Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The grades are in for Sunday's loss to the Bears. Find out what marks gave the Indianapolis Colts. Should they have been higher? Lower? Let us know in the forums.


The good was that QB Peyton Manning returned from his surgery-induced hiatus to complete 30 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown. The bad was 49 passing attempts, two sacks given up, four quarterback hurries, and a few too many dropped passes.


Yes, Chicago was stacking the line of scrimmage all evening long. But the Colts managed just 53 yards on the ground, 44 by RB Joseph Addai. Backup RB Dominic Rhodes had just two yards in seven carries. The running game, which struggled late last season, has to get back to a more productive level.


QB Kyle Orton hit on 13 of 21 passes for 150 yards. Orton was sacked twice and pressured four times. But he still had too much time to complete passes in key situations. The Colts had Chicago in several third-down situations and couldn't make plays to get off the field. Indianapolis gave up three pass plays of 18 yards or more.


Indianapolis allowed rookie RB Matt Forte to rush for 123 yards on 23 carries in his first NFL regular-season game. He had a 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Bears outrushed the Colts 183-53. Kevin Jones added 45 yards in 13 carries. Chicago averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 39 total rushing attempts.


The Bears won the field-position game, even as Indianapolis tried to keep Chicago return specialist Devin Hester from hurting them too much. Hester averaged 18.3 yards on three kickoff returns and had one 25-yard punt return.

Chicago's average start of an offensive drive was their own 31-yard line. Courtney Roby averaged 20.2 yards on five kickoff returns while Keiwan Ratliff had one punt return for eight yards and three fair catches for the Colts.


Chicago came out focused and determined against the Colts. Indianapolis, meanwhile, came out flat and played sloppily for most of the evening. The Colts appeared to be ready for the game, but too many physical and mental errors did them in Sunday night. Indianapolis usually comes out ready to play, but they certainly didn't do that against the Bears.

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