Joseph Addai has stayed focused and positive while waiting to run the ball more for the Colts…Sunday was a day he was waiting for.
I was not convinced that the Colts were going to mix it up on offense and use the running game to open things up a bit and slow down the pass rush against Peyton.
But they did. And was it ever effective.
The Colts defeated the NY Giants last night by a score of 38-14 in their home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium and it really was never even close. To coin a word used by Al Michaels in the Sunday Night telecast describing the Colts performance in one of their drives, it was “surgical” the way the Colts’ offense dissected the Giants’ defense.
What made this victory special is not what one would think. At first glance, it’s Peyton beating Eli. But this win by the Colts was anything but a one man show. Game balls could be given out to any number of Colt players on this night. How bout Joseph Addai who ran for 92 yds averaging 4.6 a pop or Donald Brown going for 69 yds on 16 carries? How bout Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis who frustrated Eli all night and got two sacks apiece? How about an offensive line that opened holes for the running game and gave Peyton time to throw for 255 yds on 20 of 26 pass attempts?
Now all of us are sitting back and enjoying the memory of a pretty good Colts victory. But let us not forget the fact that the Giants still put a total of 120 yds rushing. That statistic, even in a win for the Colts, is still alarming. If the Giants had a better 3rd down efficiency percentage than the 3-11 (27%), the running game might have been stronger than it was and who knows, Brandon Jacobs might have run better and not have had his little meltdown.
All and all, a much better defensive effort by the Colts in stopping Ahmad Bradshaw and Jacobs when they needed to and kudos to a Colts team that rebounded from Week 1 with a dominating victory at home.
About the Author
Written by Patrick Blakeslee
I am currently a full-time student at State University of New York at Cobleskill. As a life long fan of sports, I hope to bring some research, insight and knowledge to the readers.