Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The Colts passed a test in Oakland, but a final exam still looms when the Titans come to town this weekend. See how the Colts scored in all areas of the Raiders game ...

PASSING OFFENSE: B

QB Peyton Manning completed 16-of-30 passes for 179 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was not sacked and was not hurried. Manning completed passes to six different receivers, led by TE Jacob Tamme's seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A

The Colts rushed for 191 yards as a team on 39 carries, led by RB Dominic Rhodes' 98 yards in 17 total rushes. Rhodes averaged 5.8 yards per carry. RB Joseph Addai added 45 yards in 12 carries and a TD. RB Donald Brown started and had 28 yards in six carries. QB Peyton Manning even got in the act by adding a 27-yard bootleg run for a first down late in the fourth quarter.

PASS DEFENSE: B

Indianapolis limited Raiders QB Jason Campbell to 29-of-42 passing for 231 yards and a touchdown. Campbell was sacked three times and was hurried on six other occasions. The Colts bent a few times, giving up five pass plays of 10 yards or more, but didn't break.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-plus

Darren McFadden had 45 yards in 11 carries against what is supposed to be the NFL's worst run defense. Michael Bush added 19 yards in three carries. The Colts have limited three of the league's best running backs over the last three weeks. It remains to be seen whether Indianapolis' run defenders can make it four in a row this week when Tennessee's Chris Johnson comes to town.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus

The Colts allowed a 99-yard return for a touchdown on the game's opening kickoff by Oakland's Jacoby Ford. Ford averaged 37.6 yards on five total kickoff returns. P Pat McAfee averaged 37.5 yards net and 42.8 yards overall on six punts, including two downed inside the Raiders' 20-yard line. PK Adam Vinatieri made his only field-goal attempt from 30 yards out. RB Dominic Rhodes averaged 24.6 yards on five kickoff returns.

COACHING: A

Icing a kicker on an onsides kick attempt? Yep, Colts coach Jim Caldwell has done it twice the past two weeks (against Jacksonville and Oakland). Using a running back (Dominic Rhodes) numerous times that just signed with the team less than a month ago? Yeah, Caldwell's doing that too. And despite having 17 players currently on the injured reserve list, Indianapolis has been grinding out wins in the month of December and stands just one win away from capturing yet another AFC South title.


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