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Matthew Bonesteel
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Matthew Bonesteel

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Indianapolis at Minnesota, Week 2


Fun fact of the day: The Colts are 2-16 when Peyton Manning throws the ball more than 45 times in a game.

It was 2-15 entering the season, but that was before Manning passed 49 times in a 29-13 loss to the Bears in Week 1. Indianapolis could only manage 53 yards on the ground against a Chicago defense that stuffed the line of scrimmage and dared Manning to throw.

It didn't help the Colts' rushing attack that Joseph Addai suffered a head injury early in the fourth quarter and left the game. Addai, who is likely to play Sunday, topped the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season in 2007, but he hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 9 of last season. The Vikings, by the way, allowed an NFL-low 74.1 rushing yards per game last season, though they did give up 139 to the Packers in Week 1.

Switching sides, Indianapolis's run defense put on a missed-tackling clinic against the Bears and allowed rookie Matt Forte to rush for 123 yards. Now they have to contend with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Even veteran coach Tony Dungy looked rusty against the Bears. Down 22-13 and facing fourth and one early in the fourth quarter, Dungy reportedly overruled the call made by offensive coordinator Tom Moore and called a run, which was precisely the aspect of the Colts' game the Bears had stopped so well. Dominc Rhodes was swarmed for a two-yard loss, the Bears took over at midfield and needed only eight plays to score and put the game out of reach.

But it's not as if the Vikings were any better in their loss to Green Bay. Their first-half penalties (nine) almost outnumbered their first-half passing yards (16). Defensive end Jared Allen, their big offseason acquisition, didn't have a sack or a tackle. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson again failed to prove he can successfully throw a deep pass.

"I don't think it's in the state of alarm, but it's definitely a sense of urgency to try and get that first win," Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It's easy to imagine that a bunch of players on the Colts are saying the same thing.

By Matthew Bonesteel  |  September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Post Gameday Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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