After a surprising Week 1 home loss to the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts seem to be getting back to their old ways.
The Colt’s offense is ranked second in the league in scoring (29.7), and third in the league in both passing (331.3) and total yards (412.7) per game. Even the defense appears to have rebounded after taking a beating at the hands of Arian Foster and the Texans.
A defense currently ranked near the bottom in several critical defensive categories, the team remains optimistic that they can get the job done.
And for good reason.
Over the last two weeks, the Colt’s have held their opponents to 14 points or less, the defensive line includes two of the leagues premiere pass rushers in Freeney and Mathis (who combine for all seven of the team’s sacks) and the young secondary appears to be coming around, despite the loss of safety Bob Sanders for the year.
The biggest surprise, however, hasn’t come from the Colt’s defense. Instead, it has been the early success of newly acquainted receiver Austin Collie, and the emergence of undrafted rookie Blair White that is beginning to turn heads.
Collie, who had a productive ’09 (60 receptions and seven touchdowns), is a fourth-round pick out of BYU, and is currently leading the league in receiving with 27 catches for 359 yards and four touchdowns in three games. As for White, Peyton’s newest toy, his three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown against a solid Denver secondary appears to be a sign of things to come.
Collie and White are taking full advantage of the much-deserved attention given to Pro Bowlers Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne, and Peyton Manning is showing us, once again, why he is one of the greatest football players ever to take a snap.
This week, Peyton Manning and the Colt’s head to Jacksonville to take on the struggling Jaguars (1-2). The Jags, who rank 29th in the league in pass defense (giving up almost 300 yards per game), will have their hands full trying to keep up with a growing group of talented Colt’s receivers.
Manning will attack the Jag’s secondary early and often, and don’t be surprised if Blair White finds himself in the end zone again Week 4. This is, however, what Manning does: He makes people better. Regardless of their talents (or the defense), Manning gets production. His ability to get the very best out of every receiver is what makes him the most efficient quarterback in the league.