Another great preseason win by our Colts, who beat the Browns 27-6. It's not only offense that has been impressing recently, but our defense as well, even the backup defense. Our first team have been outplaying the other team's first team as well. Even against the Bills we held the lead and looked pretty good on defense when we had our starters out there. Our first teamers this week allowed no points at all and a turnover. Greg Toler is looking really good. He had an interception against the Giants and now a forced fumble this week against the Browns. I think our running game looked better this week. We had some nice gains but also had some negative yard rushes but in the end it was all positive yardage. Let's break down each category:
Andrew Luck looked really good against the Browns minus the interception off the hands of Havili. Luck was 16 of 25, 164 yard, 2 TD, and 1 INT with a passer rating of 92.8. Luck was accurate against the Browns with a completion percentage of 64%. Brandon Weeden was 12 of 25, 112 yards, 0 TD, and 0 INT with a passer rating of 60.8. Weeden's completion percentage was 48%. Luck outplayed Weeden in every statistical category except interceptions. For the backups, it was evenly played but Campbell had more attempts, yards, and completions but had a similar passer rating to Hasselbeck. Jason Campbell was 8 of 14 for 112 yards, 0 TD, and 0 INT with a passer rating of 83.1. Matt Hasselbeck was 5 of 9 for 59 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and had a passer rating of 75.8. Harnish didn't really play at all. He was taking snaps but was only handing the ball off the Kerwynn Williams. Brian Hoyer of the Browns did not look good and was 2 of 4 for 11 yards and had 0 TD but 1 INT. I think Hoyer's passer rating was along the lines of a 0.0 rating. The Colts win this category due to the strong performance by Luck.
The Colts actually handedly won this category. Vick Ballard had 10 carries for 33 yards. Donald Brown had 5 carries for 35 yards with a 22-yard run. Kerwynn Williams had 37 yards on 9 carries with a 27-yard run. Davin Meggett had 3 carries for 20 yards. If you want to include non-runningbacks, Andrew Luck had 4 carries for 20 yards and DHB had a 6-yard run on an end-around. The Colts totaled up 149 yards rushing and a team rushing average of 4.4. The Browns had 90 yards less rushing than the Colts. Trent Richardson had 7 carries for 31 yards. Chris Ogbonnaya had 1 carry for 4 yards. Brandon Jackson had 5 carries for 8 yards. Brandon Weeden also had 1 carry for 5 yards and Jamaine Cook had 2 carries for 11 yards. The Browns only had 49 yards rushing and a team rushing average of 3.7. The Browns did not run the ball much but the Colts did so that is why they had a lot more yards. Plus, when we ran the ball, we got more yards. The Colts win this category easily.
The Colts receivers looked good catching passes but the Browns receivers did not. Reggie Wayne had 7 catches for 79 yards. Darrius Heyward-Bey had 3 catches for 33 yards. T.Y. Hilton had 2 catches for 19 yards and a touchdown. Stanley Havili had 2 catches for 18 yards and a touchdown. Griff Whalen had 4 catches for 57 yards and a 28-yard catch. Dominique Jones had 1 catch for 13 yards. Vick Ballard had 1 catch for 4 yards and Robert Hughes had 1 catch for 2 yards. The Browns had a lot of dropped passes. Cordell Robertson had 2 catches for 34 yards. Josh Gordon had 2 catches for 24 yards. Greg Little had 3 catches for 28 yards. Josh Cooper had 2 catches for 16 yards. Jordan Cameron had 2 catches for 7 yards. Trent Richardson had a 10 yard catch and Owen Merecic had a 15 yard catch but fell down catching it and gained most of the yards after getting up. There were a few other receivers that caught passes for the Browns but it is not necessary to name them. The Colts win this category with the productivity of there starting wide receivers.
The Colts offensive line looked really decent. They opened up a lot of holes for the runningbacks on offense and did not allow a lot of sacks. Paul Kruger had the only sack for the Browns but they were credited with a team sack when Hasselbeck fumble it and landed on it. Andrew Luck looked comfortable in the pocket and was only hit a few times. The Browns offensive line allowed three sacks and did not open a lot of running holes for Trent Richardson and especially Brandon Jackson. Hugh Thornton looked good in his first NFL game and ever pancaked a Brown's player. I know they were playing the Browns, but the Cols offensive line looked good and actually won this category.
The Colts defense has not allowed 1 TD the past two games. The starters did not allow any points at all yesterday and forced a turnover. Weeden had a scoring drive on 5 of 6 drives this preseason. Against the Colts, he had six drives that resulted in no points. Greg Toler forced a fumble and then recovered it. LaRon Landry played his first game with the Colts and had three tackles. Pat Angerer came back from injury and also made three tackles. Mario Harvey led the team in tackles with 5 and had a sack. Caesar Rayford was unstoppable again with two sacks and a forced fumble. Rayford is pretty much a shoe-in for a roster spot. Larry Asante had a 48-yard interception for a touchdown. Asante might be able to add more depth at the safety position. Not much happened for the Browns defense. They allowed 20 points and allowed twice as many first downs than the Colts' defense. The Colts' defense allowed 13 first downs. The Browns' defense allowed 26 first downs. Paul Kruger had sack and Tashaun Gipson had an interception off the hands of Stanley Havili on the Browns' 2-yard line. The Colts defense is looking better and better every week and I would be surprised if the defense does not do better than last year. Obviously, the Colts win this category.
Kick returning looked good for the Colts. Kerwynn Williams had 1 return for 39 yards to start the game off and recently acquired WR David Reed had a 27-yard return. CB Johnson Badermosi of the Browns had 3 returns for 24 yards, which means he averaged 8 yards per return. So kickoff coverage was excellent this week. Marshay Green had a great punt return for the Colts. He caught the punt at the IND 15 and took it to the CLE 47 on a 38-yard punt return. The Browns did not have a punt return in the game. Adam Vinatieri was 2 for 2 on field goals and Shayne Graham was also 2 for 2 on field goals. Punting was really similar. Pat McAfee had 5 punts for a 36.2 yard average but had 3 inside the 20. Spencer Lanning for the Browns had 7 punts for a 39.6 average and had 2 inside the 20. Special Teams was pretty much even so I say this one ended in a tie.
So, the Colts pretty much won every category and tied in one category. The Colts offense looked goo and so did the defense but they were also playing the Browns. Then again, they played similarly against the Giants but this week we were running the ball well. So the Colts are now 2-1 in preseason and will finish it up at Cincinnati in Week 4. The starters might play one drive but it will be almost entirely backups playing the whole game. A great win for the Colts and hopefully they carry this over into the regular season.