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    Every week Marlon Mack Jersey 2019 , I will present a summary of some basic and advanced stats for the Colts performance relative to the league. Thanks to Pro Football Reference, NFL.com and the nflSCrapR project for being awesome sources of weekly data.Make no mistake, going into week 7, the Buffalo Bills had one of the better defenses in the league. According to Football Outsider’s DVOA, they ranked 2nd in passing, 7th in rushing and combined for the 3rd overall best defense. In terms of total yards and yards per play they also ranked 3rd. In both points per drive and drive success rate they weren’t quite as good, but still ranked in the top 10.By just about any measure, the Bills defense was good . . . . . . was.On Sunday, The Colts offense had their way with Buffalo. Across the board, Indy made a good defense look bad.The 1.9 points per drive the Bills limited their opponents to? The Colts put up 3.4.The stingy 4.9 yards per play given up? The Colts collected 6.3.Holding teams to 93 rush yards on average? Colts dropped 220. A 77% Drive Success Rate is by far, the best number Andrew Luck and the offense have put up all year and is the 7th best mark in the league this week. With only 3 drives absent a first down and three consecutive touchdown drives of 74+ yards, this offense finally showed the world of what they are capable. TEAM TOTALSPrior to this game, Indy ranked 30th in explosive plays (passes over 20 yards, runs over 10 yards), but this week, their 11 plays for 202 yards was 3rd best.The Colts continue to kill it on 3rd downs, converting a 6th best 5 yards to go, at a 4th best 53.8% rate. The offense has been very good with 3rd downs all year (tied for first in conversions) and when you combine that with 0 turnovers Womens Skai Moore 2019 Jersey , you end up with long, sustained, successful drives like we saw on Sunday.PASSINGWhile Luck’s 11.1 ANY/A was the 3rd best mark of any QB in week 7, his yards per attempt was just a so-so 6.8 yards.The driver of the high ANY/A was 4 passing TDs with 0 picks and 0 sacks, while the YPA was depressed by an average depth of target of just 4.9 yards.In previous weeks, I have railed against an aDOT that low, but in a game where you hold a significant lead for most of the contest, a more conservative, shorter passing game is warranted. Prior to establishing a 14 point lead, Luck’s aDOT was 6.1 yards, while subsequent passes averaged only 3.6 yards through the air.While I’m OK with that, I would like to see that stretched a little bit going forward. Had the Colts been trailing, an aDOT that low would have been problematic (see weeks 1 and 3).RUSHINGWhile the passing game was efficient, the run game was glorious.There is a yin and yang to football. When teams successfully run the ball, the passing game doesn’t have to press, allowing it to be more efficient. This results in longer drives and more points, giving the opponent fewer drives and making them more aggressive, which gives the defense a better chance of success.All of this was fully on display Sunday.The Colts were one of only 6 teams this week to have more than half of their runs be successful (TD Indianapolis Colts Eric Ebron Jersey , first down or chunk yardage). The 42% weighted success rate and the 5.9 YPC were both 5th best in the NFL.Prior to this game, the Bills had given up 3.2 explosive runs per game. The Colts notched 9 for 144 yards, 4 of them by Marlon Mack.The only runners who weren’t effective were Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett. Everyone else ate. On a side-note, notice the EPA per carry stat is barely above 0 placing the Colts 12th out of 28 teams. That is just more evidence of why I don’t like that stat to judge the run game. According to EPA, the Colts run game was just meh. What that really means is that according to the Colts rush game, EPA as a basis for measuring runs is just meh.CONCLUSIONSThis is what it looks like when you play mistake-free ball (what safety?). The drops were gone. The turnovers were gone.Luck didn’t have to carry the team, limiting bad decisions/throws. Additionally, explosive plays which have been missing all season, dramatically improved.If an offense can be efficient underneath AND put up explosive plays, then they become a real force.The Colts certainly aren’t there yet but over the last 3 weeks they have been trending that way and this game was another giant step in that direction.With a remaining schedule filled with winnable games, we’ll see if this offense truly can breakout. SEASON TOTALS (per game) Colts hope to gain momentum in Oakland | Sports | heraldbulletin.comThere’s a growing sense the Colts could shake off a rusty start and make something of a surge in the second half of this season.2018 Colts Preview: Colts/Raiders, Week 8The Indianapolis Colts fly out for a west coast trip to take on the Oakland Raiders before heading into their bye week.Seven Things To Watch: Colts at Raiders | 1070 the FanThe Colts’ longest road trip of the season will come on Sunday with a 4:05 PM kickoff in Oakland. What are seven things to watch for as the Colts (2-5) take on the Raiders (1-5) in Week Eight of the 2018 regular season?Colts at Raiders: What to watch for Sunday | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Areas of interest in the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday meeting with the Raiders in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. Broadcast: CBS4 TCB in Oakland:The scenario is similar to last weekend’s, when the Colts faced the struggling Bills.Colts’ latest O-line combo turns out to be most effective O-line combo | CBS 4 – Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This always was the intended result: keep the quarterback out of harm’s way, as much as the violent NFL allows. So far Womens Eric Ebron 2019 Jersey , so good.Colts Notebook: No Malik Hooker For Raiders Game This Sunday | 1070 the FanThe Colts received some good, and bad, news from their final injury report going into the Oakland game. What did the final injury report of the week look like for the Colts?Hooker Among Five Ruled Out Against Raiders; Vinatieri, Doyle Likely To PlayIndianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich today said five players, including safety Malik Hooker, will not play in Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.Colts anticipate Adam Vinatieri, Jack Doyle playing vs. Raiders | CBS 4 – Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Adam Vinatieri’s pursuit of Morten Andersen should resume Sunday in Oakland. The Indianapolis Colts’ veteran placekicker is expected to play against the Raiders after receiving extensive treatment this week for an injured right groin.Colts Mailbag: Silencing Andrew Luck Doubters, Bringing Up Steve Ishmael, Adam Vinatieri’s InjuryIn this week’s Colts Mailbag, readers inquire about why Andrew Luck isn’t getting more attention, the decision to call up Steve Ishmael (and not Reece Fountain) from the practice squad, Adam Vinatieri’s groin injury and more.NFL Week 8: Previews and analysis of each Sunday game | SI.comAndy Benoit breaks down the keys to Packers-Rams, Broncos-Chiefs, Eagles-Jags and the rest of Sunday’s matchupsCOLTS MEDIAFirst Down With Rick Venturi – Defensive Blueprint: RaidersFormer Colts Coach Rick Venturi talks with Host Matt Taylor about what the Colts will need to do on defense to beat the Oakland Raiders.

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