ShoeStats: Preseason Week 3 vs San Fransisco

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Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (42) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (42) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 2018 NFL (Pre)-season Colts fans! The wait is over, and the FPC Colts team are now resuming our weekly game week articles. Here we will look into three critical stats heading into Colts matchup, which will help give a better picture of what to expect and some storylines heading into the game. This weeks matchup is the preseason game against the San Fransisco 49ers on home turf in Indy.

Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Zero

Not that it matters too much, but this is the number of touchdowns Andrew Luck has thrown this preseason. Now, it is only two games, and just about seven series, but after a less than stellar outing in Monday’s outing at home, breaking through for his first touchdown since January 2017 would still be a big moment for the Colts quarterback.

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2. One

The 2018 preseason is the preseason of firsts for the Colts, and that theme continues with this Saturday’s matchup when Colts safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers will see the field together for the first time in their careers. Geathers didn’t see the field till December last year after a neck injury he sustained in 2016. The Colts 2017 first round pick Hooker ended his season early after tearing his ACL and MCL in October. The Colts secondary is finally and hopefully the start of something big for the Indy defense.

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Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (42) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (42) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

3. Seven

Nyheim Hines has blazing fast speed and exceptional vision, but the Colts fourth round pick needs to stop putting the ball on the ground. The running back has manned the returner spot and has fumbled the ball seven times in two preseason games, luckily the Colts didn’t lose most of the fumbles, but it is a concern nevertheless. Hines has all the talent in the world, but he needs to work on his ball security if he wants a spot in his starting lineup this season.

The third preseason game is when we see the starters play the deepest into the game, generally into the late third quarter. The schemes will still be mostly vanilla, but this is the closest we will see what the team looks like come the regular season.

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