At the bye week, it’s a good time to take a look back at how the season has gone so far, and through nine games a number of Colts are having impressive seasons despite the team’s 4-5 record.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has completed 63.7% of his passes for 2,565 yards and 17 touchdowns with seven picks, ranking third in the league in passing yards (behind only Matt Ryan and Drew Brees) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes. He’s on pace to throw for 4,560 yards and 30 touchdowns against 12 picks, which is a very healthy season. Luck has also added 224 yards and a touchdown on the ground, putting him on pace for 398 yards and two scores rushing. His 224 yards rushing currently rank third among all quarterbacks, behind only Tyrod Taylor and Marcus Mariota.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is also among the league’s best, as he has caught 52 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the league in receiving yards, sixth in receptions, tied for 13th in touchdown receptions, and has the second-most 20+ yard receiving plays (behind only Julio Jones). Hilton is on pace to catch 92 passes for 1,406 yards and seven scores this year.
Running back Frank Gore is having an underrated season, as he has rushed for 592 yards and four touchdowns on 145 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per rush. He ranks eleventh in the league in rushing yards and is ninth in carries, while he’s tied for fifth in rushing first downs (35). Gore has also added 24 receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns, and his three receiving scores are tied for second among running backs behind only Theo Riddick. This all puts Gore on pace for a 1,052 yard, seven touchdown season rushing (while averaging over four yards per carry) and a 42 catch, 231 yard, five touchdown year receiving - which would total 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns combined.
Tight end Jack Doyle has really stepped up and been a pleasant surprise, as he’s caught 36 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns (all of which are single-season career highs). He ranks ninth among tight ends in receptions, eleventh among tight ends in yards, and tied for first among tight ends in touchdown receptions. Doyle is on pace to catch 64 passes for 674 yards and seven touchdowns this year.
Defensively, it should be noted that outside linebacker Erik Walden leads the team in sacks (seven), quarterback hits (eleven), tackles for loss (six), and forced fumbles (two). He’s tied for sixth in the league in sacks and is on pace for a double-digit sack season, while he’s already recorded the highest single-season total of his career. In other defensive news, the only player on the team on pace for a 100-tackle season is linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who has 58 at the bye week and is on pace to record 103 tackles.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri is also having a really good year, as he has made all 19 field goal attempts. He ranks fifth in the league in field goals made, and he’s one of only two kickers still perfect this year (with a minimum of two attempts), joining Justin Tucker. Viantieri is tied for the second-most makes from 40-49 yards (six) and leads the NFL in 50+ yard field goals (five). He’s also converted all 24 extra point attempts, making him one of 15 to still be perfect on the year - and of those 15, only three have attempted more extra points than Vinatieri.
Punter Pat McAfee is also continuing to impress, as he leads the NFL in punting average (50.8) and is fifth in net punting average (42.9), while he’s also had eleven pinned inside the 20 and seven touchbacks.