Over the next two days, Colts.com will take a look at the offensive and defensive stat breakdowns for the Colts and Broncos.
The charted stats will then be followed by three takeaways that will be critical if the Colts want to head into their bye week with a 5-2 record.
Here’s a look at the defensive breakdown:
|Stats (NFL Rank)||Colts||Broncos|
|Total Yards||337.7 (11)||407.5 (29)|
|Passing Yards||205.7 (5)||337.7 (32)|
|Rushing Yards||132.0 (31)||69.8 (1)|
|Sacks per attempt||9.4% (7)||6.8% (21)|
|Turnovers ratio||+5 (6)||Even (16)|
|3rd down conversions||35.5% (7)||38.2% (20)|
|Points||24.7 (11)||26.3 (24)|
- How will the Colts attack the Broncos defense?: First, it should be noted that a major reason why Denver is the league’s worst passing defense is due to teams piling up passing yards in garbage time. All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey made his 2013 debut last week. If the Colts want to try and control the clock and eat up yards on the ground then they will have to do it against the league’s top rushing defense.
- Will Von Miller turn the Broncos pass rush around?: Miller, who had 30 sacks the last two seasons, returns from suspension this weekend and is trying to help a pass rush that was the league’s best in 2012. On the other side of the football, the Colts have had their moments in getting to the quarterback this year and will be seeing a Broncos offensive line that will be without right tackle Orlando Franklin, who injured his ankle in Sunday’s 35-19 win over the Jaguars.
- Can the Colts win the money-down?: On Monday night, the Colts struggled to get off the field on third downs (Chargers converted 7-of-14) and that was very uncharacteristic for Greg Manusky’s defense. That has to change on Sunday night. One interesting matchup to look for on Sunday is how former Patriots Darius Butler and Wes Welker matchup against each other after being teammates from 2009-2010. If the Colts can’t force turnovers on Sunday night then getting pressure on Manning, and thus getting off the field on third-down, might be the most critical stat in knocking off the undefeated Broncos.
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