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2010 Indianapolis Colts Pre-Season: Indy Suffers Big Time in 59-24 Loss to Packers

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Aaron Rodgers rocked in the Green Bay Packers’ steamrolling Week Three pre-season win over the Indianapolis Colts. And he seriously rocked the house in Lambeau Field, throwing three touchdowns. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 195 yards, going along for a 124.9 rating.

The Packers went on their way to score six offensive touchdowns, including two on special teams formations, to go ahead for a 59-24 blowout over the Colts. This brings the Colts down to a 0-3 record, while Green Bay improves to a 2-1 record. All things are going good for the Packers, and they hope to start the regular season off strong.

“When we get into a rhythm like we have this preseason on offense, we’re going to be tough to stop,” Rodgers said. “It’s fun.”

However, the Colts could care less about this after what happened to their players. Joseph Addai suffered a concussion and left the game in the third quarter. He said he felt fine, but felt dizzy afterwards. Gary Brackett hurt his right hand, and according to the results, they came back negative.

“Really, they didn’t do any tests, they didn’t need to,” Addai said. “I was fine. If I needed to go back in, I could’ve.”

Both injuries are not very serious and they’ll be ready for the season-opener for the Houston Texans. However, they will most probably not be available for next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals for the pre-season finale. Jim Caldwell is getting updates on injuries and couldĀ  also care less about the score.

“It wasn’t 59 points against our starters, it was 59 points overall,” Caldwell said.

Peyton Manning played great, too, throwing for 214 yards with two touchdowns and only one interception. This went along for a 94.1 rating. Indy was up 17-7, but Rodgers delivered and help the Packers get back, 28-17, by halftime. But the concerns for Indy is about staying healthy as cornerback Jacob Lacey left the game with a concussion, Tony Ugoh hurt his toe, and Antonio Johnson had a groin injury.

“Obviously the score got away at the end, which is certainly possible in the preseason; you’re playing a lot of young guys,” Manning said. “Offensively, some things that we did well, but as with most preseason games, some things that we can certainly improve on.”

Indy played without Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark.

Back-up Curtis Painter had a miserable performance, again, passing for 97 yards and going six-of-eleven. He also had zero touchdowns and an interception, which went along for a 46.4 rating. Packers’ backup Matt Flynn outperformed Painter, throwing 80 yards while going eight-0f-13 with two touchdowns. This went along for a 118.6 rating.

Addai ran the ball well, rushing for 60 yards on seven carries, which goes for a 8.6 yards per carry average. But he mainly got it off a 49-yard burst. Mike Hart finished behind with eight yards on two carries. Ryan Grant ran for 36 yards on eight carries, which goes a 4.5 yards per carry average. Kregg Lumpkin finished behind with nine carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Reggie Wayne had seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Garcon had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Jermichael Finley finished strong for Green Bay, catching six passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Donald Driver would finish behind with a touchdown while catching five passes for 35 yards.

Pre-season finale will be this Thursday. But what I am really focused on is the regular season is coming up. And Indy needs to be ready and healthy for that. Because that is when things really start to kick in.

That’s when you get serious.


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