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Week 1 vs. CHI
Passing: 30 - 49, 257 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Seeing his first game action of the year, Manning looked a little rusty over the first two quarters as he finished the first half ten of 20 for 119 yards. On the Colts' first drive of the second half it appeared as if Manning was starting to get into a rhythm. On that series, the Colt's quarterback finished five for six for 40 yards with a six yard touchdown pass that went to WR Reggie Wayne. Despite the optimistic start to the second half, Manning's final 15 completions only averaged 6.5 yards as he failed to lead the Colts offense to any more points.
Week 2 vs. MIN
Passing: 26 - 42, 311 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 0 / 0
The most obvious missing element was the stretch off-tackle play to RB Joseph Addai. All of the outside running plays were pitched to Addai. This play in the past set up play action passes. Peyton Manning did not show much mobility at all. Defenders were breathing down Manning's neck all day and he showed his frustration at the end of the first half. DB Antoine Winfield made a great play on the first interception. The next drive seemed like things were starting to come around and then DL Jared Allen made a huge sack on third down. The second half looked much different. Even though Indianapolis could not run the ball everything changed. WR Anthony Gonzalez hauled in a long play that set up their first TD. That play seemed to change Manning and his passing was more precise and he actually started to look like his old self. With no running game and lots of pressure he started to pick the defense apart. Manning was able to hit receivers in stride and make some crucial plays during the fourth quarter.
Week 3 vs. JAX
Passing: 15 - 29, 216 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 12 / 0
Manning did not get into a consistent rhythm during the game. He looked excellent in short bursts, but in part to his lack of opportunities, seemed uncomfortable at times. Manning made good decisions in terms of where to throw the ball and to whom, but at times missed the receivers. At other times, such as on their last drive, he seemed in sync with his receivers and moved his team to the go ahead score with a commanding passing performance. Another contributing factor to Manning being off target at times was the Jaguars blitzed he and his depleted offensive line frequently, which disrupted the timing with his receivers. He did show the arm strength to make all the throws asked of him.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Passing: 25 - 34, 247 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 0
Manning had an excellent game while facing constant pressure from the Texan defensive line. He had to combat the pressure by moving around in the pocket to buy time for his receivers to get open. Manning had an excellent first half, completing 11 of his first 13 throws and 13 of 18 for the entire half. He delivered in the clutch as the Colts decided to go for the first down on three different fourth down plays, two coming on each of the opening two drives. On the second fourth down play, Manning called a pass play on fourth and one and connected with a well covered Reggie Wayne for a long gain inside the ten yard line. Late in the game the Colts faced a fourth and seven from the Texan eight yard line and Manning connected with Tom Santi for a key touchdown reception that would be the start of the Colt comeback. His only interception came on a rare poorly thrown pass as he threw behind the receiver and the defender covering him had to make a difficult interception toward the end of the first half.
Week 6 vs. BAL
Passing: 19 - 28, 271 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
As he has spent much of the early part of the season shaking off the rust resulting from two off-season knee surgeries that kept him out of pre-season action, Manning has not looked like the dominant QB of recent years. That changed against the Ravens. It was the Payton Manning of old that took to the field this Sunday, making his owners --- and those of WRs Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison --- very happy. Deep throws reigned supreme as Manning regularly took long shots down the field, starting with his first pass attempt deep over the middle towards the end-zone and Reggie Wayne --- an incompletion. Manning certainly made up for that early miscue in the Colt's second series as he rifled a long pass down the right side, hitting Harrison (who had cleanly beaten the Ravens' Chris McAlister) in stride for a touchdown. Manning ended the next Indianapolis series in similar fashion as he connected with Reggie Wayne on a 22 yard corner pass for six points. The third of Manning's three TDs on the day came late in the second quarter as Manning fired a 5 yard play-action pass to Marvin Harrison. Having built a 24-0 lead at the break, it was hardly a surprise that Manning's fireworks lessened in the second half, and while he still threw the ball 11 times for roughly 100 yards, none of his throws were of any particular note.
Week 7 vs. GB
Passing: 21 - 42, 229 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
QB Peyton Manning was unable to get anything going in this game. The Packers defense played superbly against the Colts vaunted passing attack and held the entire offense in check. Manning did not look particularly sharp. He was held without a touchdown pass but two potential touchdowns were called back after official review but those were after the game was out of reach for the Colts.
Week 8 vs. TEN
Passing: 26 - 41, 223 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 1
Manning got off to a good start and after getting great field position on there second position of the game, he led the Colts 37 yards down the field for a score. He found an open TE Dallas Clark for a ten yard touchdown pass for his first touchdown pass. But that would be his only highlight of the first half. Manning had an interception in the second quarter after the ball was deflected into the arms of a Titans' defensive back. He would have another pick late in the game. He finished the first half 11 for 17 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Manning would lead Indianapolis down the field on the first drive of the second half and he would find Clark again over the middle for his second touchdown pass of the game. He would add a one yard rushing touchdown late in the game. The Colts line did give Manning time to throw throughout the game but, he had trouble finding his wide receivers down the field. He was forced to either pass underneath the coverage or go to Clark who was able to get open throughout the game.
Week 9 vs. NE
Passing: 21 - 29, 254 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
QB Peyton Manning threw the ball well and spread the ball among a variety of receivers. Despite the limited possessions, Manning put up strong numbers and the entire offense looked confident and capable. He hit WR Anthony Gonzales for two touchdown passes on the right side and seemed to make the pass every time the team needed a first down.
Week 10 vs. PIT
Passing: 21 - 40, 240 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Manning was not his usual self in the game, despite posting good overall numbers. Two of his three TDs came off a short field following Pittsburgh interceptions and the other was off a fortunate tipped ball play where WR Reggie Wayne avoided two tacklers and raced 65 yards. Manning was hurt by some key drops by WR Marvin Harrison and overall his completion percentage was quite low for him, barely over 50%. On the plus side, he was able to avoid the turnovers and made Pittsburgh make long drives when forced to give up the ball.
Week 11 vs. HOU
Passing: 30 - 46, 320 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
Manning threw for over 300 yards, with almost 200 coming in the second half, as the Colts overcame a four point half time deficit to beat the Texans. He was limited in his ability to lead the offense in the first half by an uncharacteristic six dropped passes by his usually sure handed receivers. Each of the passes was catchable, and most of them would have resulted in first down plays that would have kept drives going. The dropped passes were partially responsible for the Colts having to settle for three field goals instead on touchdowns in the opening half. The second half started better as Manning opened up by completing 11 of his first 13 passes, including two touchdowns. The second touchdown pass would not have occurred if it was not for the second effort of Marvin Harrison, who somehow managed to keep his balance and forced his way into the end zone after appearing to be stopped on the two yard line.
Week 12 vs. SD
Passing: 32 - 44, 255 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Manning finished the first two quarters completing 16 passes that went for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception. On the interception, WR Marvin Harrison was open down the deep middle of the field, but the pass was under thrown and it was picked off by Chargers' CB Quentin Jammer. Prior to that pass, the quarterback had thrown 140 passes without an interception. Manning came back after the turnover and led the Colts on a touchdown scoring drive that ended with a 13 yard scoring toss to WR Anthony Gonzalez. The Indianapolis signal caller led the offense on three scoring drives in the second half, with the only touchdown coming when he hooked up with RB Dominic Rhodes for a one yard touchdown pass. On the drive that set up the game winning field goal, Manning was four of six for 36 yards as he moved the Colts to the Chargers' 33 yard line.
Week 13 vs. CLE
Passing: 15 - 21, 125 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 3 / -2 / 0
Manning was not impressive against the Browns. He could not consistently move the ball and seemed to have to constantly force the ball into tight spots. This led to two interceptions, and he never really moved the ball down the field like everyone has come to expect from him. He also attempted a QB-sneak from the goalline, but failed to get in.
Week 14 vs. CIN
Passing: 26 - 32, 277 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Manning looked like he was tuning up for some playoff football. The opponent may have been a weaker one, but he just dominated, throwing at will to the open receiver on any given pass play. It was one of those days that one suspects he could have doubled his total numbers if he had wanted to.
Week 15 vs. DET
Passing: 28 - 37, 318 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 0
Peyton Manning was his typical methodical self and posted a ho-hum (for him) QB rating of 110. He passed 37 times and completed 28 for 318 yards and one touchdown. He barely missed a second TD pass when Reggie Wayne caught a 39 yard pass but was tackled at the Lions' one yard line. Manning opened the game with a 14 play drive for a touchdown. When Detroit tied the score in the fourth quarter he responded by leading his team on a seven play 88 yard drive for the go ahead score. As a demonstration of his consistency, Manning called seven passes and seven runs on the Colts' first touchdown drive. On their last touchdown drive he called four passes and three runs.
It has been his improving play over the past seven games, as much as anything, that enabled the Colts to get back into the playoff hunt after their 3---4 start. Through the first seven games Manning had ten touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Over the last seven games he has thrown 13 TDs and just three picks.
Week 16 vs. JAX
Passing: 29 - 34, 364 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
It's tough to play any better than Manning did in this game. He opened up by completing his first 17 passes of the game, just five shy of the league record for consecutive completions to open a game (a record shared by Mark Brunell and David Carr). Even his first incomplete pass was a situation where the receiver broke off the route and not necessarily a bad pass by Manning. For much of the first half, the Colts attacked the Jacksonville defense with short passes over the middle. But as is often the case, the Jacksonville deep secondary was softened up just enough for WR Reggie Wayne to streak by them and get open deep. Manning easily found him for a 41 yard scoring strike for the Colts' first touchdown of the game. In addition to the score, Manning made a number of passes within drives that were truly remarkable. He was putting the football into such tight spaces and displayed remarkable awareness in the pocket, moving exactly when he needed to and releasing the football at precisely the correct time. It was vintage Manning all the way, and Jacksonville was almost helpless to try and do anything about it. His second touchdown was a short inside screen to Dominic Rhodes, who did most of the work on the play. The third score was a play-action fake where he found TE Dallas Clark wide open in the back of the end zone. Rhodes had actually appeared to score two plays earlier, but officials ruled him down and Manning's no huddle offense left no time to challenge the play. No word yet on whether Manning is playing against the Dominic Rhodes owner in his fantasy league championship game.
Week 17 vs. TEN
Passing: 7 - 7, 95 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Manning played early on in the game, getting the Colts on the board with its very first drive, going 7/7 for 95 yards and a touchdown. He and Coach Dungy decided to call it a day for him after this, likely so he could rest up for the playoffs and avoid injury.
Week 18 vs. SD
Passing: 25 - 42, 310 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Despite his offensive line giving him loads of time to throw for most of the first half, Manning was unable to take advantage of what had previously been a very porous San Diego defense. He didn't look very sharp at times, overthrowing a wide open Reggie Wayne early in the first quarter and nearly getting intercepted on three different occasions later on. He threw two balls that not only should have been intercepted, but also run back for touchdowns (one by Eric Weddle and one by Steve Gregory). In the second half, the Chargers did a better job of making Manning move his feet. On a fourth down pass, DE Luis Castillo flushed Manning from the pocket and forced an incomplete pass. Later, both Gregory and Antonio Cromartie had their hands on near-interceptions. At other times, Manning put the ball into incredibly tight spots with pinpoint accuracy.
Even Manning's lone touchdown pass was a product of a busted play defensively. Manning made a headsup up play as he caught the Chargers during a substitution and rushed the Colts up to the line for a no huddle formation. They didn't catch them on the substitution, but even better than that they caught CB Antonio Cromartie not paying attention. WR Reggie Wayne ran right by him and Manning lofted a perfect lob for the 72 yard touchdown pass.
By far, the costliest play turned in by Manning came on a third and two pass play late in regulation. All the Colts needed to do was pick up those two yards and the game would be over, needing just a handful of kneeldowns by Manning to make it official. For some reason, the Colts opted to throw the ball but left no one in the backfield to pick up the blitz. LB Tim Dobbins came flying in off the corner, and Manning (in a very un-Manning-like way) never saw the blitzer coming. He double-pumped his pass, and by then Dobbins was all over him for the sack. The Colts punted on the next play, and the Chargers tied the game with a field goal on that same possession.