Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The Colts continued their strong play Sunday, notching a second-straight blowout win with a victory over Seattle, 34-17. See how graded the team as they prepare to take on division rival Tennessee this week.


It's safe to say that QB Peyton Manning has been on a roll through the first four games of the season. Manning was nearly unstoppable in the win over Seattle, completing 31-of-41 passes for 353 yards, two touchdowns and had one interception. He ended the game with a 107.1 passer rating. Manning completed passes to seven different receivers. His young receivers, especially Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, are starting to come on and work well with veterans such as Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.


While the Colts' running game is not where it was during the team's run to Super Bowl XLI in 2006, it's definitely better than where it was at this stage of the season last year. RB Joseph Addai had 46 yards in 12 carries and scored a TD. Rookie RB Donald Brown added 33 yards in nine carries and scored a touchdown. Indianapolis' rushing attack continues to be a work in progress but is showing signs of getting better.


Buoyed by the unexpected return of injured DE Dwight Freeney, the Colts pass defense pretty much shut down Seattle's passing game. Yes, Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace completed 33-of-45 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown. But Indianapolis sacked Wallace five times, had six quarterback hurries and deflected four passes. Freeney only played on passing downs but DE Robert Mathis picked up most of the slack. And Freeney more than held his own when he was in the game.


Indianapolis allowed 49 yards rushing in 19 total carries. RB Julius Jones had 25 yards on 11 rushing attempts. Edgerrin James added 16 yards in four carries. Wallace scrambled for eight yards in four rushing attempts. While the Seahawks have had their injury problems along the offensive line this year, Indianapolis has shown a lot of improvement in its run defense over the past couple of weeks.


PK Adam Vinatieri hit both of his field goal attempts from 37 and 19 yards out. P Pat McAfee averaged 40.5 yards on two punts (but only 30.5 net) and had one touchback. CB T.J. Rushing handled both the kickoff and punt return duties against the Seahawks, averaging 12.5 yards on two punt returns and 19 yards on one kickoff return. The Colts' kickoff coverage unit allowed a 20.8 yard average on five returns.


Facing Seattle a week before the Colts were scheduled to travel to Tennessee to face their AFC South rivals in a nationally televised game, Jim Caldwell did a pretty good job of keeping his team's focus where it should be. It's easy to talk about playing one game at a time, but it's often tough to keep a team's collective minds where it should be and on the task at hand. Caldwell has done a very good job so far this year of playing each game as it comes and not worrying about anything else.

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