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.
For the third week in a row, the Indianapolis Colts defense played an outstanding game.
They gave up 0 first downs on penalties and limited explosive plays to 4, 2 of which occurred on the last garbage time drive.
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP
The Colts defense holds a much deserved 11th place ranking by weighted DVOA having played very well over a 4 game stretch. The last team they had trouble with was the Houston Texans.
Deshaun Watson is the real deal, ranking 9th in DYAR and 5th in QBR (if you believe in that numbers mumbo-jumbo). But the Colts defense comes in at 10th against the pass by DVOA so it will be strength against strength.