Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The grades have been tabulated for the Indianapolis Colts following their 31-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans on "Monday Night Football." See how rated the Colts for their effort against the league's only unbeaten team.


Indianapolis' pass offense continues to be out of sync. QB Peyton Manning completed 26-of-41 passes for 223 yards, but he had two passes intercepted. Both interceptions came off of tipped passes.

Manning also threw for two touchdowns and he was not sacked, although he was under pretty strong pressure for most of the game. The key in the game, though, was that Manning under threw two passes to what appeared to be open receivers that could have gone for potential touchdowns.


The Colts came into the game as the league's worst at running the football, averaging 70 yards per game. RB Dominic Rhodes ran for 70 yards on 17 carries (4.1 yards per rushing attempt). Indianapolis averaged 4.3 yards for the game, picking up 94 yards in 22 carries against the NFL's eighth-best rushing defensive unit.


Indianapolis allowed Titans QB Kerry Collins to complete 24 of 37 passes for 193 yards and did not record a sack. Collins found time to complete passes to nine different receivers. Time and again, Tennessee was able to pick up key first downs and key drives alive by throwing the football.


Tennessee is one of the best running teams in the NFL, but the Colts were able to hold down the Titans' rushing attack. Rookie Chris Johnson had 77 yards in 19 carries while LenDale White had just 13 yards in 10 carries. As a team, the Titans had just 88 yards in 31 rushing attempts.


Kickoff coverage was not as good as it has been, allowing 38.5 yards on two returns (including a long of 42 yards. P Hunter Smith averaged 37 yards, both average and net, and three punts downed inside the Titans' 20-yard line. Rookie WR Pierre Garcon averaged 25 yards on six kickoff returns and had one five-yard punt return. But Garcon's mistake of not fielding a punt allowed Tennessee P Craig Hentrich to have a 75-yard kick and pin the Colts deep in their own territory.


The Colts came out with a 4-4-3 defensive scheme in the first quarter against Tennessee, which the Titans did not expect. But Indianapolis continues to be dogged by costly penalties that allow drives to stay alive, especially in the second half. Tony Dungy and his coaching staff have tried to come up with ways to help a struggling defensive unit. But now it's both the offense and the defense that has hurt Indianapolis in recent weeks. The road doesn't get any easier with New England and Pittsburgh coming up the next two weeks.

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