Indianapolis Colts Report Card

It's exam season, so see how the Colts are grading out as they approach the conclusion of the regular season. Are they headed for the top of the class, or do they need some remedial work? Get the marks for their 31-21 win over the Lions here!


Too much TE Dallas Clark and QB Peyton Manning against the Lions. Manning completed 28 of 37 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown. He posted a 110.0 passer rating, and he was not intercepted and was sacked once. Clark, meanwhile, had a spectacular day with 12 catches for 142 yards and a TD. The only negative was a dropped pass in the end zone midway through the first quarter. Clark was one of seven receivers utilized by Manning, including WR Reggie Wayne (seven catches for 104 yards).


Not a bad day's work. RB Dominic Rhodes got the start with Joseph Addai sidelined due to a sore shoulder. He responded with 86 yards rushing on 20 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Rookie RB Chad Simpson added 17 yards on seven carries and scored his first NFL TD. As a team, the Colts ran for 106 yards on 29 carries.


The Lions had given up 49 sacks coming into their game with the Colts. Indianapolis, which had been on a tear of late with its pass rush, failed to get to QB Dan Orlovsky once on Sunday. The Colts didn't even have a quarterback pressure against Detroit. Also, despite several opportunities, Indianapolis did not record an interception. Orlovsky responded by completing 23 of 34 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown, a 33-yard toss to WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson, by the way, hauled in nine passes for 110 yards and a TD.


Rookie RB Kevin Smith had 88 yards on 20 carries, including one 25-yard scamper, and he scored on a 1-yard run. The Lions had 90 yards on 22 carries as a team, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Indianapolis' run defense continues to struggle, but it was able to make big stops when needed on Sunday.


Kickoff and punt coverage had been very good in recent weeks. That wasn't the case as much against Detroit. The Lions averaged 25.7 yards on six kickoff returns, including runs of 33 and 17 yards. Detroit had three punt returns for 15 yards. As for their own returns, CB Keiwan Ratliff fumbled three punt returns and lost two of them. He averaged 10 yards on three returns. Recently signed Najeh Davenport averaged 21.4 yards on five kickoff returns, with a long of 26 yards. P Hunter Smith had three punts for a 41.3-yard average (46.3-yard average overall), with three kicks downed inside the Lions' 20-yard line. PK Adam Vinatieri connected on his only field-goal attempt, hitting from 31 yards out.


After guiding the Colts through a tough stretch of games against the likes of New England, Pittsburgh and San Diego, Tony Dungy also had success in games against four struggling teams — Houston, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit. While there were plenty of close games during the team's current seven-game winning streak, Dungy and his coaching staff have been able to keep everybody focused on the task at hand.

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