PASSING OFFENSE: B:
Indianapolis had a workmanlike afternoon against Houston. After a slow start, QB Peyton Manning completed 27-of-35 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and had two passes intercepted. He was also sacked twice and was pressured four times. Manning completed passes to seven different receivers. TE Dallas Clark caught nine passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
The Colts ran for 114 yards on 23 carries as a team against Houston. RB Joseph Addai led the way with 69 yards in 15 carries. Rookie RB Donald Brown added 27 yards in five rushing attempts. RB Chad Simpson also contributed 20 yards in two carries and had a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that basically closed the door on the Texans.
PASS DEFENSE: B
QB Matt Schaub hit on 31-of-42 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and had two passes intercepted. One of his interceptions was returned 27 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter by LB Clint Session. S Antoine Bethea also recorded an interception for the Colts. Indianapolis recorded two sacks and had six quarterback pressures against the Texans. DE Dwight Freeney missed the game with an abdominal injury.
RUSH DEFENSE: BThe Texans had 122 yards in 24 carries, led by Steve Slaton's 57 yards in 10 carries. Chris Brown added 56 yards in 11 rushing attempts and had a five-yard touchdown run. Houston had two runs of 12 yards, one each by Slaton and Brown. While the Texans averaged 5.1 yards per carry, they weren't hurt by any breakout runs during the course of the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
P Pat McAfee averaged 52.5 yards, 48.5 yards, in two punts and had one kick downed inside the Texans' 20-yard line. McAfee also had three touchbacks on kickoffs. PK Matt Stover missed on his only field goal attempt of the game, missing wide right on a 32-yard attempt. KR Chad Simpson averaged 17 yards on four kickoff returns. PR T.J. Rushing had one punt return for seven yards. Houston averaged 24.3 yards on three kickoff returns and 4.0 yards on two punt returns.
Jim Caldwell's quiet, calm demeanor on the sidelines goes a long way towards guiding the Colts to an 11-0 record so far and the AFC South championship. Indianapolis has proven that it can win games in blowouts and in tight matchups. Caldwell has been a bit more aggressive on occasion this year than his predecessor, Tony Dungy, was. A few more trick plays on offense. Going for first downs in fourth-down situations. Blitzing more on defense. But the basic formula for success that Dungy installed remains and Caldwell has done a pretty good job of taking that philosophy and running with it.
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