PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus
The offensive line allowed three sacks, and QB Peyton Manning was intercepted twice, although his last one came on a desperation pass on the team's final offensive possession. Manning completed 31 of 52 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown. TE Jacob Tamme continues to impress as the replacement for Dallas Clark. Tamme had a career-high 11 catches for 108 yards and a TD. WR Reggie Wayne also had 11 receptions. Dropped passes continue to plague the Colts' aerial attack.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus
With RBs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart staying behind in Indianapolis in order to nurse injuries, RB Donald Brown returned from hamstring issues and was teamed with undrafted rookie Javarris James. Brown had 50 yards rushing on 15 carries, while James added a pair of TD runs. The Colts, though, continue to struggle in short-yardage situations.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
Yes, QB Michael Vick was sacked three times and the Colts were able to provide some much needed pass rush. The coverage was OK most of the time. But Indianapolis failed to keep Vick bottled up in the pocket enough of the time. He was able to scramble out of potential tackles for losses or sacks by running out of passing situations.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-plus
The Eagles had 195 yards on the ground, led by LeSean McCoy's 95 yards on 16 carries, but 62 of those yards came on the first play from scrimmage. Vick added 74 yards on 10 carries, scrambling away from the Colts' pass rush. There was no consistent answer to Vick's dashes for first downs, most of them coming in key third-down situations.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus
P Pat McAfee returned from a one-game suspension and averaged 36.8 yards net on five kicks. He also had one touchback on a kickoff. PK Adam Vinatieri made his only field-goal attempt, hitting from 37 yards out. WR Blair White fair-caught two punts, while CB Cornelius Brown averaged 19.3 yards on three kickoff returns. Indianapolis' kickoff coverage allowed the Eagles to average 18.8 yards on four returns.
Injuries across the board to key players continue to frustrate the coaching staff. Jim Caldwell and his assistants have done a pretty good job so far, though, in "coaching up" younger or less experienced players and having them step into bigger roles. The "Next Man Up" philosophy has served Indianapolis well in recent years, but the pickings are starting to get a bit slim in terms of quality depth.
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