This one started out good (despite a 3/9 start by Harrington) but two missed opportunities in the end zone followed by an offense stuck in stall and the Colts offense getting on track ended up killing us. As for the running into the punter call, I don’t like it but technically that’s the rule.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (17/70), Snelling (4/6), Norwood (6/33), Mughelli (1/0) and Harrington (2/3). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Dunn, 9; Snelling, 0 (but did convert two 4th and 1’s) and Norwood, 3. Dunn also had 2 catches for 10 yards, Norwood and Mughelli each had 1 catch for 9 yards.
Breakdown of passes:
Harrington: 14/30, 155 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 10 Bad passes, 4 Dropped passes, 1 Defended pass and 1 Throw away. Not anywhere near good enough.
Drops (4): Crump, 2; Robinson, 1 (although I don’t really blame him as he got rocked); and White, 1 (although it should have been defensive holding since Jackson had a handful of jersey).
YTD Drops (34):
Run blocking: This area has gotten better it seems and not a bad effort in this game.
Pass blocking: The Colts were very limited due to injuries and this area was passable.
Sack responsibility (2): First one is on Harrington for holding the ball too long and the second is split between Clabo and McClure who got “turtled” (put flat on his back looking like a turtle teetering in his shell).
YTD Sacks (34):
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Allowed over 4 yards a carry in both halves. Not very strong at the point of attack.
Pass Defense: Started off well but got picked apart by Manning.
Sacks: Boley got 3 and Brooking got 1.
Norwood had 6 kickoff returns and no touchbacks: 1. from the -2, 23 yards; 2. from the 7, 37 yards; 3. from the 1, 28 yards; 4. from the 1, 20 yards; 5. from the -3, 26 yards; 6. from the 1, 27 yards (negated by Wilkerson holding penalty).
Jennings had 2 fair catches and 1 11 yard return wiped out by the running into the kicker penalty. No real opportunity to do anything.
Koenen had 4 punts: 1-47 yards to the IND 45, 12 yard return. 2-51 yards to the IND 32, 8 yard return. 3-52 yards to IND 37, 9 yard return. 4-50 yards to the IND 13, fair catch. Great distance.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1. to the 0, 24 yard return; 2. to the -1, 25 yard return; 3. to the 3, 25 yard return; 4. to the 2, 28 yard return. Solid day.
Field Goals: Andersen 2/2, from 30 and 34.
Special Teams coverage: Fairly solid.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Eliminate negative yardage plays (penalties, negative rushes, and sacks).
2. O-line needs to get more push, reach the second level and put defensive players on their backs.
3. Get healthy.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White, (6 catches, 104 yards, 1 TD)
Defensive MVP: Michael Boley (9 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 1 fumble forced and a special teams tackle)
Special Teams MVP: Tony Taylor and David Irons (2 tackles).
Goat of the Week: Joey Harrington
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Next up: AT St. Louis Rams, December 2nd!