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.
“Good enough to have won” is probably the right label to assign to the Indianapolis Colts defense in week 12 against the Houston Texans, but when your offense only musters 17 points it probably doesn’t matter.
The defense forced only one 3 & Out and all but 3 of the Texans drives entered Colts territory. However, a timely sack, an interception and a forced turnover on downs kept it a one score game.
On the whole, this wasn’t bad but it was a below average performance.
The Texans managed 7 explosive plays and almost 400 yards of offense and when that happens, it’s hard to win those games. One way to do it, however, is to get turnovers (1 int, 1 downs) and not give up any first downs on penalties.
Part of his success was a lack of pressure from the Colts. A QB that averages over 3 sacks a game, was only sacked once losing 1 yard on the play.
It could have been a lot worse (a LOT).
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP
This wasn’t a bad defensive game but compared to the 3 previous, it is a big drop-off. With an offense that looks limited by both injuries and skill, the defense is going to have to step it back up for the Colts to secure a playoff spot.
Next up is the Tennessee Titans with the reborn Ryan Tannehill at the helm. To call their offense a roller coaster ride may be an under-statement. See if you can guess which week was Tannehill’s first start.
This is going to be a really tough one for the Colts defense.