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Comparing the Colts 2012 and 2013 numbers after 2 months

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

The Colts are two months into the NFL season and with this being the second-year under head coach Chuck Pagano, I decided to compile some numbers from 2012 to 2013.

These stats are after seven games of each season.

Offensive Numbers after 7 Games

  2012 2013
Andrew Luck’s Stats 55.6 completion percentage, 1,971 passing yards, 6.8 yards per attempt, 8 TDs and 8 INTSs 60.7 completion percentage, 1,574 passing yards, 7.0 yards per attempt, 10 TDs and 3 INTs
Rushing Offense 3.9 yards per carry, 5 TDs and 107.1 rushing yards per game 4.5 yards per carry, 8 TDs and 129.3 rushing yards per game 
Points per game 19.4 points per game 26.7 points per game
3rd down percentage 40.8% conversion rate 42.7% conversion rate
Sacks allowed 18 sacks in 288 attempts 15 sacks in 224 attempts

-Besides third-down conversions and sacks allowed, the Colts numbers have substantially increased from 2012 to 2013. The passing offense has been much more efficient in 2013 with the touchdowns/interceptions ratio being the most significant difference. All-in-all, Pep Hamilton’s offensive system has adhered to it’s preseason notions of a focus on the ground attack and an efficient attack.

Defensive Numbers after 7 Games

  2012 2013
Points Allowed 24.4 points per game 18.7 points per game
Pass Defense 64.6% completion percentage, 1,573 passing yards, 13 TDs and 2 INTs, 39 pass deflections 58.7% completion percentage, 1,599 passing yards, 8 TDs and 8 INTs, 30 pass deflections 
Rush Defense 962 rushing yards, 4.8 yards per carry and 8 TDs 856 rushing yards, 4.5 yards per carry and 5 TDs
3rd down percentage 40.4% conversion rate 34.8% conversion rate
Sacks 15 sacks 21 sacks

-The Colts defense has improved in virtually every major category since last season. Thanks to some key free agent acquisitions and another year in the 3-4 hybrid scheme, the Colts have cut down on points allowed by almost a full touchdown and have become an aggressive group in turnovers and getting after the quarterback.

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 28th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:37 am

The Colts bye week is now over with the team starting a nine-game stretch in Houston on Sunday night. Today’s news looks back on the first two months of the season and how the team’s offense has stayed true despite injuries.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, October 28th.

Overcoming injuries, rugged schedule leaves Colts in prime position for division title run

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

With the bye week now over, Holder takes a look at four topics after the first two months of the season.

The topics included are overcoming injuries, midseason MVPs, the secondary and finishing strong with nine games remaining.

“We’ve got something special going on,” Pagano said. “We certainly won’t take any of the good things that have happened to this point for granted. We won’t lose sight of where we want to go and what it’s going to take to get there.”

Luck, Colts gearing up for second-half run

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Bremer looks at the losses on the Colts offense and how the unit has held together despite losing five significant pieces to season ending injuries.

“I remember talking to my dad after the (Denver) game and saying football can really be a war of attrition in some cases,” Andrew Luck said. “It’s true. So many guys have gone down. It just stinks. You don’t really know how to talk about it. As cold-hearted as it may seem, you move on.

“The guys that are injured want you to move on. They don’t want you thinking. Reggie wants us to work harder than ever to keep going. Vick has always wanted us to work harder. Donald Thomas, Dwayne, they don’t want our pity once it happens. They want us to work harder. We’ll continue to do that.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:12 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and signed center Thomas Austin to the practice squad.

Whalen has played in three games this season, catching two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 and was signed to the practice squad on October 2, 2013.

Austin was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. He was then released from the practice squad on October 1. Austin has appeared in seven career games (one start) with the Carolina Panthers (2012) and Houston Texans (2011).

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