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Evaluating the 1st team offensive numbers from last year’s preseason versus this year

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 28, 2013 – 9:00 am

With the majority of the preseason behind us, I thought I would break down how the first-team offense has fared this season compared to last season.

The stats below include the offensive numbers for the first-team offensive drives led by Andrew Luck through the first three preseason games of 2012 and 2013.

2012 Stats:

16 offensive drives led by Andrew Luck. Those drives added up to 577 total yards, 33 first downs, 45 points and 2 turnovers.

-Luck: 40-of-64 (62.5%) for 514 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions.

-34 total rushes for 99 yards.

2013 Stats:

13 offensive drives led by Andrew Luck. Those drives added up to 468 total yards, 28 first downs, 34 points and 2 turnovers.

-Luck: 29-of-44 (65.9%) for 322 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interceptions.

-31 total rushes for 134 yards rushing.

Takeaways

-When breaking down the numbers per drive, the stats are very similar from a production standpoint (yards, points, first downs). It was pretty remarkable how prolific the Colts first-team offense was during the preseason last year. That has carried over in 2013 with Luck only throwing one interception, and one could argue that wasn’t the quarterback’s fault.

-It was no secret that Bruce Arians entered every game with a handful of deep balls on his play sheet and the clock didn’t hit triple zeroes until he used them all. We haven’t seen the deep ball much in the preseason, but the yards per attempt numbers don’t show a major discrepancy. In 2012, Luck averaged 8 yards per attempt. This season he has averaged 7.3 yards and the offense does not have the stereotypical ‘dink and dunk’ style of most West Coast systems.

-The rushing numbers are the major change from 2012 to 2013. For everything that has been made about Pep Hamilton’s ‘balanced’ offensive attack, there’s no denying that the numbers speak for itself. In 2013, the first-team offense has averaged 4.3 yards per carry versus last year where the unit averaged 2.9 yards per rush. Luck isn’t quite throwing the ball as often and the first-team offense has done a very efficient job on the ground.


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