Each week during the season, I will be walking through the data from the previous Colts game analyzing the numbers to form a sort of “what happened” narrative as well as comparing the Colts against all other teams in the league. For a glossary of the stats listed, reference Stats for the 2019 Season. Thanks to Pro Football Reference, NFL.com and the nflSCrapR project for being awesome sources of weekly data.
The Houston Texans were in Indianapolis Colts territory an awful lot in week 7, but 2 interceptions, 3 sacks and a turnover on downs prevented Deshaun Watson from doing his usual Deshaun Watsony thing.
For the Colts, a 70% Drive Success Rate against isn’t anything to write home about but it is better than the league average defense. They gave up 21 first downs which, using a technical statistical term, is “a lot”, but 0 of them were via penalty.
The Indy D stopped 2 drives inside the 10 yard line limiting Houston’s success to just 2 TDs in 5 red zone trips.
These conflicting results are because the Colts defense wasn’t good until it was. What I mean by that is they gave up a lot of successful plays and first downs but then did something spectacular to kill the drive. 5 of the 11 Texan drives were stopped by sacks or interceptions. Some people might call that bend don’t break. I call it effective and hopefully repeatable.
The fact that Watson passed well but was still limited in points is a credit to the defense’s dontbreakedness.
Well, that’s not good. For the season, Football Outsiders ranks the Colts’ run defense 31st in the league and these numbers are part of the reason why.