Grading the Colts

Scout.com grades out the Colts' effort against the Jaguars!

REPORT CARD VS. THE JAGUARS

PASSING OFFENSE: C 
The Colts did not give up a sack. That's the good news. But Indianapolis' passing game looked anemic at times against a Jacksonville defense that often dropped eight back into the passing lanes. QB Peyton Manning had his least productive game ever, completing just 13-of-28 passes for 122 yards. No touchdowns. Manning was overthrowing and underthrowing receivers. Receivers dropped passes. With the exception of two offensive drives, one at the beginning of the game
that ended with an interception near the Jaguars' goal line and the other that led to the decisive go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, there just wasn't much there.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B 
With the Colts passing attack sidetracked for most of the game, Indianapolis turned to RBs Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes, James Mungro and Ran Carthon to get the job done. James responded with his first-ever 100-yard rushing game against Jacksonville, running for 128 yards on 27 carries. Rhodes and Mungro did a 
serviceable job in reserve roles before leaving with injuries. Carthon got in to the end zone for the game's only touchdown.
 
PASS DEFENSE: B+ 
Indianapolis' pass rush was relentless. The Colts sacked Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich six times and hounded him the rest of the time. Leftwich threw for 175 yards, but favorite receiver Jimmy Smith was pretty much held in check all day. Rookie WR Matt Jones was a non-factor.
 
RUSH DEFENSE: B 
The Colts held Fred Taylor to just 81 yards in 18 carries. Indianapolis gave up a couple of medium-range runs, but did well against a power running team for the second straight week. The Jaguars finished the day with 128 yards on the ground.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
Kickoff specialist Dave Rayner did a nice job on his kickoffs, although coverage remains a problem. The same goes for the punt coverage. P Hunter Smith had one line drive kick, which was returned 24 yards and helped to set up Jacksonville's lone field goal. K Mike Vanderjagt was good on his only attempt, hitting a 41-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give the Colts a much-needed cushion on the scoreboard.
 
COACHING: B-
For the first time, outside of Foxboro anyway, the Colts offense sputtered for most of the game. It took a while, but the Indianapolis offensive coaching staff made the needed adjustments to stick with the running game. Defensively, the Colts did exactly what they needed to do against a fairly balanced Jaguars offense.


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