Sunday, January 17, 2010
Short stuff: Manning vs. Flacco
By Paul Kuharsky
One last look back at the Colts’ win on Saturday over Baltimore shows us a dramatic difference in what Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco did with the short stuff during Indy's 20-3 win.
ESPN Stats & Information says Manning completed just one of seven pass attempts of 15 yards or more and threw his interception on a ball that traveled far in the air.
On passes that went 14 or fewer yards in the air, he was 29 of 37 for 226 yards, 6.1 yards an attempt, two touchdowns and an 89.1 passer rating.
Meanwhile after a field goal drive on the Ravens’ opening possession that provided Baltimore’s only points, Flacco also failed to do much downfield. He threw only five passes that traveled 10 yards or farther downfield, missing on all them -- except for the one that was picked off.
Manning is always willing to take what he can get. And it is a strategy he may have to lean on again Sunday against the Jets with the Super Bowl on the line.