Colts target Dallas Clark in red zone

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>SAN DIEGO -- ESPN Stats & Information has picked up its game for the playoffs and provided us with some quality info leading up to Saturday night's Colts-Chargers wild-card game.</p> <p><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1428" shape="rect" target="_new">Peyton Manning</a> has done well spreading the ball around, but a close look offers further evidence that <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=939" shape="rect" target="_new">Marvin Harrison</a> has slipped. Here's a look at Indy's passes to <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2578" shape="rect" target="_new">Reggie Wayne</a>, <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4482" shape="rect" target="_new">Dallas Clark</a>, Harrison and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10476" shape="rect" target="_new">Anthony Gonzalez</a>:</p> <table align="center" border="0"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table bgcolor="#c0c0c0" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tr><td bgcolor="#005b00" colspan="5" rowspan="1"><font color="#ffffff" face="Verdana" size="1"><strong> Colts' Pass Distribution</strong> </font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong> </strong></font><br clear="none" /> </td><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Wayne</strong></font></td><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Clark</strong></font></td><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Harrison</strong></font></td><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Gonzalez</strong></font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Thrown to</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">126</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">104</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">103</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">78</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Receptions</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">82</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">77</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">60</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">57</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Comp. %</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">65.1%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">74.0%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">58.3%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">73.1%</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Pct. of team's att.</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">21.5%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">17.8%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">17.6%</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">13.3%</font></td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> <p>Wayne was targeted the most and caught the most passes, but the shape of the Colts' passing game changes when they get into the red zone, where Clark becomes the primary target.</p> <table align="center" border="0"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table bgcolor="#c0c0c0" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tr><td bgcolor="#005b00" colspan="5" rowspan="1"><font color="#ffffff" face="Verdana" size="1"><strong> Colts' Pass Distribution In The Red Zone</strong> </font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong> </strong></font><br clear="none" /> </td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Wayne</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font size="1"><font face="Verdana"><strong>Harrison</strong></font></font><br clear="none" /> </td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Clark</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Gonzalez</strong></font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Receptions</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">10</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">16</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">5</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">Yards</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">21</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">62</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">106</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">40</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">TD</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">2</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">6</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">4</font></td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> <p> One point on the defensive side:</p> <p>Safety <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5569" shape="rect" target="_new">Bob Sanders</a> missed 10 games this season with ankle and knee issues. He'll play in this game, though it's unclear if he will be able to hold up for four games if the Colts make a run.</p> <p>But his team's run defense clearly benefits from his presence. Since 2006, the Colts have given up 124.1 yards per game and 20 rushing touchdowns with him in 20 games, and 151.9 ypg and 28 rushing touchdowns in 22 games without him.</p>

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