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.
A good Indianapolis Colts defensive performance against the Tennessee Titans in week 13 was hidden by the actual point totals.
The Titans only managed 15 first downs, which divided into 23 series is a 65.2% Drive Success Rate (DSR) and is far below league average. Forcing 5 drives without a first down, aided by 2 turnovers and 6 sacks is a good defensive effort. Unfortunately, offensive interceptions gifted the Titans 2 drives that started in Colts territory and they turned them into 10 points.
The defense gave up just 1 first down on penalty and only 5 over the last 5 games. Not only are they playing well but they are playing disciplined.
This was good defense.
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP
This was another solid effort by the defense that was undermined by the offense handing Tennessee favorable situations.