Indianapolis Colts Report Card

Scout.com gives regular-season grades for the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to open their Super Bowl defense in the divisional round of the playoffs against the San Diego Chargers.

PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus

The Colts averaged 252.1 yards per game passing during the regular season despite missing veteran WR Marvin Harrison for most of the year. WR Anthony Gonzalez also missed significant playing time due to various injuries, as did TE Ben Utecht.

WR Reggie Wayne stepped his game up and had yet another career year, catching a team-high 104 passes for 1,510 yards (league leader) and 10 touchdowns.

TE Dallas Clark had a career season as he hauled in a personal-best 58 passes for 616 yards and 11 touchdowns. RB Joseph Addai caught an additional 41 passes for 364 yards and three TDs. QB Peyton Manning completed 337-of-515 passes for 4,040 yards, 31 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions. Manning, who had a 98.0 passing rating, was sacked 21 times this season.


Kenton Keith
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RUSHING OFFENSE: A

Addai ran for a team-high 1,072 yards (on 261 carries) and 12 touchdowns in 2007. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Backup RB Kenton Keith had a very productive first year with the team, picking up 533 yards on 121 carries and had three TDs. Indianapolis also got good work from rookie Clifton Dawson in limited duty as well as first-year FB Luke Lawton.

As a team, the Colts averaged 106.6 yards rushing per game and 3.8 yards rushing per carry.

PASS DEFENSE: A-minus

The Colts recorded 28 sacks and picked off 22 passes this season. The 22 interceptions are the most for the franchise since 1979. LB Gary Brackett and S Antoine Bethea tied for the team lead, each with four interceptions. Ten different Indianapolis players had interceptions during the regular season.

The loss of DE Dwight Freeney to a season-ending foot injury hurt the Colts' overall pass rush totals. DE Robert Mathis also missed the final three games of the season due to two sprained knees, but he still had a team-high seven sacks.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus

Indianapolis' run defense is a far cry better than what it exhibited for most of the 2006 season. The Colts allowed 106.9 yards rushing per game and 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. Opposing teams ran for 1,711 yards on 454 total rushing attempts in 2007.

Having S Bob Sanders start for an entire season helped, but the aggressive play of the team's cornerbacks was also a factor as was the play of the linebackers. LBs Freddy Keiaho, Tyjuan Hagler and Rocky Boiman saw much more playing time this year than a year ago.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B

A work in progress. What with all the injuries on both sides of the football, the special teams kickoff and punt return coverage units struggled at times this season. Indianapolis allowed teams to average 25 yards on 81 kickoff returns and 13.9 yards on 22 punt returns. The Colts had three kicks (two kickoffs and one punt) returned for touchdowns in 2007.

CB T.J. Rushing took over as the team's primary kickoff (31-23.0 kickoffs) and punt returner (19-13.1 punt returns) this season. He also had 14 fair catches. PK Adam Vinatieri hit on 23-of-29 field goals and 49-of-51 extra-point attempts. P Hunter Smith averaged 41.9 overall and 34.2 yards net on 52 total punts. Smith had 18 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

COACHING: A-plus

What with all the injuries that has hit the Colts in 2007, the Indianapolis coaching staff did a yeoman's job of keeping this team together and focused. If there is an MVP of this franchise this season, it would have to be the bench players who stepped in all year and made big contributions to the team's 13-3 regular-season record.

Tony Dungy's coaching staff kept everybody involved, together and "coached up" the backups as the season progressed.


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