Swish: Reggie Wayne
Honorable mention: Joe Lefeged, Coby Fleener
There isn’t enough to say about Wayne’s performance on Sunday. The veteran made several dazzling catches, and reminded everyone why it was worth bringing him back as a weapon for Andrew Luck. Wayne finished the day with nine grabs for 135 yards, each of which best his 2011 single-game highs in both categories (8 receptions twice, 122 yards in Week 12 vs. Carolina). While Wayne turns 34 in November, and his All-Pro seasons are likely a thing of the past, his presence alone makes an impact. For a pass-catching troop that, outside of Donnie Avery and Austin Collie (when healthy), has zero NFL experience, Wayne is an excellent leader, teacher, and, for Luck, security blanket.
Brick: The Offensive Line
Honorable mention: LaVon Brazill, Adam Vinatieri
The Bears have a formidable front, and that can’t be understated. However, Luck was running for his life far too often yesterday afternoon. The line yielded three sacks, and a strip fumble, along with countless hurries. The interior of the line (McGlynn-Satele-Olsen) was especially problematic, as Henry Melton accounted for a pair of the sacks by himself. The running game wasn’t utilized much because the Colts were mostly playing from behind, but almost half of their 63-yard output came on two Donald Brown runs (18 yards each) on a second-quarter scoring drive. Outside of that, the Colts carried 13 times from 37 yards (about 3.3 ypc). Hopefully, Joe Reitz heals up soon because the situation at left guard is untenable.
Reitz is no Pro Bowler, but he's a steep upgrade from Seth Olsen at guard
Air Ball: Vontae Davis
Honorable mention: Donald Brown’s hands, Colts’ defensive line, Dan Dierdorf’s mouth
Yesterday’s game was not a stellar debut for a guy that the Colts took a major gamble on. Davis looked lost at times in coverage, and was beaten badly by rookie Alshon Jeffery on a 42-yard touchdown pass that was the final knockout blow. While I was critical of the trade, it’s unfair to make any brash determinations on Davis’s future based on one game. Today marks the two-week anniversary of his trade from Miami, meaning that he’s only had thirteen days to acclimate himself with the Colts, his teammates, and their defensive scheme. However, with Powers having his hands full against a nearly unstoppable Brandon Marshall, the Colts needed Davis to hold his own on the other side. He didn’t, and Cutler had a field day (18-24, 312 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT in the final three quarters) after a rocky start.