What I said in the preview about the St. Louis Rams not having a “Puncher's Chance” to beat the Colts due to them not having any arms was definitely proven true on Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts went into the Edward Jones Dome and put a complete beatdown on the Rams 42-6. Peyton Manning in a very workman like performance went 23/34, for 235 yards and 3 TD's (one to Reggie Wayne, one to Dallas Clark and one to Austin Collie). He was 65 yards away from tying an NFL record with 6 straight 300 yard games, but I'm sure he'll take the easy win instead. Reggie Wayne lead the Colts in receiving with 7 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown. The Colts passing defense was stellar again, holding Rams quarterback Marc Bulger to 140 yards and forcing him into throwing 2 interceptions. Dwight Freeney recorded a sack for the seventh straight game and led the defense to sacking Bulger a total of three times. The defense even contributed to the score board when rookie cornerback Jacob Lacey took an interception back 35 yards for a touchdown, which ended up being the final nail in the coffin for the Rams on this day.
From the start, it looked as though this was going to be a tough day for the Rams. The Colts opening drive went for 12 plays, 90 yards and took 6:10 off the clock. It ended with a Peyton Manning 6 yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne. However, the Rams showed some life when they answered with an 8 play drive that resulted in a field goal. Maybe this wasn't going to be the blow out that everybody expected. From the Rams field goal on, all the Colts did was score 35 out of the next 38 points scored in the game. It seemed as though the Colts could do pretty much anything they wanted on offense. They moved up and down the field with ease, gaining close to 400 yards of total offense (391). 156 of those yards were on the ground, which is close to double what they normally average (78.8). Joseph Addai led the way with 64 yards and 1TD, while rookie Donald Brown gained 58 yards and 2nd year player Chad Simpson gained 35 and had a touchdown of his own.
However, for as good as the Colts played, it was not a perfect game by any means. The rushing defense again did not fair well against a talented running back. Even though Rams running back Steven Jackson didn't score a touchdown, he still was able to gain 134 yards and average 5.8 yards a carry. This should be a concern for the Colts, seeing that three out of the next four weeks the Colts are squaring off against top notch running backs; 49ers (Frank Gore), Texans (Steve Slaton), and Ravens (combo of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice). Giving up a lot of yards against the lowly Rams is one thing, but doing it against more talented teams like the 49ers, Texans, and Ravens is another. Against good teams like these, allowing a lot of yards on the ground can cost them, especially in the colder months when teams are more likely to run the ball. All in all, this was a good performance for the Colts, but they still have some things to work on. But I guess it's not a bad thing having things to work on, but still being 6-0.
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Written by Andrew Gifford