PASSING OFFENSE: A-
Indianapolis threw for 297 yards, QB Peyton Manning completed nearly 74 percent of his passes (26-of-35) and he split the work between five receivers. WR Reggie Wayne had eight catches, WR Marvin Harrison seven and WR Brandon Stokley six. The Colts gave up just one sack. Overall, it was an efficient day's work.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A
RB Edgerin James picked up 122 yards on 26 carries, averaging 4.7 yards per rush attempt. James continues to set the tempo for the Colts offense.
PASS DEFENSE: C+
The Colts got to Houston QB David Carr, sacking him three times. But Carr also completed 16 of 25 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Indianapolis gave up three plays of 12 or more yards, one which went for a touchdown.
RUSH DEFENSE: B+
Indianapolis limited Houston RB Jonathan Wells to 58 yards on 15 carries. The Texans were held to 83 yards as a team. If not for giving up a 14-yard run to Wells, this grade probably would have been a notch higher.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-
A punt nearly getting blocked. Problems on the punt return unit when two Houston punts bounced off a pair of Colts and were recovered by the Texans deep in Indianapolis territory. Inconsistent kickoff coverage. Bobbles and penalties on kickoff returns. It wasn't a good day for the special teams unit.
Playing two games in six days is never easy, especially when one of those games is on the road against perhaps your biggest rival. Tony Dungy and his coaching staff did a pretty good job of resting his players enough and yet not losing any intensity or focus.
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