Packers 34, Colts 14
Aaron Rodgers outplayed Peyton Manning on Sunday.
Ever think we’d be saying that?
Well it happened Sunday, as Rodgers went 21-of-28 for 186 yards and one touchdown, while Manning went 21-of-42 for 229 yards and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns by the Packers. The Packers jumped out to a 17-7 on the Indianapolis Colts halftime lead and never looked back.
The real story of Sunday’s game is the re-emergence of Ryan Grant, who had been basically useless for the first part of the season. Grant carried the ball 31 times, unheard of for this season, gained 105 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. Grant seems to be hitting his stride at the right time of the season, similar to the same time he hit it last year. The Packers would doubly appreciate last year’s Ryan Grant to make an appearance.
Rodgers did a good job of managing the offense, completing passes to eight receivers. Brandon Jackson was the leading receiver, catching six passes for 37 yards. Jackson has emerged as a solid backup option after being useless like the rest of the Packers running game for the first few weeks of the season. Donald Lee caught the touchdown pass from Rodgers early in the second quarter.
The defense is what shined for Green Bay on Sunday though. The highlights were two interception returns for touchdowns, a 62-yarder by Nick Collins in the third quarter and a 99-yarder by Aaron Rouse in the fourth, that helped put the game out of reach. Brandon Chillar led the defense with nine total tackles (seven solo) while cornerback Tramon Williams, subbing for the injured Al Harris, had seven solo and a forced fumble.
For the Colts, Dominic Rhodes had 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Dallas Clark led the receivers with eight receptions for 81 yards. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne combined for only four catches and 35 yards, showing a defensive prowess in a depleted secondary.
This is a solid win for the Packers going into a bye week, with the Tennessee Titans awaiting them after the bye.