Colts' Peyton Manning Doesn't Mind at All When Running Game Leads the Way
A week after the Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw more passes than he ever had thrown in an NFL game in the regular-season opener, Manning handed off more times than he ever previously had done in a 13-year NFL career.
Manning, after completing 40 of a career-high 57 passes in a 34-24 Week 1 loss to Houston, handed off 43 times in a 38-14 victory over the New York Giants Sunday. The numbers, Manning said, told a revealing story.
"The way it went last week would be more the goal, I think," Manning said Wednesday as the Colts (1-1) prepared to play the Denver Broncos (1-1) at Invesco Field at Mile High Sunday. "It was more run than pass and I'd say that's been pretty rare around here. Twenty-six pass attempts compared to 57 -- that usually means you're probably scoring more points and being more effective.
"The first game, throwing that many attempts -- it means you're behind. It means you're being one-dimensional. Something along the lines of the way we balanced it out against the Giants is what we're shooting for. The main thing is you're looking for that production."
The Colts, after passing for 419 yards and rushing for 44 in Week 1, rushed for 160 and threw for 250 against the Giants.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell agreed with Manning that the latter breakdown is superior, but also said the reality is that in the Colts' offense -- with Manning calling plays at the line based on the opposing defense -- the Colts' balance often is often dictated by the opponent.
"We certainly would love to have that kind of balance each and every week, but every week is a little different," Caldwell said. "Every week depends on the situation. It depends on how the opponent decides to play the game. So we can't say that week in and week out it is going to be exactly that way.
"We may strive to have as much balance as we would like to have had in that game, but chances are there maybe a little compromise between the extremes."
Said Manning, "It was an excellent job on the run game on Sunday, but you want it to be a consistent thing and not an every-other-week type thing. There's no question it opens up so many things. It makes the quarterback's job easier and it makes the play-caller's job easier. You don't have to dial up creative ways to get yards and to get first downs. If you're going first down, second down, first down with the same running play, it makes a lot of jobs easier, I would say that."
The Colts' injury report Wednesday read as follows:
RB Joseph Addai (knee, did not participate), LB Gary Brackett (back, did not participate), DE Dwight Freeney (rested, did not participate), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring, limited participation), WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle, did not participate), LB Ramon Humber (hand, did not participate), OT Charlie Johnson (foot, did not participate), CB Jerraud Powers (foot, full participation), S Bob Sanders (biceps, did not participate), C Jeff Saturday (knee, limited participation) and LB Clint Session (hamstring, did not participate).
Session missed Sunday's victory over the Giants, while the team on Tuesday ruled out Sanders, Gonzalez and Humber for Sunday.