PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus
It was a tale of two halves. Over the first two quarters, QB Peyton Manning completed 15-of-27 passes for 154 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But in the third and fourth quarters, Manning was just 5-of-15 passing for 66 yards, one touchdown and had two passes picked off. Still, with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, he led the Colts on a seven-minute drive that covered 80 yards in 14 plays. He hit several big pass plays to keep the drive alive. TE Dallas Clark had five receptions for 43 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
When it comes to the Colts running game in recent weeks, its quality instead of quantity. The yardage numbers really haven't been all that earth shattering. Yet when Indianapolis needs to pick up some tough yardage on the ground in a key situation, RB Joseph Addai, RB Mike Hart and RB Chad Simpson have been able to come through. Addai had 67 yards in 16 carries and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Hart, meanwhile, had only 28 yards in nine carries. But most of that yardage came on the Colts' final scoring drive. His run, where he had to evade two Broncos defenders, for a first down gave Indianapolis a first-and-goal.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus
Much like the Colts passing offense, it was a good news/bad news situation. When it came to covering everybody but Brandon Marshall, the Broncos had eight catches for 77 yards. Marshall, though, had an NFL single-game record 21 receptions for a game-high 200 yards and both Denver touchdowns. QB Kyle Orton completed 29-of-41 passes for 277 yards, two touchdowns and was intercepted once. He was also sacked three times and hurried three other times. The Colts also batted down three passes.
RUSH DEFENSE: A
Indianapolis limited the Broncos to a total of 95 yards in 30 carries. The Colts allowed just two runs of 10 or more yards. Knowshon Moreno had 63 yards in 23 carries. Correll Buckhalter added 19 yards in four carries before leaving the game with an injury. Indianapolis pretty much took the running game out of Denver's offensive attack.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A
P Pat McAfee averaged 41.6 yards on five punts, 42.2 yards overall overage. He had one punt downed inside the Broncos 20-yard line and had two punts fair caught. McAfee also had three touchbacks on kickoffs. KR Chad Simpson averaged 18.5 yards on two kickoff returns. PR T.J. Rushing averaged 9.5 yards on two punt returns. PK Matt Stover made all of his extra point attempts. The kickoff and punt coverage units held Denver pretty well in check.
Jim Caldwell has handled things pretty well during the Colts' 13-0 season, his first as an NFL head coach. He hasn't allowed his team to get too high, forced them to keep their focus on the task at hand and to handle things in a fairly laid-back manner. The additions of defensive coordinator Larry Coyer and special teams coach Ray Rychelski have been two of the biggest offseason additions that the Colts have made. Both made an immediate impact on the way Indianapolis plays.
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