Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The grades are in for the Indianapolis Colts following Sunday's performance against Baltimore. Check them out and then tell us if you agree in our fan forum.

PASSING OFFENSE: A-plus

Indianapolis passed for 249 yards, as QB Peyton Manning was an efficient 13-for-17. Backup Jim Sorgi got in the game in the third quarter and completed three of five passes for an additional 26 yards.

The Colts spread the football around to seven receivers, including rookie Anthony Gonzalez, who had six receptions for a career-high 134 yards and his first two NFL touchdown receptions. RB Joseph Addai and WR Reggie Wayne also hauled in scoring passes. Indianapolis did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure against an aggressive Baltimore defensive unit.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B

While the Colts ran for just 59 yards on 27 carries, they did enough on the ground to make the Ravens defense play them honest up front. Addai had a team-high 32 yards on 13 carries and ran for a pair of touchdowns. Indianapolis had two runs for 10 yards or more, an 11-yarder by Addai and a 12-yard scamper by backup Kenton Keith. Undrafted rookie Clifton Dawson also got some work, picking up 13 yards on seven carries.

PASS DEFENSE: A

Indianapolis registered three interceptions against Baltimore QB Kyle Boller and sacked him four times. The Colts had an additional five quarterback hurries and five deflected passes.

Boller hit on 19 of 25 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown before giving way to backup Troy Smith in the fourth quarter. LB Gary Brackett had two of the interceptions, while CB Kelvin Hayden also recorded a pickoff for the Colts.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-plus

A week after Willis McGahee ran for 138 yards against the Patriots, McGahee was limited to 45 yards in 17 carries against Indianapolis. Boller had an additional 33 yards on eight rushing attempts. As a team, the Ravens had just 98 yards on 32 carries. Baltimore had just one run of 10 or more yards, as McGahee had a 15-yard scamper in the first quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus

If the kickoff unit could have gone one week without allowing a long return for a touchdown, the weekly grade would most likely have been an A. The Ravens' Yamon Figurs had a 94-yard kickoff return for Baltimore's first touchdown of the night, which cut the Indianapolis lead to 30-7 in the second quarter.

For the night, Figurs had seven kickoff returns for 196 yards, averaging 28 yards per attempt. But that was the only negative for the special teams, as P Hunter Smith averaged 33.6 yards on five punts and had one pooch kick downed inside the Ravens' 20-yard line on a nice play by both Smith and T.J. Rushing. Rushing, meanwhile, had three kickoff returns for a 17.3-yard average. PK Adam Vinatieri did not attempt a field goal.

COACHING: A-plus

It may sound like an old record, but the Colts' coaching staff has done a superb job of keeping things together despite a rash of injuries to key starters that may have stymied other teams. Veteran backups and rookies with little to no regular-season NFL experience have been plugged into key roles this season.

With Indianapolis 11-2 and holding the No. 2 spot in the AFC playoff seeding race, the results speak for themselves.


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