Indianapolis Colts Report Card

The Colts played another close game this week, taking a four-point win back to Indianapolis over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's getting close to final exam time; how are the Colts' grades trending? Find out inside.


Manning completed 23-of-30 passes for 308 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He was not sacked all evening. His one interception came off a bobbled pass by TE Dallas Clark, who wound up catching a game-high seven passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Manning ended the night with a 134.4 passer rating. He completed passes to eight different receivers.


Once again, not a lot of yards in the game (61 total on 23 carries). But the Colts were able to do just enough to set up the team's passing game and to keep the Jaguars a little bit off balance. RB Joseph Addai had a team-high 59 yards rushing in 16 carries.


Indianapolis sacked Jaguars QB David Garrard twice and intercepted him once. Garrard, though, hit on 23-of-40 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He was also pressured seven times during the game. Both sacks came from DT Eric Foster. DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis each saw limited playing time in the game.


After a sluggish first half, the Colts rebounded with a pretty good second half of work. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, long a thorn in the side of the Indianapolis defensive unit, had a game-high 110 yards in 27 carries. But 73 of those yards came in the first half of play. The Colts managed to settle things down a bit over the final two quarters.


First the good. RB/KR Chad Simpson returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. It's the first kickoff return for a touchdown for the Colts since Dominic Rhodes accomplished the feat during the 2004 season. P Pat McAfee averaged 37.3 yards net and 43 yards overall on three punts and had one punt downed inside the Jaguars 20-yard line. He also had one touchback on kickoffs. PK Matt Stover connected on five PAT attempts. And then the bad. The Colts' kickoff coverage, which had been so good all season long, had an off night. Jacksonville averaged 31.4 yards on five kickoff returns and had two kickoff returns that went 43 and 30 yards, respectively.


Just another come-from-behind victory for the Colts and first-year head coach Jim Caldwell. The Colts continue to battle back in games when they don't play their best. Caldwell has been a calm soul on the sidelines, not letting the team get too up and down during the course of a game. He has provided steady leadership for a veteran group of players.

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