PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus
A lack of consistency. Yes, QB Peyton Manning completed 15-of-29 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. That's the bright spot. Then there's the two interceptions (one coming at the goal line), one sack and five quarterback hurries.
Throw in a couple of dropped passes, one or two miss-timed throws to open wide receivers and receivers coming up short on down and distance situations, and you have yet another sloppy performance.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B
Best it has been through the first three games of the 2008 season. RB Joseph Addai picked up 78 yards in 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Dominic Rhodes added 24 yards on two carries, including a 20-yard run to set up one of Addai's two TDs. As a team, the Colts ran 19 times for 114 yards. Not great, but good enough to have better balanced the Colts' offense.
PASS DEFENSE: C-minus
The Jaguars completed 16-of-22 passes for 167 yards. Indianapolis did not sack QB David Garrard once but did have four quarterback hurries. The Colts allowed Garrard too much time to throw dump off passes to his running backs (seven total) and to complete third-down throws on a near-regular basis. And a key pass interference penalty on the Jaguars' final drive that allowed Jacksonville one final chance at winning the game. CB Kelvin Hayden did have an interception for Indianapolis, but the Colts wasted the play by turning the ball over themselves on the ensuing possession.
RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus
Two Jacksonville running backs over 100 yards (Fred Taylor, 26-121; Maurice Jones-Drew, 19-107, TD). A combined 236 yards rushing as a team on 48 carries. A ghastly 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. Two runs over 18 yards, including a 34-yarder by Taylor in which he side-stepped and broke through four would-be Colts tacklers on a play that should have been stopped for a loss in the Jaguars' offensive backfield. Time of possession advantage (41:35) largely gained through the efforts of the running game. Enough said.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus
Perhaps the lone consistent bright spot for Indianapolis Sunday was the play of the usually-maligned special teams unit. P Hunter Smith averaged 45 yards on three kicks, including a 60 yarder. He also had two punts downed inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. RB Justin Forsett averaged 24.5 yards on two kickoff returns. The Colts' coverage units did a pretty good job of hemming Jacksonville's kickoff and punt returners in and not allowing any major breakouts.
The Colts' rush defense proved to be leaky once again and the Indianapolis offense as a whole has yet to find any consistency running or throwing the football. With a bye week coming up, the Indianapolis coaching staff will be trying to find the answers as to what has gone wrong with this team and what they need to do in order to right the ship. All that being said, though, there is no panic. As has happened before, Tony Dungy and his coaching staff will attempt to make the needed corrections on both sides of the football.