PASSING OFFENSE: A
QB Peyton Manning completed 30 of 36 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and he was not sacked. Manning, who was also pressured three times, ended the game with a 99.9 passer rating. Indianapolis basically moved the ball through the air at will against the Texans, averaging 10.7 yards per pass reception. WRs Marvin Harrison (nine catches for 77 yards and a touchdown) and Reggie Wayne (seven receptions for 90 yards), along with TE Dallas Clark (five catches for 44 yards), were Manning's primary targets.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
Indianapolis ran for 154 yards on 34 rushing attempts, the team's best performance of the year. RB Joseph Addai ran 22 times for a season-high 105 yards and scored one touchdown. Backup RB Dominic Rhodes added 48 yards on 10 carries. The Colts averaged 4.5 yards per rushing attempt, much better than their season average of 3.3 yards per attempt heading into the Houston game. Over the final two quarters, Indianapolis controlled the line of scrimmage.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
Houston QB Sage Rosenfels hit on 13 of 18 passes for 192 yards, but he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Rosenfels, who was sacked twice by DE Dwight Freeney, also threw an interception at the end of the game to S Melvin Bullitt. The bad news, however, is that the Colts allowed a 61-yard pass play and three pass plays of 12 yards or longer. The Texans averaged 14.8 yards per completion.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus
The run defense is like the little girl in the nursery stories. When it's good, its very, very good. But when it's bad, watch out. Indianapolis allowed rookie RB Steve Slaton to pick up 156 yards on 14 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown run. The yardage total and the length of the touchdown run were both Texans franchise records. Houston averaged 7.1 yards per rushing attempt. The Texans also had three touchdown runs, two by RB Ahman Green.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus
PK Adam Vinatieri was successful on four field-goal attempts, hitting from 40, 39, 32 and 31 yards. P Hunter Smith punted only once, averaging 55 yards. But Smith's net average dipped to just 16.0 thanks to a 39-yard return by Houston's Jacoby Jones. That play came right after Smith boomed a 53-yard punt, which led to a Jones fair catch. But a penalty on the Colts forced a re-kick, and the Texans came out with much better field position in the process. Houston scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Rookie RB Chad Simpson had five kickoff returns, his first time handling those duties this season, and averaged 26.0 yards per return. Jones averaged 25.3 yards on six kickoff returns and had the one punt return for the Texans.
The Colts have battled injuries all season long, but the team still finds itself in playoff contention with a 6-4 record. Indianapolis has recorded wins over New England, Pittsburgh and Houston over the past three weeks and also has a win over Baltimore. The victories over the Patriots, Steelers and Ravens have put the Colts in prime contention for a seventh straight postseason appearance. That's not a bad position to be in after a 3-4 start.