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.
Look at all of the Atlanta penalties on that last drive. 4 times the Falcons were backed up on that drive, but the Indianapolis defense still could not hold, giving up 2 first downs of their own.
Bleeding 4 points per drive is a good way to quickly kill a game. We’re lucky Atlanta bled more.
The Colts allowed an 85.3% completion rate on the 14th longest average depth of target. Half of Atlanta’s passes were for first down conversions. Let that sink in. Basically, every other pass Matt Ryan threw was for a first down or touchdown. Ridiculous.
There’s just no good Indianapolis number in that table, so stop looking. I’m not going to dwell. You saw it. It was a train wreck.
If you like finishing just outside of the top half in rushing defense, then I’ve got good news.
Atlanta did not run a lot but they managed 6 first downs including 3 explosive carries for 64 yards. Outside of that though, the Colts defense didn’t give up much on the ground with 0 touchdowns and 6 runs of <= 0 yards.
All of that adds up to “meh”.
CONCLUSION AND NEXT MATCH-UP
This should be an easier test for the defense than last week.