Colts Week 7: Game Report Card

Colts sack Peyton Manning

Final Score: Broncos 33 – Colts 39

This game was probably one of the best games so far in the NFL. Not only it had the story of Peyton Manning going back to Indianapolis to face his former team but with the recent media explosion between Colts owner Jim Irsay and former Colts GM Bill Polian, this game was going to be special.

Overall, it was a strong showing from the Colts (as a whole) after going through a brutal game (which they lost) against the San Diego Chargers.

Offense:

Both teams were not great in 3rd down as both the Broncos and the Colts only converted five third downs. However what made this game different from the San Diego game was that the Colts were able to score a touchdown on two of those third downs.

Overall the intensity of the offense was great in the first half (excluding the first drive) and Pep Hamilton showed that he can be aggressive at times (play involving DHB TD). I didn’t like that the run game went nowhere for the Colts but then again the Colts were going against a run defense that is first in the NFL. Overall a much better performance from the Colts offense which involved Andrew Luck not having a turnover during the game and throwing for three touchdowns.

Grade: A-

Defense:

After a poor performance against the Chargers, the Colts defense showed that they can compete against the best offense in the NFL. The defense, which was led by ILB Robert Mathis, was a lot better as they pressured Peyton throughout the game.

The game turned around after Mathis sacked Peyton Manning which in the process Manning fumbled the ball in the endzone for a safety.

Mathis finished the game with 2 sacks and the defense sacked Peyton four times (Peyton has been sacked five times in the first six games). With great pressure and great pass coverage, the Colts defense did their job to limit a Peyton Manning offense that was number 1 in practically every offensive category.

Overall: A

Special Teams:

Most people who saw the game probably remembered the huge hit of punter Pat McAfee but what I remembered (other than the hit) is the long field goal that kicker Adam Vinatieri made (52 yard FG).

That gave the Colts a nine-point lead late in the fourth quarter. If Vinatieri missed it, then the Broncos would have had great field position. It’s safe to say that Vinatieri still has some power left in him after making three long field goals (50+ yards FG) in the last two games.

Overall: B+

Next week the Colts will have a bye week which the Colts badly needs after an injury infested game against the Broncos. The Colts will face the Texans at Houston on another Sunday Night Football game in Week nine.

The good thing is that the Jacksonville Jaguars is the only AFC South team that will play on Week 8 (every other team in AFC South is on a bye) therefore the Colts can relax as their two-game lead in the division is safe until Week 9.