Last week I dreaded writing the recap of the game against the Texans, as it was just painful to look at the defensive numbers. This week, however, I was itching to see just how well the Colts played, on both sides of the ball, against the Giants. If somebody asked you to describe the 2003-09 Colts, you could point to this game, and it would tell you everything you need to know. Opening drive touchdown, force a couple 3 and outs, Peyton Manning throws the ball perfectly for a long TD, strip sack, 2 minute drill TD, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis just pin their ears back and make pretty good OTs look like college freshmen, and the secondary just plays the Tampa 2 defense while they nurse a big lead. The stereotypical Colts game over the past 7 seasons, and it was great.
From Paul Kuharsky's recap on ESPN.com (emphasis mine):
The Colts' 23 first-half runs were the most before halftime since 1991. They haven't had a run-pass discrepancy as big as this (17 more runs) since 2006. The 160 rushing yards were their most since 2007. The Colts' 43 rush attempts were the most in a game since Manning joined the team in 1998.
Wait, did I read that right? The most rushes in the Manning era? Holy cow. I wonder if the 3 kneel downs at the end pushed it over the top, since those are counted as rush attempts too. Either way, it's nice to see a beatdown without Manning throwing the ball 40+ times. Speaking of that, Manning has thrown at least 43 passes in a game 38 times. Big discrepancy there, but very predictable.
Let's get to the numbers, where it was total domination on both sides of the ball:
Here are your Winning Stats for Week 2:
|Statistic||Offense||Rank||Defense||Rank||Off/Def Above||Off/Def Below||Record|
|Avg Start Pos||29.5||12||22.8||6||N||N||7-2|
|3 and Outs||3||10||7||2||Y||N||4-2|
|Penalty Yds / Play||0.786||18||0.472||28||N||N||4-4|
|Net Punts Yds/Game||40.40||17||41.17||20||N||N||4-3|
|Ranking - Week (32)||5||4||2|
|Ranking - Season (64)||8||7||2|
- Top 10 on offense in the top 7 categories, including tops in ANPY/A for the week at 11.5. Much can be written how the Colts ground game tore up the Giants, but Peyton had the best QB week in the league. Ho-hum.
- On defense the Colts finished in the Top 7 in 10 of 12 best categories (!?!), including Time of Possession/Drive and Yds/Drive, two stats that the defense has rarely been good in. That's how unbelievably good the defense played.
- All 7 of the best categories had the Colts Above Average on offense, and Above Average on Defense. Total Domination in everything important.
- So far this season, this was the 2nd best game played, only behind the Falcons killing the Cardinals on Sunday. Numbers wise, the offense in Week 1 was better than in Week 2, but that makes some sense. Remember, the Colts didn't do much in the 4th Quarter Sunday.
- Not to be a Debbie-Downer, but the 3rd/4th Down Conversion % is still low for the Colts, which is a little concerning. This definitely needs to be fixed, as it is key to the Colts success. They've been tops in the league for years now.
Season Totals through Week 2:
|Avg Start Pos||28.7||19||Bears||26.8||10||Saints||14-3||0.824|
|3 and Outs||2.00||4||Cowboys||4.50||8||Titans||7-3||0.700|
|Penalty Yds / Play||0.921||20||Dolphins||0.658||24||Ravens||10-7||0.588|
|Net Punts Yds/Game||34.10||27||Raiders||40.63||22||Jaguars||6-8||0.429|
Couple things here:
- The Colts are in the Top 5 in 10 different categories offensively, including all of the most important 7. Need to keep up the pace.
- Week 1 left the defense in with the dregs of the league defensively, but the Giants game certainly helped bring it up a lot, especially at the top of the table. One bad game + one great game = Average Defense. You can see that in the Overall number.
- So far this season, Turnovers are the most important stat, followed by Avg. Start Position and Red Zone Efficiency. Unsurprisingly, Yards/Carry is under .500
- I'm going to wait another couple of weeks to post full rankings, but right now the Colts are #4, behind the Falcons, Chargers, and Packers. Not too bad, especially considering how bad the Colts defense played against the Texans.