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.
Last week, I questioned if the poor play of the Colt’s defense was simply a result of Philip Rivers being good and this week I have to do the same for an offense that faced a fierce Tennessee Titans defense. The Indianapolis offense clearly took a step back from week 1, but I guess that was to be expected.
In week 1, the Tennessee defense shut down any semblance of a Cleveland Browns passing game and so it’s no surprise that for the 2nd week in a row, Colt’s coach Frank Reich relied heavily on a run game that earned the majority of plays (52%), yards (58%) and first downs (58%).
Overall, the Colts found it difficult to enter Titan territory, but when they did find themselves on the Tennessee side of the field they capitalized, going 3 for 3 in the red zone.
Basically, the Indianapolis week 2 offense is a tale of one city: it wasn’t the best of drives, it wasn’t the worst of drives. Really, the only glaring outlier is the 2 turnovers (which is bad). Other than that, this is about as average as an offense can get. However, against a good defense that is encouraging.
Jacoby Brissett did not have a good game. I know a lot of people point to 3 passing TDs and a 95 passer rating as “proof” that he had a good outing, but it is just untrue. A QB’s job is to advance the ball down the field and Brissett did not do that. Of the 3 TD drives, 2 of them were primarily due to large gains that weren’t QB skill (46 yd PI, 55 yd run).
While the running game was not nearly as efficient as week 1, it was still the driving force behind the week 2 offense.
So, while the efficiency numbers don’t jump of the page, the 5th most total yards (167) and 2nd most rushing first downs (11) of any team was enough to support an offense that was otherwise lagging.
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP