A post earlier pique my curiosity after multiple people posted/said that the loss of Kubiak was what caused the Texans to collapse. However the data doesn't support that. In the Texans last 5 games they have managed just 19 points in the 2nd half. In the first 2 games (the only ones that the Texans won) they posted 41 points. The Texans are statically preforming worse during the second half, scoring only 60 points in the 2nd half on the year.
Now, why the big talk about the Texans? It started me looking at the scoring breakdown of the Colts by quarter.
The Colts have scored 30 points in the first quarter.
The Colts have scored 69 points in the second quarter. Total first half points: 99
The Colts have scored 42 points in the third quarter.
The Colts have scored 59 points in the fourth quarter. Total second half points: 128
Here is what I see from the trend. It takes us a little while to wear down people in the first and third quarters, by the time the 2nd and 4th roll around the Colts are putting up the points. This is how a run heavy offense operates. Wear down your opponent and then when they are tired, knock them out. It seems to be working.
I wouldn't say 30 points is necessarily a slow start either. The Colts have been held scoreless in in 5 quarters: twice in the first, twice in the 3rd, and once in the fourth. Until last nights game the Colts were 15th in the NFL in scoring in the first quarter. Average, right, but in the 2nd quarter shoots up to 1st in points in the NFL. The 3rd has us ranked 13th and the 4th, 13th again.
You could argue that the 1st quarter is our worst, which would be statically true. I would argue that all the follow on success is based on the play style of the first quarter. I would argue that it isn't necessarily a slow start, it is setup time. Its like a boxer working his jabs in the first round to setup the big uppercut in the second. I think the numbers support me.