Peyton Manning vs. Rex Grossman
What was I thinking when I wrote in yesterday's staff predictions that Grossman would have "a solid game"? To be fair, both Grossman and Manning began the game looking as jittery as 12-year-olds at their first school dance, but Grossman never recovered. The former Florida Gator threw for just 32 yards in the first half, lost a mishandled snap that the Colts nearly converted into a score and threw a pass that was intercepted by cornerback Kelvin Hayden and returned 56 yards for a touchdown with 11:44 left in the fourth quarter. Grossman's attempt to spark the Bears on the ensuing series backfired when safety Bob Sanders intercepted a 40-yard bomb intended for wide receiver Bernard Berrian. Grossman's futility was defined on one series in the third quarter when a second-and-one from the Colts' 45-yard line ended with a sack and another botched snap. On the flip side, Manning wasn't sharp either. He threw a duck on the Colts' first possession that was intercepted by safety Chris Harris and fumbled a handoff to running back Joseph Addai. But Manning did find wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a beautiful 53-yard strike in the first quarter that Manning created by stepping up into the pocket and giving Wayne time to split the cornerback and safety. Winner: Manning.