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Okay, so what happened on the first two interceptions?

I don't have a tape of the game and I'm sure many of you do.  They hardly showed any replays of the first interception at all, so I don't know if my analysis is correct.  We like to line up in a bunch formation on one side with Holmes isolated on the other side and have him run either out or post routes.  From what I saw of Holmes' route it looked like he was trying to fake the DB into thinking he was running a post and then get behind him for a big play.  It looked to me like Ben didn't set his feet and square up to make the throw and as a result badly underthrew an open Santonio Holmes.  This interception was a terrible decision by Ben.  He has a nasty habit of throwing w/o setting his feet.

On the second interception I believe Indy blitzed and Holmes was the hot read.  Ben threw the ball ahead of Holmes but Holmes stopped and the ball got picked off.  I don't know whether Holmes was supposed to keep running or not (often times the receiver is supposed to find an open spot and then stay there).  I also don't know whether that pass would have been complete if Holmes had kept running, the DB was in pretty good position to at least break it up.  I don't think we had any other open guys though because I think Moore stayed in to pick up the blitz.  I think Ben made the correct decision to throw to Holmes there, just with terrible results - then again I don't have the tape, so if someone else was open on that play let me know.

Overall, our passing offense made progress today.  Ben was generally throwing the ball to open guys (30/42 for 280 yards).   The second interception might not have even been his fault.  I think that possibly due to missed practice there was miscommunication between Ben and his receivers - there was a 3rd down play in the first half where Ben thought Ward was running an in route or a post and Ward ran deep instead - the result was a FG instead of a first down and possible TD.

You know what they say in sports, "you're never as good as your best statistical performances make you look and you're never as bad as your worst statistical performances make you look."  In his last 10 quarters, Ben has 8 interceptions - only 2 of which were clearly the result of bad decision making on his part.  2 were on Hail Mary passes, 1 was on 4th down, 2 were on batted balls and 1* was because Holmes stopped running.  The other 2 were definitely due to stupid decisions by Ben.  I noted the last one with an asterisk because Holmes may have been supposed to stop running.

Anyways, let me know what you think.

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