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Week 5 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 31, Tennessee Titans 9
|QB Peyton Manning, Pass: 36 - 44 - 309 - 3 TD / 1 INT|
It is becoming clear that Peyton Manning is back to being the best QB in football this season. Manning torched the Titans defense for 3 TD's en route to his 5th straight 300 yard effort and at one point in the game completed 16 passes in a row. He honestly looks unstoppable right now and is hitting on all phases of his game all over the field. When he was pressured Addai & Clark caught a bunch of passes underneath and then when the defense adjusted, he killed them down field with passes to Wayne & Collie. Manning just seems completely comfortable and at ease taking what the defense gives him. Manning hit Wayne with a short fourth down TD to open up the scoring and help set the tone for the evening. He later hooked up with rookie Austin Collie on a pair of TD tosses, one of which was a nice touch pass into the back of the end zone. Manning could have easily had a 4th TD pass but Reggie Wayne had a rare drop in the end zone. Manning's lone mistake on the night was a short INT on which he was heavily pressured. At this point Manning and the Colts look like a well-oiled machine, mostly unstoppable.
|RB Joseph Addai, Rush: 14 - 27 - 1, Rec: 10 - 53 - 0 (10 targets)|
Addai was a focal point of the Colts offensive attack on Sunday night touching the ball a team leading 24 times. He was extremely effective as Peyton Manning's favorite check down option as he caught a season high 10 passes (on 10 targets) none for more than 13 yards. From a running perspective Addai at times looked indecisive at line and was held in check by a stout front 4 of the Titans. He was able to punch in a 1 yard TD run on a well designed trap. In the 3rd quarter Addai left game after getting kneed in the head by a teammate at the end of a play, but he returned after sitting out 2 offensive drives. At this point, Addai is in a 60/40 split with rookie Donald Brown.
|RB Donald Brown, Rush: 6 - 22 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)|
Brown was used sparingly on Sunday night touching the ball just 8 times for 35 total yards. Brown entered the game in the 3rd series (Addai allegedly comes out when he wants to according to the broadcasters) and was effective, but not spectacular when on the field throughout the game. He continues to run hard with good field vision and displays soft hands out of the backfield. He remains a decent flex play with a limited ceiling until his role grows with the Colts.
|RB Chad Simpson, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0|
Simpson entered the game on the Colts last series and got 9 yards in mop up duty.
|WR Austin Collie, Rec: 8 - 97 - 2 (9 targets)|
Collie had a career night setting career highs in receptions (8) and yards (97) while earning his first multi-TD game of his young career. Collie worked out of the slot virtually all night and was targeted early and often by Peyton Manning. Collie's first TD catch came on mismatch as he ate up LB Keith Bulluck, breaking two tackles on his way to a 39 yard TD scamper. He later caught a nice touch pass over the middle in the 3rd quarter for his 2nd TD of the night. Collie continues to improve week to week and seems to be becoming more involved in the Colts passing attack. It is unclear if he is now the true #2 WR in Indy, but for this week he looked like the #2 and played like a #1.
|WR Reggie Wayne, Rec: 6 - 60 - 1 (8 targets)|
The wily vet made the most of his opportunities going 6 for 60 and a TD. Wayne was mostly double-teamed so Manning looked to his other targets more frequently on Sunday night however he caught a key 4th down TD catch on a well designed pick play in the 1st quarter. This help set the tone for the rest of the game for the Colts offense. Wayne had a rare drop in the 4th quarter of a TD pass from Manning, but the game was out of reach by that point.
|WR Pierre Garcon, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (4 targets)|
Garcon was held in check by the Titans this week as he only ended up with a single catch for 9 yards. As we have seen over the first four games, Garcon does his damage on deep out routes. He was targeted on a couple of these this week but was overthrown by Manning both times. Look for him to resume his role as a dangerous stretch the field and after the catch WR next week.
|TE Dallas Clark, Rec: 9 - 77 - 0 (9 targets)|
Clark continues to look like this years Jason Witten. He simply torches defenders over the middle and down the field on every series and rarely makes a mistake. This night was no different. Clark caught 9 passes (on 9 targets) for 77 yards. At this point Clark and Manning are in a zone and appear to be on auto-pilot together. He is the premier TE in fantasy football circles through the first 5 weeks of 2009.
|QB Kerry Collins, Pass: 19 - 32 - 164 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Collins was largely ineffective at moving the Titans offense down the field on Sunday night. For the most part Collins simply managed the game vs. the Colts, taking what was given to him by a banged up Colts squad that was missing three starters in its secondary. However, even with the Colts secondary playing at less than 100%, Collins rarely pushed the issue down field to test them. He preferred short routes underneath as 13 of his 19 completions went to his TE's or RB's. His longest completion of the night went to Nate Washington for 23 yards and he threw an interception when Colts CB Tim Jennings wrestled a pass away from Nate Washington on the first drive of the second half. It is worth noting that the Titans continue to have a serious case of the dropsies. For the third straight game the Titans brought drives to a halt with drops. Moving forward there is sure to be people calling for the benching of Kerry Collins now that the team is 0-5, however another QB would not make a difference with this team right now. They are just not playing well.
|QB Vince Young, Pass: 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0|
Young saw action Sunday night entering with about 7 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, playing on the teams final two drives. Young did not complete a pass but did use his legs to run for a 1st down, stiff-arming two Colts on the way to a 6 yard scamper. We may be seeing more of Young in the coming weeks as the Titans are off to an 0-5 start, keep an eye on him in deep leagues if he is not rostered already.
|RB Chris Johnson, Rush: 9 - 34 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)|
The Colts clearly had a game plan on Sunday night to shut down the Titans most dynamic play maker and that was exactly what they carried out. Johnson was contained between the tackles all evening and never had a chance to break one lose. The leagues leading rusher heading into week 5 touched the ball just 11 times (9 carries/2 catches) and never found himself in open space. He did run hard and made a few of his brilliant cut-back moves, but he simply had no room. Johnson remains one of the league's most electric players, however until the Titans passing game opens things up a bit he may find himself slowed down in the coming weeks.
|RB LenDale White, Rush: 10 - 51 - 0|
LenDale White proved to be the more effective of the two Titan RB's on this night. White ran well with his typical power and no non-sense approach to hitting holes. The Colts defense was able to bottle him up for the most part, as his largest gain of the night was just 11 yards. White was not involved in the passing game and the majority of his production came late once the game was soundly out of reach. The Titans offense is going to need to get the ball into the red zone more frequently if owners want to get a good value return from White, until then he is barely a flex option.
|RB Ahmard Hall, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)|
Hall got a target and turned it into a nice catch early in the game for 7 yards. Aside from his catch, Hall was exclusively used as a blocker on Sunday night.
|WR Nate Washington, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (6 targets)|
Nate Washington finished the game with 3 catches for 37 yards. It appears that the Titans have settled into using Washington as a WR for short to intermediate routes which is a surprise considering the break-away speed he is graced with. One of Nate's targets turned into an interception as Colts CB Tim Jennings wrestled the ball from him on a pass that Washington should have had. Washington was responsible for the largest play from scrimmage on Sunday night for the Titans, a 23 yard gain. Washington later had a key third down catch for 10 yards that he fought hard for the marker on.
|WR Kenny Britt, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (5 targets)|
Britt was mostly a non-factor in the game on Sunday night. He was used mostly out of the slot and had a couple of costly 3rd down drops early in the game. The rookie remains a high-ceiling prospect moving forward but his production will be limited week to week while playing in this offense.
|WR Justin Gage, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (7 targets)|
Justin Gage was the most targeted Titan receiver on this night, but turned in a performance he would probably like to forget. Gage continues to drop passes on a weekly basis and one has to wonder how much longer Jeff Fisher will count on him in critical situations. Gage had a 3rd down pass bounced directly of off his hands and was later targeted in the end zone but could not break free from Colts rookie CB Jacob Lacey. His lone reception of the night came on a nice sideline catch over the top of his defender.
|TE Bo Scaife, Rec: 4 - 45 - 0 (4 targets)|
Scaife continues to be the Titans most sure-handed target, and he was Kerry Collins main down field target early in the game. Scaife caught everything thrown his way early on, mostly staying near the line of scrimmage as Collins favorite check-down option. The highlight of Scaife's evening came on a 18 yard catch over the middle of the field in heavy traffic. This catch put the Titans in FG range to help get them on the board. However as the game progressed we saw more of Alge Crumpler and Jared Cook.
|TE Alge Crumpler, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)|
Crumpler lined up in mostly two TE sets with Scaife on Sunday night and was targeted a handful of times, however he continues to look like a shell of his former self in the passing game. In his prime he had great hands, but these days it seems like he drops as many as he catches. On this night, that was the case yet again. Crumpler also committed a painful turnover early on when he fumbled a short reception. This took place when the game was still close and seemed to put the Titans offense into a funk they would never recover from.
|TE Jared Cook, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (4 targets)|
Rookie Jared Cook entered the game in the 3rd quarter and caught a few passes in the second half once the game was out reach. Cook looks to be the future of the TE position for the Titans and he continues to show consistent route running to go along with good hands. With the Titans off to an 0-5 start be on the lookout for more targets for the prospect in coming weeks.