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A FEW QUICKER THOUGHTS
*This may have been one of RB Donald Brown’s better games with the Colts. It’s a good sign that the offense found a way to get he and Addai productive in the same game.
*It seemed the Giants came in convinced their offensive tackles could handle Freeney and Mathis essentially one on one. You better have really special tackles to do that.
*Colts offensive tackle Ryan Diem on the running game: “That’s fun football right there. That’s a lineman’s dream. I think we were able to make Peyton pretty clean today, which was another one of our goals.”
*The Colts held the Giants to 14 points, but allowed two long touchdown passes. Although only one came when the game was remotely in doubt, middle linebacker Gary Brackett gave the performance a B.” “We still let them get 14 points and we like to put a goose egg on the board and I think we can still get better,” Brackett said.
WHAT WE LEARNED SUNDAY
That the Colts are a long way from out of it. It’s not surprising the Colts won, but the manner in which they won is significant. There was speed and energy on defense, and on offense, the Colts proved to outsiders – and maybe even to themselves – that they can control a game running, too. The Colts aren’t going to be a run first team, but after seeing the game Sunday, teams may be more reluctant to assume Indianapolis can’t run effectively enough to win. All the Colts really need from the running game is for it to be enough of a threat to give Manning time to and opportunities in the play-action passing game. They were more effective than that Sunday.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
How the running offense will fare the rest of the season. Just as last week’s performance against the Texans didn’t mean the Colts were going to struggle the entire season, one game running effectively against a team that came in wanting to stop the pass doesn’t necessarily mean a season of dominating on the ground. “It’s only Week Two,” Addai said. “We don’t know what is going to happen next week. It definitely helps us in-house, as far as what we can do. You might ask me the same question after week 16 or 17, but I feel good as far as where we’re going and what we’re trying to do as a unit. It feels good to be able to run the ball today.”
THE LAST WORD . . .
Goes to . . . Manning: “Every Sunday you have to do it and every season you have to do it. If you looked at some teams that are 0-2, we could easily be 0-2 as well. We lost last week and I think we beat a good team tonight. You have to show up every Sunday and you have to execute every Sunday. Just because of what you did last year and the week before doesn’t matter. I thought this was an important game for us to respond.”