Manning, Clark precise in Detroit

August, 29, 2009
8/29/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

A couple of observations out of the Colts' 18-17 loss at Detroit Saturday afternoon:

 
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  Dallas Clark looked to be in midseason form against the Lions on Saturday.

Peyton was precise: The team has to feel like Peyton Manning is ready to go. He was sharp and in control and they won't feel compelled to give him much work, if any, on Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Dallas was featured: The NFL's official stat book on a game has a new feature this year, keeping track of how many times receivers are targeted. Dallas Clark was targeted six times against the Lions and he caught all six balls. He looked like he could have done virtually anything he wanted.

Wait and see: Joseph Addai averaged just 3.1 yards a carry and Donald Brown was at 3.2. But Addai looked really good running on a short catch that turned into a 21-yard play and Brown squirmed into the end zone from 2 yards out to cap a long drive. And the Colts didn't even try to run in the first half, with five handoffs producing three yards. We're just not going to have a good sense about the run game until we see the real thing. But that Addai reception really got my attention.

Wait and see II: The story is the same with the Colts' run defense. Detroit had 22 carries in the first half for 103 yards and a 4.7-yard average. If we're going to allow for concern from a preseason game, this might rate as the biggest.

Third down: On offense, it didn't even matter much in the first half, when the Colts converted two of their four chances. On defense, two stops in eight first-half chances isn't enough.

No Sorgi: There was the possibility we'd see Jim Sorgi for the first time this preseason, but the No. 2 quarterback who's coming off of a hamstring injury didn't play. If he's good to go on Thursday, he could get the bulk of the work in Cincinnati.

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