Looking robotic at times, Manuel "aimed" his passes and had trouble getting through his progressions. The strong arm and quick wheels that got him drafted in the first round were evident, however. Manuel did not throw an interception, but he was credited with a fumble after a botched handoff to Spiller.
Here's what else we learned during Sunday's game:
- Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett promised to feed Spiller the football until he pukes, and the early game play-calling suggested that will indeed be the case. Spiller was just as electric as last season, gashing the Colts for runs of 15 and 17 yards on his first two carries. Fred Jackson lost a step last season and failed to regain it Sunday. Now 32 years old and coming off knee problems, Jackson simply doesn't move well laterally.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey bounced back from a knee scare to start opposite Reggie Wayne in the Colts' two-wide receiver sets, but he's going to have his hands full keeping the freakishly talentedT.Y. Hilton at bay. Coach Chuck Pagano offered yet another glowing review after Hilton toasted cornerback Ron Brooks on a diving, 45-yard touchdown catch.
- Luck's tight connection with Coby Fleener carried over from practices to Sunday's game. Fleener did a nice job of slipping a tackle on a 23-yard catch-and-run only to fumble at the end of the play.
- Speaking of Colts tight ends, the team received good news on Dwayne Allen's foot injury. Although Allen was sporting crutches and a walking boot Sunday, Pagano "absolutely" expects him back for the regular-season opener. Allen tweeted early in the day that he was confident he would be back on the field "very soon." Pagano has set that timetable at a couple of weeks.