PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus
QB Peyton Manning led the way offensively for the Colts. Manning missed posting his sixth consecutive 300-yard passing game, but he hit on 23 of 34 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 116.7. Manning had touchdown throws to WR Reggie Wayne (from 6 yards out midway through the first quarter), TE Dallas Clark (a 27-yarder with 3:31 left in the first quarter) and rookie WR Austin Collie (an 8-yarder with 3:42 remaining in the game).
Wayne had seven catches for 83 yards and a TD despite seeing limited work in the second half. Collie added four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. And Clark hauled in three pass for 44 yards and a TD. Backup TE Gijon Robinson chipped in with three receptions for 38 yards. Second-year WR Pierre Garcon struggled a bit, although he did catch three passes for 24 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B
The Colts picked up 156 yards on the ground thanks to the combined play of RBs Joseph Addai (64 yards on 20 carries), Chad Simpson (35 yards on three rushing attempts, including a game-sealing 31-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter), and rookie Donald Brown (58 yards on two carries, including a 45-yard run in the second quarter that set up the Colts' second touchdown of the day).
PASS DEFENSE: A
Rams QB Marc Bulger hit on 14 of 26 passes for 140 yards. But he was intercepted twice, one by CB Jacob Lacey that the rookie returned 35 yards for his first NFL touchdown. Veteran CB Kelvin Hayden had the other interception for the Colts. Indianapolis sacked Bulger three times.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus
The Colts allowed a season-high 134 yards rushing to RB Steven Jackson on 23 carries. Most of those yards, however, came in the second half after the game's outcome had pretty much been already decided. Jackson had been limited to just 33 yards on 10 carries at halftime. St. Louis had 155 total yards on the ground (5.2 yards per carry).
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
PK Matt Stover handled things nicely in his first game with the Colts. Stover didn't have a field-goal attempt, but he was 6-for-6 on PAT attempts. P Pat McAfee averaged 37.8 yards net and 41.8 yards gross on four punts, two of which landed inside the St. Louis 20-yard line. He also continued to handle kickoffs well. RB Chad Simpson averaged 29 yards on two kickoff returns. The punt coverage wasn't bad, but the Rams averaged 25.1 yards on seven kickoff returns.
The Colts haven't missed a beat with Jim Caldwell running the show in Indianapolis. His coaching style is pretty similar to what the players saw in former head coach Tony Dungy, although they do have their differences. Caldwell has been able to blend much of what he learned from Dungy with his own touch on things. To have a first-year head coach be 6-0 despite the offense being without Marvin Harrison and Anthony Gonzalez, and the defense being without Bob Sanders for the first five games of the year, is pretty impressive.
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