Colts Roll, Peyton Beats Eli in Second “Manning Bowl,” 38-14

The Indianapolis Colts rocked, destroying the New York Giants in a 38-14 rout victory. Indianapolis, with their strong combination of running the ball and passing to create an unstoppable offensive attack, made the Giants look like small, terrified midgets as Peyton Manning repeats his victory as the “Manning Bowl” winner. Last time these two faced was in 2006,as the score was a 26-21 win. Now the victory is a 19-point difference.

The game wasn’t even a contest. By halftime, it was already 24-0 and Eli Manning didn’t even hit 25 yards passing. After a touchdown by the Giants, the Colts would get them on their next possession, where Robert Mathis caused a fumble and Fili Moala recovered it for six points the other to gain a 31-7 lead.

Though Manning really took it to Eli and the Giants, it all goes down that it is just a game. Manning probably cares more for his brother than this victory.

“I told him I loved him,” Peyton said of their ten-minute conversation after the game. “I think they will be fine. They play the Titans next week and we’ll being pulling hard for them to help us in the AFC South. We will do our best to help them when we play all these NFC East teams. I am proud of him and I love him.”

After a struggling, lopsided, and unprepared loss to the Houston Texans last week, the Colts returned to their AFC-Champions form today and showed that their not going down. It was a struggling game, however, for the Giants after knocking off the Carolina Panther last week, looking all tough and strong as they look to intimidate No. 18.

“We couldn’t get into a rhythm,” he said. “The whole first half, when you can’t get first downs, it’s hard as an offense to get into all your plays and your calls, and a lot of three-and-outs. They outplayed us, and that’s what it came down to.”

“I don’t know. It’s tough,” Archie Manning said of which son’s side he would choose to be on, although that is a very dumb question to ask by the press in my opinion.

What I was really proud of was the Colts’ running game. Joseph Addai would rush for 92 yards on 20 carries to bring a 4.6 yards-per-carry average. Addai couldn’t be stopped, as he was showing his great ball-carrier vision and toughness. Meanwhile, Donald Brown showed his blazing speed, going ahead for 69 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.

The Colts running game was so good, it set up a long fade-away touchdown to Dallas Clark. Peyton Manning would make a great play-action fake to heave it to No. 44. After that, he was in the end zone.

Manning would go 20-of-26 for 255 yards along with three touchdowns. He would end the game with a 145.5 rating. The other Manning, Eli, would go 13-of-24 for 161 yards along with two touchdowns and one interception. This would go along for a 85.6 rating. By halftime, his rating would be in the range of the 20’s at the best. He stepped up and showed he wasn’t a quitter in the second half, and I like that.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who is now the starting running back for New York this year, ran for 89 yards on 17 carries. Danny Ware would rush for 15 yards on two carries.

Mario Manningham played well, catching four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks, who was questionable to play this game, had two catches for 38 yards along with a touchdown. Reggie Wayne would have 96 yards on seven catches with a touchdown for the Colts. Clark would have five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

The Colts played excellent defense and were riding smoothly on all aspects of the game. Next week, they face the Denver Broncos. I expect another great game like this. I am very excited now that the Colts finally got back into running the ball well. I expect 900 rushing yards at the least for Joseph Addai currently. From what I saw from him and Brown, they can both be a very feared rushing attack for the Colts. I look to see a lot of what they did last night.

Peyton Manning and the Colts’ passing attack will be good as usual. I really hope Indy can play that kind of defense again, because that was truly amazing. One thing is that they need to tweak up that rush defense. However, Clint Session and Bob Sanders hope to return for next week, so it could help out a lot.

Great game Indy.


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