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.
Teamwork in the NFL is usually thought of as all units working together and doing their part to achieve a win. But sometimes it’s about one unit stepping up and becoming the hero. In week 1, the Colts were lifted by their run game and last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the Colts were saved by their defense.
The Colts defense relegated Mariota’s production to a participation trophy.
His 82 yards on those carries translates to 5.5 yards per carry and while YPC is still a horrible stat, I only bring it up because it is more than the 3.7 yards per dropback that Mariota’s passing provided. And given the fact that the Titans only trailed by 2 points in the 4th, I’m not clear why they didn’t try to run it more than 3 times on their last 3 drives, but thankfully for us, they didn’t. I guess they decided to ride the cold hand.
After 2 weeks, the Colts are giving up first downs on 40% of the carries against them. That’s the worst of any team. The takeaway here is that the Colts look really bad against the run. Like, really, really bad. Like totally. I can’t even.