Over the last couple weeks we've looked at the best Offensive games, as well as the best Defensive games for both the Colts and in the NFL, but now it's time to look at the flip side: the worst games. This week we'll look at the Offense, and as you can imagine, one game stood out in multiple categories. Let's dive into some stats that don't look pretty.
|Orange Zone Eff||Cowboys||16||7-42||29.2%|
|Avg Start Pos||Redskins||13||49-27||20.0|
|3 and Outs||Cowboys||16||7-42||6.29|
|Penalty Yds / Play||Redskins||13||49-27||1.535|
- The Cowboys game shows up six times in our list, including just 17 yards per Drive, under four Yards per Play, and those putrid rushing numbers. It's best we just forget that afternoon happened.
- You see the Week 17 game against the Titans showing up a couple times, which means we saw a good picture of what would happen were Andrew Luck to get hurt and Matt Hasselbeck forced into duty. Let's not have that happen.
- The Colts had their worst passing day in the worst possible game: the AFC Title game against the Patriots, with just a little over 1.5 ANPY/A. That's not what you want in the biggest game of the year, but sadly it's what we saw.
- In a year of so many turnovers for the Colts, and a bunch of wins, it's only fitting the most came in a win over the Ravens. We've talked at length about the Colts struggles with Turnovers throughout the season, and that's needs to be point of emphasis #1 for them this offseason.
- I don't remember 3rd/4th downs being so bad against the Texans in Week 15, but 21% is a really bad number. Thankfully the Defense stepped up in a big way that afternoon.
- The Colts had the fewest Plays per Drive against the Redskins, slightly over four per, but clearly this wasn't a bad thing, as they torched the Redskins any time they wanted to. Sometimes these stats can be a bit misleading, and here's a good example of it.
Here's the overall NFL worsts, and sadly we see the Colts here as well:
|Orange Zone Eff||Titans||Giants||14||7-36||-4.7%|
|Avg Start Pos||Redskins||Buccaneers||11||7-27||14.4|
|3 and Outs||Bengals||Colts||7||0-27||8.96|
|Penalty Yds / Play||Patriots||Vikings||2||30-7||2.691|
- That rushing performance against the Cowboys is an all-time terrible game, and hopefully we never see anything like it again. I've been quite vocal with my thoughts on the importance of a running game, but that is ridiculous.
- The Colts do show up on the good side here, though, as the worst performance in Three and Outs comes from the Bengals in Week 7.
- Johnny Manziel's first NFL start shows up 3 times here, including our two most important stats to winning, which gives me a little bit of a grin. Man was that performance bad.
- The Cardinals only averaged seven yards per drive in their Playoff loss to the Panthers. Yikes.
- There are some truly terrible numbers here. I've never looked at a chart like this, putting all the bad numbers in one place, but this is quite impressive to look at.