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.
There’s not a lot to unpack here. In week 14, the Indianapolis Colts defense let the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense roll them for most of the game.
Despite 4 turnovers (including a pick 6) the Colts could not stop the Bucs. In fact, on the 8 drives that didn’t end in turnovers, the Buccaneers scored on 6 of them, 5 of them being TDs . . . 5!!!
Colts defense, I call gloom, despair and agony on thee.
While the Colts did not give up any first downs via penalty, they did give up 9 explosive plays for 239 yards.
That’s criminal. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Think about that. Every pass he threw, on average, gained 9 yards and every other one was a first down or a TD.
If this were a cartoon, there would be a giant Jameis Winston shaped hole in the wall of our pass defense.
Ready for the good news? We held them to 75 yards rushing. Have at you!
Think of it this way. The Colts shut down 1 of 2 phases of their offense.
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP
Mr. Eberflus, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks. OK, not really but I wanted to slip in a relevant movie quote and the defense really was awful this week.
No problem, I’m sure week 15 will be a turn-around game. . . <checks schedule> . . . crap. The New Orleans Saints offense is ranked 5th by DVOA, which is un-coincidentally the same ranking as their points per drive (Adj PPD).
I’m going to stop writing now.