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Monday, October 21, 2013
Upon Further Review: Colts Week 7

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of five hot topics from the Indianapolis Colts' 39-33 victory against the Denver Broncos.

Andrew Luck
Statistically, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, 12, outplayed counterpart Peyton Manning.
No disrespect to Peyton: Cornerback Vontae Davis has been hearing from a lot of people about his slip-up for accidentally referring to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning as New England's Tom Brady during a postgame interview. “I slipped up and caught myself, I meant Peyton,” Davis said. “Shoot, they’re both similar quarterbacks. They’re great quarterbacks. It wasn’t an insult. You have nightmares about both of those guys. I’m pretty sure they’re going to get me with ‘C'Mon Man’ [on ESPN].”

Luck better than Manning: The fine folks at ESPN Stats & info said Andrew Luck had a better quarterback rating than Manning on Sunday. The second-year quarterback had four total touchdowns -- three passing and one rushing. Manning was sacked four times, the most he's been taken down since Week 12 of the 2007 season. Luck’s QBR was 65.4 compared to a season-low 57.9 for Manning.

Still perfect: Luck has yet to lose back-to-back games as a Colt. They had a complete team effort, especially the defense, which sacked Manning four times and also intercepted him. Manning had been sacked only five times all season. “This team has been able to bounce back,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “They find a way to -- win or lose -- put the last one behind. It doesn’t matter who is really coming into town.” The Colts are 7-0 following a loss under Luck and Pagano.

Solid recoveries: Tight end Coby Fleener and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had a difficult time catching the ball in the Colts’ Week 6 loss to San Diego. Both players put that game behind them and gave a solid contribution against the Broncos. Heyward-Bey had four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown, and Fleener contributed five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, and he even tried to leap over a defender on a catch-and-run play.

Strong team running attack: The Colts didn’t have anybody stand out individually in the rushing department. Trent Richardson led them with 37 yards. But Indianapolis rushed for 121 yards on 31 carries. The Colts are now 10-0 since 2012 when they have at least 30 rushing attempts. Five players, including a 30-yard run on a reverse by Heyward-Bey, had at least one attempt. Luck’s 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter is the eighth since 2012, which is second only behind Cam Newton's 10 for Carolina. The Colts are eighth in the league in rushing at 129.3 yards a game.