If you were shocked by the Indianapolis Colts 42-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon, I have a few quick words of advise for you. Stop watching football…seriously, do yourself a favor and find something else to do with your Sundays because you just don’t get it my friend. This is not a personal attack, rather a gentle nudge in the appropriate direction. There are plenty of other Indianapolis sports teams who could use some loyal fans so have at it.
Now that they have left the room lets get down to business.
The Colts came out firing as expected and picked up right where they left off prior to last weekend’s bye. Peyton Manning spread the ball around on Indy‘s first possession, but hooked up with Hoosier favorite Reggie Wayne four times during the opening drive. The pair of perennial Pro Bowlers capped off the drive with a 4-yard hook up that put Indianapolis on the board, and proved to be the game winner.
A quick note to those of you who were addressed in the opening paragraph but stuck around, NFL games are not usually won on the opening drive.
St. Louis did show some signs of life on their opening drive when quarterback Marc Bulger hooked up with receiver Donnie Avery on a 50-yard flea-flicker. The drive eventually stalled and resulted in the first of two St. Louis field goals. Manning and the Colts responded with another impressive offensive drive that ended with Indy’s prettiest play of the day; a perfectly placed 27-yard pass hauled in by Dallas Clark and his finger tips… the rout was on.
At one point during the game there were concerns that the Edward Jones Dome’s ceiling would have to be propped up because the St. Louis fans were just so deflated. No two teams in the NFL have a bigger disparity between them at the present moment. While St. Louis has not won a game in over a calender year–Sunday marks their 17th consecutive loss– the Colts have won their last 15 regular season games.
Even the NFL’s premier clipboard holder made short work of the Rams this weekend. The Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Jim Sorgi entered the game late in the fourth quarter and needed to call just one play to add to the Indy lead. Sorgi dropped back and handed off to Chad Simpson, who ran left for a 31-yard run that resulted in his first ever touchdown.
The one bright spot for the St. Louis Rams during Week 7 was their running back Steven Jackson. In an age where professional athletes demand trades at the drop of a hat, Jackson just puts his head down and goes to work–week in and week out. The dreaded dreadlocked runner had 23 carries for 134 yards today and was often seen carrying multiple Colts defenders on his back.
Each week we here at funcityfinder.com will give you a quick rundown on what went down.
WHAT WE LOVED…
- Even though Peyton Manning snapped his consecutive 300+ yards per game streak today. You would be kidding yourself if you think he cared. Manning was 23/34 for 235 yards 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with a passer rating of 116.7. If you didn’t know this already these are very good numbers.
- Dwight Freeney recorded a sack in his 7th consecutive game. Sunday’s take-down brings his season total to 7 sacks in 6 games so far this year.
- Indianapolis Colts fans all over Indiana have to be impressed by rookie corner back Jacob Lacey’s performance to date. Lacey was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State who has fought hard for his playing time. In Sunday’s game he recorded his first ever interception which he then decided to take to the house for a pick six.
- Speaking of interceptions, it was nice to see Kelvin Hayden back in the Colts secondary on Sunday. Hayden who had a INT of his own, had missed the last three Colts games due to injury.
- Colts safety Bob Sanders was back in the lineup for the first time since last year. While Sanders had a quite day and was seen leaving the field after the third quarter, there are no reports of an injury to No. 21. The Colts most likely felt there was no need to push Sanders during a game that was already decided.
- While the Rams are not the same team of old that was dubbed “the greatest show on turf” at the beginning of this decade, the Colts defense as a whole continues to impress.
- The Indianapolis Colts have scored 30+ points in four straight games now and Sundays’s 42 is the Colts highest total since Week 14 of the 2007 season.
- Austin Collie continued to show improvement on the field. Not only did Austin have 4 catches for 36 yards and a touchdown, but he also looked good off the ball with timely blocks and a fumble recovery.
- Even though it has already been mentioned, it deserves repeating. The Indianapolis Colts extended their regular season win streak to 15 games now with their win over the St. Louis rams on Sunday. This is a franchise record
- In other news it appears that Hank Baskett really does play for the Colts. Baskett made his first reception as a member of the Blue Horseshoes. Even if he never plays another down for Indianapolis he will be one of the few people who can ever say they caught a pass from Peyton Manning. Not bad Hank, not bad.
- Once again a tip of the cap goes out to Jim Caldwell who became only the fifth rookie head coach since the 1970 merger to start his career off at 6-0. This season has proven to be a much easier transition than most expected.
WHAT WE COULD LIVE WITHOUT…
- When your team plays games where the result feels like a foregone conclusion, the biggest fear as a fan is that your team will suffer unnecessary injuries. The Indianapolis Colts were not immune to this on Sunday.
- Donald Brown missed part of the second quarter and was in street clothes during the second half. Brown suffered what is being classified as a shoulder sprain after a 13-yard carry. Donald only had two touches before being sidelined, including a burst for a 45-yard gain on his first carry of the day.
- Reggie Wayne suffered a sprained groin in the second quarter. Although Reggie played all of the second half, he seemed to be cautious with his speed bursts. Both injuries will be further assessed when Indy gets back to their training facilities on Monday.
- The “Flying Frenchman” Pierre Garcon had a tough day on Sunday. He was stripped of the ball in the first half , dropped several passes, had possible catches batted away and was called for offensive pass interference in the fourth quarter to put the cherry on top. With this said, things need to be put into perspective. This is only his second year in the NFL and he only had four catches all of last season. While Sunday was rough on the young wide out, you can guarantee that the coaching staff in Indy will use this as a learning experience.
Yes, there were records..again.
- Peyton Manning passed Warren Moon for fourth on the NFL’s all-time pass completion list with 3,989.
- If you didn’t read it before shame on you for skimming this article. The Indianapolis Colts added another win to what was already a franchise record for consecutive regular season wins. The number now stands at 15.
- Speaking of consecutive wins, the Colts won their 8th consecutive regular season road game on Sunday, a new franchise record.
The Indianapolis Colts start a three game home stand in downtown Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium next week when they invite the San Fransisco 49ers to town. The 49ers started the season off strong but have faded as of late. They enter Indy with a record 3-3 and are trying to figure out their quarterback situation. Check back with us on Friday for a preview of this Week 8 match up.
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