Peyton Manning was on a tear in the first half, completing 70% of his passes for 272 yards. But that dropped off substantially in the second half. Manning came out for the final 30 minutes and completed just 47% of his 17 attempts for 93 yards. His totals for the day were 24-40 for a season-high 365 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception.
The passing yardage surpassed his season-best 321-yard effort of two weeks ago against the Patriots. But he's bound to be a bit unhappy about finishing the game at 60% passing after such a hot start. It was his worst game completion percentage result since Week 2 against Jacksonville (46.4%) and Week 1 versus Baltimore (58.3%)
Carson Palmer was more consistent, hitting 65.8% of his passes. He completed 68.8% in the first half with just a slight drop to 63.6% in the second half. He threw for 335 yards on the day with 162 in the first half and 173 in the second. He had two touchdowns and one interception, but came up short in the win column.
One rushing streak continues, one ends
Incredibly, the Colts defense extended their streak of not allowing a running back to put up 100 yards against them this season. Rudi Johnson finished with 76 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Chris Perry gashed the Colts for 82 more on just 8 carries, including a 30-yard scamper.
Edgerrin James had 89 yards rushing, ending a 5-game streak of 100+ yard games. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry, well below the 4.6 yards he's been averaging this year. He scored two of the Colts' rushing touchdowns, lifting his season total to 11. He needs just three more this season to post his highest rushing touchdown total ever in his career. He had 13 in each of his first two seasons as a Colt.
Clark, Wayne lead the aerial attack
Dallas Clark's six receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown a personal best for him, and tops on the Colts on Sunday. He had just 205 yards receiving over the first nine games of the year, and it's only the second time he's hit 100 yards or better. He had exactly 100 yards against New York back in the 2003 season.
Reggie Wayne finished the day with 117 yards on five catches, including a 66-yard beauty for a touchdown. That's his longest reception since the Colts' final regular season game of the 2004 campaign when he caught a 71-yard pass against the Broncos.
Marvin Harrison had five receptions for just 42 yards. That pushes his career receptions total to 903. He now trails just six receivers on the all-time list in that category.
Brandon Stokley caught just two passes as the Colts mixed things up with plenty of formations that used Dallas Clark rather than Stokley in the slot. But both of his receptions were on third-down plays. The Colts scored a touchdown and a field goal on the drives that Stokley helped keep alive.
The Bengals' Chad Johnson had an incredible day with eight catches for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Busy day for Harper
Cornerback Nick Harper has been credited with 31 tackles over his first nine games, but posted 9 tackles on Sunday. All nine were credited as solo tackles, which led the Colts. Gary Brackett and Bob Sanders were each credited with ten, but just 6 of Sanders' and 4 of Brackett's were solo.
The Colts handled their third-down situations well, converting 57% of their chances versus 46% by the Bengals. And the Colts topped that off with a fourth-down conversion while the Bengals failed to convert both of their 4th-down attempts.
Spreading the wealth
The Colts had five different players score touchdowns against Cincinnati.
Edgerrin James had two on the ground while Dominic Rhodes added a third. Through
the air it was Clark, Wayne, and tight end Bryan Fletcher who caught passes for
six points. Fletcher's score was his first regular season touchdown of his
- Neither team fumbled the ball during the game.
- Both teams grabbed an interception. Rookie Marlin Jackson got his first career interception while Keiwan Ratliff pulled in his third.
- Both quarterbacks were sacked once during the game with Robert Mathis getting to Palmer while Justin Smith grabbed Manning. It was Mathis' 10th sack of the year and Smith's third.
- Both field goal kickers were perfect. Mike Vanderjagt hit his only attempt from 19 yards out, his first attempt of less than 20 yards all season. He's hit 91.7% of his kicks this year. Shayne Graham's three attempts were good, including his longest attempt of 44 yards. He's got an 85% success rate on 20 attempts.
- Manning completed 24 passes on the day, while Palmer completed 25.