 carries. LB Gary Brackett was the primary run-stopper, and he had two tackles for loss, including a big goal-line hit on Jones-Drew.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus
PK Adam Vinatieri connected on a pair of field goals, while P Pat McAfee averaged 22.7 yards on six punts. McAfee had two kicks downed inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. The Colts did give up a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown on a play when it appeared a Jacksonville player had called for a fair catch before bolting down the sideline for a score. Indianapolis also forced a fumble on a punt return, which set up a TD, and returned an onside kick 41 yards for the game-deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
What with all of the injuries affecting the team, and not knowing until late in the week who will be available for a particular game, Jim Caldwell and his staff have done a pretty good job of keeping players prepared to contribute. Caldwell's timeout right before a Jacksonville onside kick attempt helped set up the subsequent return that went for a touchdown.
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