PASSING OFFENSE: A-minus
The Colts were efficient in the passing game. QB Peyton Manning completed 24 of 37 passes for 270 yards. He had one touchdown pass and did not have an interception as he threw passes to seven receivers. Manning also wasn't sacked. With Tennessee bracketing WR Reggie Wayne, WR Pierre Garcon responded with six catches for 136 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
RB Joseph Addai made the big yardage when the Colts needed them the most, inside the red zone. Addai picked up 79 yards on 21 carries and ran for two touchdowns. RB Mike Hart, re-signed to the active roster from the practice squad last week, added 11 yards on four carries. As a team, Indianapolis had 88 yards on 27 rushing attempts. Not spectacular, but just good enough to keep the Tennessee defense guessing.
PASS DEFENSE: B
Titans QB Vince Young hit on 24 of 43 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Young was sacked once by DE Dwight Freeney, and the Colts added four quarterback hurries. Indianapolis also intercepted one pass (rookie CB Jacob Lacey) and broke up four other passes. The Colts did a nice job of limiting Young's productivity and kept him in the pocket for the most part, not allowing him many opportunities to scramble away for big yardage.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus
Yes, RB Chris Johnson — the NFL's leading rusher — had 113 yards in 27 carries. And, yes, the Titans had 142 yards rushing as a team. But the Colts did a good job of not allowing Johnson to have any breakaway runs. Indianapolis was in position for any Johnson cutbacks along the line of scrimmage. Johnson had his streak of seven consecutive games with at least 125 yards rushing snapped in the process, and he averaged nearly two yards less per carry than he had been gaining previously.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
The Colts were able to pick up some yardage on kickoff returns, as RB Chad Simpson averaged 29 yards on two attempts, including a 33-yard effort. P Pat McAfee averaged 39 yards, 36 yards net, and had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line. McAfee also continued to kick off well, sending kicks 2 to 4 yards deep into the end zone. Indianapolis' kick coverage unit has done a good job all year but had one breakdown against Tennessee, as WR Kenny Britt broke one for 56 yards before being shoved out of bounds. PK Matt Stover hit on field goals of 43 and 36 yards for the Colts and was wide right on a 52-yard effort. TE Dallas Clark's inability to come up with an onside kick in the latter stages of the game was the only other problem area.
Indianapolis just keeps finding ways to win games. Blowouts, close games, nail-biters and workmanlike efforts — it doesn't seem to matter, as first-year head coach Jim Caldwell has been able to keep his team focused and taking each game as it comes. Caldwell hasn't allowed the talk of a perfect season or the postseason to overtake his team. The Colts had an even effort against the Titans and were able to pull out yet another win despite not playing their best. Indianapolis does whatever it takes to win games, and that reflects well on Caldwell and his staff.
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