Indianapolis Colts Report Card

QB Peyton Manning (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

The grades are in for the Colts following Sunday's performance against Jacksonville. Check them out and then tell us if you agree in our fan forum.

PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus
The Colts threw for 288 yards, as QB Peyton Manning completed 20 of 29 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns. Manning shared the football with five receivers, including Reggie Wayne (eight catches for 158 yards and one touchdown) and Dallas Clark (seven receptions for 60 yards and two TDs). Indianapolis also got good production from Ben Utecht and Anthony Gonzalez. The Colts allowed just one sack and five quarterback hurries. Manning's poorly thrown end-zone interception when Indianapolis was deep in Jacksonville territory was the only blemish on the passing game.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus
Not a great day for the Colts, but it was a good, workman-like performance. RB Joseph Addai had 67 yards on 21 carries, but backup Kenton Keith lost 6 yards on one rushing attempt. Addai, though, picked up some big yards in short-yardage situations, especially late in the game when Indianapolis was trying to run down the clock.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
Indianapolis sacked David Garrard three times and came up with an interception. The Colts had four quarterback hurries and three passes deflected, including one that led to the goal line interception by S Antoine Bethea. Garrard, though, put up some pretty good numbers, completing 24 of 29 passes for 257 yards and two TDs. The Colts allowed two passing plays 20 yards or more.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus
The one-two punch of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew is tough to contain. Taylor bruised the Colts for 104 yards on 14 carries, including a run of 29 yards. While Jones-Drew only had 52 yards on 11 attempts, he added a 22-yard run along with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. The Jaguars averaged 5.4 yards per rushing attempt.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus
PK Adam Vinatieri did not attempt a field goal, but his directional kickoffs did a good job of keeping the Jacksonville kick returners bottled up and helped the coverage unit. The Colts did allow kickoff returns of 25 and 20 yards. P Hunter Smith averaged 38 gross yards and 34.5 net yards (including one inside the 20-yard line). T.J. Rushing did not have a punt return but did have one kickoff return for 22 yards.

COACHING: A
Despite injuries to several key players, including Pro Bowl WR Marvin Harrison, the Colts are 10-2 and are on the verge of clinching their fifth consecutive AFC South title. The Indianapolis coaching staff has done a pretty good job of plugging backups and rookies into prominent roles over the past month. That may bode well as the season progresses and on into the postseason, as the team's depth will be battle-tested and will be ready when called upon to play if needed.

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