Back to the comfy confines of Lucas Oil, the Colts look to rebound from their loss with a victory against the Texans. Here the FPC Colts team once again looks into some of the vital stats heading into this week’s matchup.

Dec 31, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) gains yards during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) gains yards during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

1. 5.3

Caption: Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shows his frustration after being sacked on 4th down late in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shows his frustration after being sacked on 4th down late in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

No, I don’t think anything is seriously wrong with Andrew luck, but his 5.3 yards per attempt is worrisome for the sake of the offense. A career low for Luck, the Colts have been unsuccessful in hitting chunk plays consistency, something that needs to change. This lull is likely due to a rusty Luck, health of their tackles, and lack of separation of their skill players, but look for the Colts to start and push the ball downfield in the upcoming weeks.

2. 1/5

Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) speaks with head coach Frank Reich during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) speaks with head coach Frank Reich during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

On five trips to the red zone against the Eagles, the Colts had only one touchdown to show for it. The Indy offense anemic red zone performance in that game cost them a huge upset win, and its another thing that needs to change, maybe from a boost from a particular practice squad wide receiver.

3. 10

Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) carries the ball as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) and Colts defensive end Margus Hunt (92) attempt the tackle in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Colts won 21-9. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) carries the ball as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) and Colts defensive end Margus Hunt (92) attempt the tackle in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Colts won 21-9. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts pass rush routinely a soft spot for their defense, but quietly the team ranks fourth in the NFL with ten sacks after three games, which is a vast improvement from last years paltry second worst 25 sacks. They may not routinely get pressure, but they are doing it well enough to be effective.

53

Edwin Jackson (CBS.com)

Usually, Shoestats only has three stats, but in honor of Edwin Jackson, I decided to put one more. Former Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, known as “Poundcake” by his teammates, was killed by a drunk driver over the offseason at only 26 years and this weekend the Colts will honor him. Each helmet will brand his number, 53, on a sticker, and will be seen across the stadium before and during the game.

The Colts may have had a heartbreaking loss last week but should have a nice bounce-back game against the struggling Houston Texans as the Colts strengths line up against the Texans weaknesses for the most part. Look for a big game from the defense and if the Colts offense can keep Luck upright and move the ball down the field.

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