Usually, when an opposing quarterback throws for 476 yds against our team, I would think it’s time to panic and revamp some defensive schemes and personnel. But not today.
Statistically, Broncos’ QB Kyle Orton had himself a career day. And if you watched the entire game like I did yesterday, you didn’t mind it so bad and you have to ask yourself: Did you ever feel like the Colts were losing control of the game? The answer is no, probably not.
Sure, the score was relatively close….but we all know final scores do not always tell the tale of the game. The story behind the final score was a Colts’ defense that bore down against the run and gave up the pass while keeping the Bronco receivers out of the end zone. Yes…Orton connected with WR Brandon Lloyd on a 48 yd pass play but wasn’t that really the only successful standout offensive pass play you remember? Even WR Jabar Gaffney had 12 receptions for 140 yds….but what did all that passing yardage translate into?
I’ll tell you what it all translated into…..0-5 and 0% Red Zone Efficiency for the Broncos with only field goals to show for their efforts.
Now here’s what we all remember….the Colts defense surging against Laurence Maroney’s 4th and 1 run, preventing a Bronco touchdown. And is it me….or was there four or five Austin Collies out there, grabbing 12 catches for over 170 yds. Dude was everywhere.
Nice to see Blair White catching a TD pass right after coming over from the practice squad. Seems like Coach Caldwell is mastering the substitution chessboard…even Jeff Linkenbach has played pretty well, protecting Manning from the pass rush.
Sunday in Denver was a very good victory…taking care of business in typical Colts fashion. The defense was very effective against the run and particularly in the red zone. Offensively, Manning did what he does best: manage the team from the line and check down calls when he needs too so he can match up and find the open receivers.
Check back later this week for a Colts-Jags preview.
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.