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Blowout in the Desert

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The Colt defense that showed up to play on Sunday night looked much more like the one that opened the season, than the one that made the trip to Miami just a week ago.

The Colts dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and harassed Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner all night long, recording 4 sacks, 13 hits and 5 additional knockdowns. The limited the Arizona’s passing game to an average of just 6.4 yards per reception, while completely shutting down the rushing attack, giving up just 24 yards on 12 carries. They also recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery – the Cardinals are now 1-15 under Ken Whisenhunt, in games where they lose the turnover battle.

Offensively, after three consecutive three-and-out possessions to start the game, Peyton finally got things going and never looked backed. Earlier in the week he was selected to the All Decade team and on Sunday he showed why, completing 24 of 35 passes for 379 yards, 4 touchdowns to four different receivers, and a lone interception (hit while releasing). He averaged 10.8 yards per and racked up a passer rating of 130.5.

Peyton completed passes to six different receivers – a minimum of three to five of them. Donald Brown only recorded one reception, but it was good for 72 yards before getting tripped up inside the ten yard line. Reggie Wayne led the charge with 7 receptions for 126 yards and Pierre Garcon had his second straight game with a TD reception of 40+ yards (53yds).

The Colts had 505 yards of total offense as the running game finally got going with 31 carries for 126 yards (4.1 per carry). Not bad for an offense that lost its most prolific receiver in team history (Harrison), his projected backup (Gonzales) to injury, and had serious questions about the Offensive line heading into the season. Is it possible that this offense could be better without Marvin? Imagine the possibilities when Gonzo is healthy enough to return, (albeit it may now be at the slot position).

The Colts once again go undefeated for the month of September, and will now look to keep the momentum going. They find themselves with a minimum 2 game lead on everyone in the division, as the Texans and Titans both lose again. They now get a little reprieve as they return home next Sunday for a game with the Seahawks, before going back on the road for two more games (along with the Bye week).


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2 Responses to “Blowout in the Desert”

  1. Mark Meko says:

    Excellant review Chaz! I can only imagine what we would have accomplished with everyone healthy. Imagine Sanders,Brackett and Hagler envolved.That would have proven to be an even more embarrassing performance for the Cards.

  2. Casey says:

    They had the Cardinals from the beginning. Peyton is showing everybody why he is the #1 QB in the NFL.

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