The Indianapolis Colts came away with a disappointing 27-26 loss in their second preseason game against the New York Giants to move to 0-2, but it was truly a complete performance all around for the starters in the loss.
Andrew Luck and the first-string offense got to play a little past the first quarter and made the most of their possessions. Luck found Griff Whalen early for a touchdown and played well overall, completing two-thirds of his passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Hakeem Nicks seemed to already have his timing down with Luck and stepped up in the absence of both Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, catching five passes for 53 yards. The running game wasn't very productive all night, but the passing game was consistent in the first half, even with Matt Hasselbeck under center.
The offense was able to produce, but it was the starting defense that really opened some eyes, completely shutting down the Giants and their offense. The Giants were unable to put up anything in the first half, giving up just 48 yards of offense and only seven passing yards. Eli Manning finished his day going just 1-of-7 with six yards and a sack.
Unfortunately, the backups were unable to hold onto a 26-0 lead. Ryan Nassib was able to come in and lead the Giants on some late drives, giving them the 27-26 lead.
The Colts will play the New Orleans Saints next week, but before that game, let's take a look at grades for each unit on the roster after the big win against the Giants. These unit grades are based off of the performances of everyone who played, but are weighted more heavily toward the starters.