Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/21/12
Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

TD A.Luck 3 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick) (11-80, 7:37)

2nd Quarter

TD G.Little 14 yd. pass from B.Weeden (kick aborted) (16-90, 8:22)

TD A.Luck 5 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick) (14-76, 6:20)

3rd Quarter

TD J.Gordon 33 yd. pass from B.Weeden (P.Dawson kick) (6-80, 3:07)

FG A.Vinatieri 38 yd. Field Goal (17-61, 8:34)

4th Quarter

No scoring in the 4th quarter

 

What the Colts did Right

The Colts did more right than wrong this game.

Colts did well on offense and that's because of 2 things: having the ball 11 minutes more than they did and their ability to run a balanced offense.

Well, Andrew Luck had a good mistake free football game. He generally made good decisions, he didn't force the ball more than a few times, and he scrambled very well. It wasn't anything spectacular, but it was far from bad. To add to his performance, he had 2 rushing touchdowns, which goes to show you how athletic he is. When was the last time a Colts quarterback had 2 rushing touchdowns in a game? Has it ever happened? Anyways, Luck had a safe, solid performance.

The running game finally got going today. Vick Ballard had a very solid performance with a couple of very good runs. He seems to be cemented his role as the number 2 running back and is starting to make a push towards the number 1 spot. He runs hard every time he gets the ball and showed good elusiveness today. Delone Carter also had some very nice runs, but his performance wasn't as good as Ballard's. 

As for the wide receivers, Reggie Wayne had another good game. Six catches for 73 yards is a respectable solid performance, and his performance included a few solid catches including the first play of the game. Donnie Avery had some nice catches today, one on third down. 

The offensive line had some very good moments today. They create a very good pocket for Luck. They also opened up a lot of holes for the running game, which is something I haven't said all year. This is the best performance the O-line has had all year in regards to the running game. Passing game is another story.

On defense, there were some standout performances, but the most important thing is they shut down the running game. They held them to 55 yards total (on 17 rushes), or 42 yards if you exclude the Brandon Weeden 13 yard scramble. This was their best performance this year in regards to stopping the run, and it comes a week after being demolished by Shonn Greene on the ground.

Antoine Bethea had a very good performance. He made some very solid tackles, and made a very huge tackle on the goaline in the first half, to prevent a touchdown. That was huge.

Tom Zbikowski had his first good game of the year. I've given the guy a lot of crap, so it's time to give him some credit. There was one drive where he single handidly made the Browns go 3 and out. He made some nice tackles too, especially one that prevented the Browns from getting a first down.

Vontae Davis also had a very good performance. They barely threw his way and when they did, it was either incomplete or they were tackled right away.

Jerraud Powers did a fine job too. Yes, there was that big touchdown, no one could have covered that. Everything was perfect there. Besides that touchdown, he shut down Josh Gordon. He had a pretty good game.

Also, it's good to see Pat Angerer back on the field. He made some very good tackles today, and seems to be on his way back to his old form.

Finally, I thought that the play calling on offense was very good. They picked the right play the majority of the time, and they had balance throughout the game. They weren't too conservative. Thirty times is ideal for Luck to be throwing the ball. The defensive play calling was pretty good too, but there were some negatives there.

What the Colts did Wrong

The Colts did more right than wrong, but all in all it wasn't a great performance overall. They were picked apart by Brandon Weeden and if it weren't for a Josh Gordon drop, they could have easily lost this game. The pass defense was not very good this game. They made Brandon Weeden look like a very good quarterback, which shouldn't happen. 

Andrew Luck played well overall but there were a few throws that got away from him, some throws that could have resulted in very big gains. He overthrew some receivers, but it happened far less than last week.

The offensive line wasn't great in pass protection. Castonzo allowed a sack, Justice allowed a sack and the interior of the line wasn't great. They allowed 3 sacks in all, and they could have been better.

On defense, the D-line didn't produce much pressure, and neither did Freeney or Hughes. They had a couple of moments, but that's it. It's clear that they need Robert Mathis.

As mentioned before, the defensive playcalling was pretty good, but they played too much zone in the 2nd half. I've noticed that in Chuck Pagano's departure, they've played a lot more zone than usual, and we've seen below average quarterabcks picking the Colts D apart.



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