Indianapolis Colts Report Card

Scout.com has graded the Indianapolis Colts after their big 31-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday. Did the Colts earn high marks for their big-time performance? Where do they still have room for improvement? Get the progress report inside!

PASSING OFFENSE: A

It's been awhile in coming, but the passing offense is starting to look more like what it has been in previous seasons. QB Peyton Manning completed 19 of 28 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. WR Reggie Wayne caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, while WR Marvin Harrison added three catches for 83 yards and two TDs. Manning, who completed passes to six receivers, was sacked twice, but overall the pass protection may have been the best of the season.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B

Yes, the Colts only ran for 76 yards on 30 rushing attempts. And, yes, 38 of those yards came on one play by backup Dominic Rhodes. And, yes, again, by the time the game ended, the Colts were down to Rhodes as the only healthy running back left on the game-day roster. Still, Indianapolis ran just enough to open up the play-action pass, and that's what really matters most of all. Rhodes ended the game with 73 yards on 25 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: A

Baltimore started a rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco, and the Colts taught him a few lessons along the way. Indianapolis recorded four sacks, three by DE Robert Mathis, while picking off three passes and coming up with three quarterback hits. Flacco completed 28 of 38 passes for 241 yards, but he was harassed and bothered all afternoon.

RUSH DEFENSE: A

The Ravens got away from the run early in the game, due to Indianapolis' quick start on offense. But Baltimore did struggle with putting together a consistent running game even early on in the contest when the score was much closer. The Ravens managed just 51 yards on 19 carries as a team. Indianapolis' run defense showed improvement.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A-plus

Perhaps the best performance in several seasons by the Colts' kickoff and punt coverage units. Indianapolis was on its game from the start, not allowing the Ravens a kickoff return of 20 yards or more as well as limiting Baltimore to an average on 4 yards on two punt returns. PK Adam Vinatieri had three touchbacks on kickoffs. Hunter Smith averaged 41.8 yards, 40.5 net, on six punts and had three downed inside the Ravens' 20-yard line.

COACHING: A-plus

Tony Dungy and his coaching staff stuck with the program despite a slow start to the 2008 season. Amid calls for various changes on offense and defense after a 1-2 start, Dungy calmed the waters and watched as Indianapolis posted back-to-back victories over Houston and Baltimore. It would appear as if the Colts are starting to turn things around. The approach that Dungy and his coaching staff continue to take with this team is the right one.


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