PASSING OFFENSE: B
The Colts were good through the air, just not at their usual consistent pace. QB Peyton Manning completed 28 of 41 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown. But he was also intercepted once, sacked twice and was hurried seven other times. Dropped passes and miscommunication on pass routes also hurt Indianapolis in some key situations late in the game.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B
Joseph Addai had a workmanlike effort against Tennessee, rushing 20 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Backup Kenton Keith only had one carry for two yards. The Colts averaged 3.7 yards per carry, with the longest run going for only nine yards.
PASS DEFENSE: A-
Vince Young threw for 184 yards and one touchdown as he connected on 17 of 27 passes, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. The Colts, though, were not especially hurt by the Titans passing attack throughout most of the game. Indianapolis sacked Young three times, 2.5 times by S Bob Sanders, and was hurried five other times.
RUSH DEFENSE: A-
The Colts kept running backs LenDale White and Chris Brown under a 100 yards rushing for the day. A week after Brown burned Jacksonville for 179 yards on 19 carries, he had just 34 yards on 12 rushing attempts against Indianapolis. White added 64 yards on 15 carries. Young scrambled five times for 53 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Yes, PK Adam Vinatieri had three field goals from 22, 39 and 20 yards out. But he also was wide left on a 36-yard attempt, had an extra-point attempt blocked and had one field-goal attempt tipped (but the ball pinballed its way through the uprights). P Hunter Smith averaged 42.7 yards (but was 29.3 net) on three punts. Two of his punts that he attempted to stick inside the Titans' 20-yard line were misplayed by other special teams members. Kick coverage, always a concern, allowed a 30-yard return after the Titans return man muffed the catch in the end zone. KR T.J. Rushing averaged 26.5 yards on four kickoff returns.
When a team wins on the road against a division opponent and doesn't play its best in one or two key areas, considerable credit must go to the coaching staff. The Colts found ways to win when the offense wasn't clicking on all cylinders and the special teams was struggling a bit. Indianapolis' defensive coaching staff should earn some kudos for the way the unit found a way to slow down a player the caliber of Vince Young enough times to pull out the win.