After a long and much needed ten day rest, the Colts head out east to the city that never sleeps to face off against the New York Jets. The boys in blue look to bounce back from a tough loss to ‘that team’ and capture their second win of the season on the road. Here we look into some of the key stats heading the week.
The Colts injury report should change to the healthy report since it seems like that would be a shorter list. At least 21 players will have been designated as ‘out’ by the first snap Sunday. Usually, injuries are a random occurrence from year to year, with some bad years and some with good years, but the Colts are routinely the most injured team in the NFL, with no clear answer in sight. With players like Margus Hunt, Matthias Fairley, Denico Autry and others already missing Sunday’s game, it will be all hands on deck for both sides of the ball.
Matt Eberflus’ new defense has worked wonders for a unit routinely last in the NFL, and although its far from a finished product, the group has made its impact felt so far. The Colts are tied with the Jets in ‘game-changing plays per game’ (sacks and turnovers per game) this year with five. Look for both defensive to try and take the game in their own hands on Sunday.
Sam Darnold is having a great rookie season so far, all things considered, with two wins and three losses with plenty of evidence to support his lofty draft position. In his three losses, Darnold threw the ball for over 30 times in each of those games, while only throwing 22 and 21 in his two victories. The Colts should look to take advantage of this and bottle up the run game to make the young signal caller push the ball downfield to get the win.
“You are what your record says you are,” is the famous phrase by Bill Parcels, and this Colts team won’t make any excuses of their poor record. However, this Indy team is probably the best 1-5 in recent memory, every game has been close, and they seem to be a few plays away from realistically being 4-1. Sunday is the start of a manageable stretch of games before the bye week, at the Jets, home against the Bills, and at Oakland, but it only starts if the win tomorrow.
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