1. Forte is everything Benson wasn't in a running back
Forte proved right away that he's capable of handling the load and being in there on every down, while Cedric Benson couldn't avoid the injury bug and had no business taking part in passing situations.
2. Orton understands his role under center
Rex Grossman just couldn't help himself with his gunslinger-for-life personality, always enamored with 300-yard passing games and tilting the scoreboard, while Orton, even though he has always hated that "game manager" label, seems to only be concerned with the bottom line.
3. Run blocking is ahead of pass blocking at this point
It's hard to blame new left tackle John St. Clair for struggling with Dwight Freeney off the edge since he gives everybody fits, but he and John Tait need to give Orton an extra half-second or so if the passing game is going to improve.
4. Brown can take away the deep ball by himself
Not only did a gimpy Manning average just 5.2 yards per attempt, but of the seven Colts who caught at least one pass Sunday, nobody managed more than Anthony Gonzalez's 9.6 yards per reception.
5. Harris is going to need a lot of help up front all year
Sometimes Harris can look invisible because he's constantly being swallowed up by double- and triple-teams, although the D-line can still be one of the best around if the trifecta of Dvoracek, Idonije, and Harrison can take advantage of all those one-on-one matchups.
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