|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||1-2||23.7||15.7||373.0||(5.5)||2.7||27.3||11.0||362.3||(6.2)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||20.9||11.9||23.9||32:04||28-108||(3.9)||23-41||56.8%||278||(6.8)||69-386||(5.6)||(18.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.4||11.7||21.6||32:44||29-120||(4.2)||23-37||61.8%||248||(6.8)||65-368||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Offense Road Games||20.0||11.4||25.0||30:42||25-106||(4.2)||23-41||57.1%||277||(6.8)||66-384||(5.8)||(19.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.8||12.8||20.3||28:23||25-120||(4.8)||21-33||62.6%||235||(7)||59-355||(6.1)||(14.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||10.9||18.9||29:10||27-112||(4.2)||20-34||60.4%||215||(6.3)||61-327||(5.4)||(14.6)|
|Defense Road Games||31.6||16.4||22.6||30:16||28-126||(4.5)||21-33||64.8%||254||(7.7)||61-380||(6.3)||(12)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9||-1.3||15-7||45.4%||1-0||83.3%||3-56||(18.7)||2-22||(11.7)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.8||1.8||2||14-6||40.4%||1-1||59.0%||3-65||(23.7)||21-2||(9.7)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||2.0||1.2||3.2||-2.4||12-4||37.9%||1-1||100.0%||4-63||(15.8)||1-9||(8.8)||4-27|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.2||0.6|| ||12-5||39.3%||1-0||50.0%||2-56||(25.6)||2-26||(13.6)||8-79|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||45.1%||3-73||(24.5)||22-2||(11.3)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.6||0.2||0.8|| ||11-5||42.1%||1-0||66.7%||2-45||(22.3)||1-32||(39.7)||7-82|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.5||0-2||2-1||25.0||11.3||418.3||(6.1)||2.3||30.7||11.3||406.0||(6.1)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||24.3||9.6||24.6||31:51||24-101||(4.2)||28-46||61.1%||312||(6.9)||70-413||(5.9)||(17)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.9||10.8||20||31:30||27-110||(4.1)||22-36||61.4%||229||(6.4)||63-338||(5.4)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||23.8||12.2||25.0||32:24||21-88||(4.1)||29-50||58.1%||327||(6.6)||71-414||(5.8)||(17.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.5||11.6||19.7||30:26||27-122||(4.6)||23-35||65.7%||222||(6.4)||61-344||(5.6)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.7||19.2||30:20||28-127||(4.5)||20-32||62.5%||208||(6.4)||61-335||(5.5)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||25.0||12.8||18.4||30:07||26-128||(4.9)||21-32||65.8%||205||(6.4)||58-332||(5.7)||(13.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.8||1.7||-0.6||13-6||41.9%||1-0||28.6%||2-35||(19.3)||2-24||(9.7)||7-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||38.0%||1-0||47.4%||2-62||(25.3)||20-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0||-1.2||15-7||50.0%||1-0||25.0%||2-35||(17.5)||3-25||(9.7)||5-56|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.5||1.1|| ||13-5||38.2%||0-0||75.0%||4-85||(23.5)||2-22||(11.4)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.1%||1-0||53.7%||3-69||(23.8)||19-2||(9.1)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.2||0.8|| ||12-4||36.1%||1-0||66.7%||3-79||(24.6)||2-24||(15.2)||6-61|
|Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 18.4, DETROIT 19.9|
|10/14/2012||@ NY JETS||9-35||L||3||L||44||P||17-41||22-44-257||4||44-252||12-19-99||0|
|11/18/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||24-59||L||10||L||54||O||24-119||27-50-329||4||25-115||24-35-331||0|
|12/2/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2012||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|INDIANAPOLIS: There's been a lot of turnover with the Colts, and it should be evident in the new look of their running game. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin, who came over from Pittsburgh with new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, is versed in more of a power man-blocking scheme. Indy will try to be much more physical up front as opposed to past years. It will be a huge adjustment for their smallish o-line. Delone Carter would seem to be a better fit for their new style than Donald Brown, but Brown's more well-rounded skill set will likely make this at least a time share. Carter seems likely to get the first crack at goal-line carries. Andrew Luck essentially ran his own offense at Stanford and did it with surprising balance. This offense will feature a lot of timing routes and the Colts figure to install a two-tight end base after drafting Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the top 70. Fleener may be their top deep threat, stretching the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne (who will be Luck's No. 1 target). Arians ran a lot of deep crossing routes in Pittsburgh, but Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton are Indy's only WRs with speed. Luck figures to get a little more freedom in the red zone than the typical rookie quarterback. The Colts don't have the line to really get a push in a short field, so they'll have to get creative. Fleener and Wayne are both capable red zone targets. The Colts defense was atrocious in 2011, and they could be just as bad this season. Andrew Luck might lower Indy's time on the defensive end of the field (NFL-high 33:46 per game last year), but this is a unit with a bunch of holes to patch up, and Indy focused more on offensive improvements in the draft. Dwight Freeney will shift to outside linebacker this season with Indy switching to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano'although it will be adjustment for the veteran, he should be an effective pass rusher as long as he remains healthy. The undersized Pat Angerer made a lot of tackles last season after moving to middle LB in Week 2, and he'll be the team's primary run-stopper in Pagano's 3-4. Antoine Bethea is more effective in run support than he is in pass coverage, and his contributions will be key playing behind an undermanned front seven that will be transitioning to a new scheme. |
|DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (INDIANAPOLIS-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Colts-Lions Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Not much was expected of the Indianapolis Colts this season, but they're right in the AFC playoff hunt.
The Detroit Lions are well out of the NFC race after ending a lengthy postseason drought a year ago.
The Colts will go for their sixth victory in seven games on Sunday while the host Lions try to avoid a fourth straight loss.
While much was expected from No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, it was supposed to take some time for the former Stanford signal caller to lead Indianapolis' post-Peyton Manning turnaround.
Instead, Luck has taken charge of a 7-4 Colts team that holds the fifth seed in the conference and has yet to drop back-to-back games after rebounding from a 59-24 loss at New England on Nov. 18 with last Sunday's 20-13 victory over Buffalo.
"We understand the position we're in, but again, nothing has been accomplished yet," said Luck, who last Sunday joined Manning as the only Colts rookies to throw for 3,000 yards.
Taking care of the ball on the road has been an issue - 16 of the Colts' 21 turnovers have come outside Indianapolis - but taking care of business with the game on the line hasn't. The Colts are 6-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer and their average margin of victory (6.1) is the lowest of the 10 NFL teams with at least seven victories.
Indianapolis' minus-14 turnover margin is the league's third-worst.
"We're the type of team, we're going to be in a lot of close games and fortunately we've found a lot of ways to win them," said interim coach Bruce Arians, who's 6-2 filling in for Chuck Pagano. "The big thing for us is to go on the road and protect the football and play good defense and bring those special teams with us on the road and see if we can play our best football on the road."
The Lions (4-7) haven't played well in close games - all their losses are by 10 points or fewer - and they're on the verge of losing four straight for the first time since a five-game skid Nov. 7-Dec. 5, 2010.
It was just a year ago when Detroit went 10-6 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
"It's kind of the same story," defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said after a 34-31 overtime Thanksgiving day loss to Houston. "It's just frustrating. Back-to-back weeks, we had a chance to beat a really good team (losing 24-20 to Green Bay on Nov. 18), but that's not good enough because this is a really good team. We're just not playing like it right now."
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be playing this weekend after the league fined him $30,000 on Wednesday for unnecessary roughness because he kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that a suspension wasn't handed down because a clear ruling couldn't be made on Suh's intent.
"It's a crazy play, it's one that unfortunately happened," Suh said. "... I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man.
"But it's over with and I am moving forward and getting ready to play the Colts."
Indianapolis' secondary needs to be ready for Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who has an NFL-best 1,257 receiving yards. The All-Pro needs 591 yards in the final five games to tie Jerry Rice's all-time single-season record, set in 1995 with San Francisco.
"I'm definitely thinking about it, but I just have to keep on working, keep it in the back of my mind, but still focus on the task at hand," Johnson told the Lions' official website.
It's uncertain how much playing time, if any, Lions wide receiver Titus Young will get this week after coach Jim Schwartz benched him against the Texans for "unacceptable behavior," but rookie Ryan Broyles could be a good second option for Matthew Stafford after setting a season-high against Houston with 126 yards.
Rookie T.Y. Hilton, the AFC special teams player of the week, has given the Colts a big lift (12.3 yards per punt return) - and he leads the team with five receiving TDs - but Reggie Wayne is Luck's No. 1 option. At 34, Wayne shows no signs of slowing down, leading the league in targets (144), receptions (84) and sitting just behind Johnson with 1,105 yards.
Wayne, who caught seven passes for 105 yards in the Colts' last game versus Detroit - a 31-21 home win Dec. 14, 2008 - needs six receptions to move past Andre Reed for 10th all-time with 952.
The Colts have won four of five in Detroit dating back to the 1968 season.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 4:34:35 PM EST|