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Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium | Coach: Chuck Pagano
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st100.0 (22nd)436.0 (1st)
Defense30th150.0 (27th)363.0 (31st)

Colts report: Strategy and personnel

The Sports Xchange
 
Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes
 

PLAYER NOTES

--OT Charlie Johnson (foot) started against the Giants but was able to get some rest during the game. Johnson has seen limited work in practice the last two weeks but has been able to play in the first two games. Rookie OT Jeff Linkenbach saw some work late in the second and fourth quarters Sunday in relief of Johnson.

--LB Clint Session (hamstring) was held out of the Giants game. Rookie LB Kavell Conner made his first-ever NFL start at weak side linebacker in place of Session and recorded five total tackles.

--DT Fili Moala scored his first touchdown in the NFL and the first since his freshman year of high school when he recovered an Eli Manning fumble deep in Giants' territory and returned in one-yard for the score.

--DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have each recorded three sacks in the Colts' first two games. Freeney had two sacks and two forced fumbles against the Giants. Mathis, meanwhile, had two sacks and one forced fumble.

--With S Bob Sanders (biceps) sidelined indefinitely, S Antoine Bethea came up with some Sanders-like hits against the Giants. Bethea recorded six total tackles in the New York game.

REPORT CARD VS. GIANTS

PASSING OFFENSE
A-minus -- QB Peyton Manning completed 20-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The offensive line allowed one sack and just three quarterback hurries. Manning had a 145.5 passer rating against the Giants. He spread the ball out to six different receivers, led by WR Reggie Wayne's seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. TE Dallas Clark added five catches for 83 yards and a TD.

RUSHING OFFENSE
B-plus -- RB Joseph Addai had 92 yards rushing in 20 carries, his highest single-game rushing total in nearly two seasons. RB Donald Brown added a career-best 69 yards on 16 carries and had a seven-yard touchdown run. The Colts had 160 total yards in 43 carries. For the first time in Peyton Manning era, Indianapolis had more rushing attempts than passing attempts.

PASS DEFENSE
B -- The grade would have been higher if not for two long touchdown passes allowed by the Colts' secondary. Indianapolis sacked Eli Manning four times, registered six quarterback hurries and picked off one pass. Eli Manning, who completed 13-of-24 passes for 161 yards, was held to an 85.6 passer rating.

RUSH DEFENSE
B -- New York had 120 yards rushing on 25 carries. That's quite a difference from a week earlier when the Colts allowed 271 total rushing yards at Houston. Most of the yards Sunday night came in the second half when the game's outcome was pretty much determined. The Giants were led in rushing by Ahmad Bradshaw's 89 yards on 17 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS
B-plus -- P Pat McAfee averaged 40.4 yards (net) on five punts. He also had five touchbacks on kickoffs, tying a franchise record in the process. PK Adam Vinatieri made his only field goal attempt, hitting from 38 yards out. RB Devin Moore averaged 20 yards on two kickoff returns. CB Jerraud Powers averaged eight yards on three punt returns. The kickoff and punt coverage units allowed New York returners 12.5 yards on kickoff returns and three yards on punt returns.

COACHING
A -- Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff didn't panic after the season-opening loss at Houston. Caldwell and his coaches didn't make wholesale changes either. They simply got back to business and went to work, looking ahead and not backwards.

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