Grading the Colts

The grades are in from Scout.com for the Colts' performance against Houston.

REPORT CARD VS. THE TEXANS

PASSING OFFENSE: B+ 
QB Peyton Manning passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, completing 21-of-27 throws. Manning spread the ball around to five different receivers, with WR Reggie Wayne (nine catches for 89 yards), WR Marvin Harrison (seven catches for 65 yards and a touchdown) and TE Dallas Clark (three catches for 51 yards and touchdown) getting the bulk of the work. There was that one interception in the second quarter that helped set up a Houston touchdown drive. But other 
than that, it was a good day of work overall. 

RUSHING OFFENSE: A
What more can RB Edgerrin James do? James had a game-high 139 yards rushing on 21 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Backup Dominic Rhodes added 50 yards in six carries as the Colts had 205 yards rushing as a team. Indianapolis continues to show good offensive balance. 

PASS DEFENSE: A 
Five sacks on nine pass attempts. A grand total of six passing yards. A pass interception by CB Nick Harper, his second of the year and his second in as many games. Six different defensive players were credited with sacks. A forced fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, came on a pass rush. 

RUSH DEFENSE: B+
A slow start, but a strong finish for the Colts. Houston RB Domanick Davis may have had 98 yards rushing, but it took him 28 carries to get there. In fact, 85 of Davis' 98 yards came in the first half.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS: C 
First, the good news. K Mike Vanderjagt made his only field goal attempt, a 36-yard effort. P Hunter Smith never had to take the field, except to be the holder for Vanderjagt. Now for the bad news: The Colts kickoff coverage unit allowed 266 yards on seven returns by rookie WR Jerome Mathis, including an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Mathis came close to breaking a couple other kicks in the game. Kickoff specialist Dave Rayner's sideline tackle prevented one 
long return.
 
COACHING: A 
Tony Dungy posted his 100th career coaching win against Houston. His success in Indianapolis has been due to having a strong coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Tom Moore and defensive coordinator Ron Meeks. While Moore and Meeks may not get the attention as other coordinators on successful teams may receive, their work has not gone unnoticed by Dungy and team president Bill Polian.


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