PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus
It certainly wasn't pretty. QB Peyton Manning looked confused, and the pass offense appeared to be out of sync for most of the day. Manning wound up completing 26 of 44 passes for 244 yards, had one pass intercepted and was sacked once. He could have had a few other passes picked off, but the Chiefs dropped them. The Colts dropped a few Manning throws, too. Manning also took a few hits after getting passes off. Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel used a 2-3-6 coverage instead of Kansas City's usual 3-4 defensive package.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus
Indianapolis ran for 97 yards on 31 carries, with RBs Joseph Addai (17 carries) and Mike Hart (11 carries) each going for 50 yards. Hart scored the game's only touchdown with an 11-yard run with just over four minutes remaining in the game. The Colts were down to just two experienced running backs in Addai and Hart with Donald Brown sidelined due to a strained hamstring.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
It's safe to say that Indianapolis got a bit lucky on a couple of plays. The Chiefs dropped some balls that should have been caught, including a couple in the end zone. And there were no individual sacks registered (just one team sack of Kansas City QB Matt Cassel). The Colts did not pick off a pass either. Still, despite all that, Indianapolis managed to flush Cassel out of the pocket and out of his comfort zone. The Chiefs signal caller hit on 16 of 29 passes for 156 yards.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus
Yes, the Colts allowed 55 yards rushing on Kansas City's opening offensive drive of the day. It appeared as if it would be another long afternoon for the Indianapolis run defense. But the Colts stiffened the rest of the way, and the Chiefs left Lucas Oil Stadium with 113 yards rushing on 27 carries, allowing just one run longer than 10 yards (14 by Jamaal Charles).
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus
PK Adam Vinatieri hit on all four of his field-goal attempts. P Pat McAfee averaged 42.5 yards net and 52.5 yards overall on two punts and had one kick downed inside the Kansas City 20-yard line. Recently signed WR Kenny Moore handled both the punt and kickoff returns, averaging 1.3 yards on three punt returns and 20.5 yards on two kickoff returns. The Colts' kickoff coverage unit allowed 23.5 yards on six returns, while the punt coverage unit wasn't a factor.
When Kansas City's defense came out and tried to confuse the Indianapolis offense, which it did with great effectiveness for most of the afternoon, Jim Caldwell's coaching staff was able to adjust and tweaks things on the run during the game. The same can be said for the defensive coaching staff, which had the Colts in position to make plays all afternoon.
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