The Colts’ season is practically on the line, and although there are no must wins during the first half of the season, this is pretty close to that for the Colts. The boys in blue return home to face the lowly Bills in Lucas Oil, here in ShoeStats we will look into some of the vital stats heading into the game.

Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball defended by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Matthias Farley (41) during the second half at New Era Field. Buffalo defeated Indianapolis 13-7 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball defended by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Matthias Farley (41) during the second half at New Era Field. Buffalo defeated Indianapolis 13-7 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

1. 3

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) fumbles as he is hit by Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Bills may not have a good or even mediocre offense, but their defense is a force to be reckoned. The Bills defense led by former Colts Jerry Hughes ranks third in defense DVOA in 2018. The Colts offense will need all hands on deck to overcome this steep challenge.

2. 7.4

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 10: Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Is Marlon Mack finally 100%? He looked like that in the game on Sunday. After a costly drop that led to a pick-six on the second play of the game, Marlon Mack was able to find his groove, averaging 7.4 yards-per-carry on 12 attempts. If Mack can continue to produce at even a decent level, the Colts offense will take a huge jump. Check on Mack Sunday to continue his success against the NFL’s sixth-best rushing defense in yards-per-carry.

3.13

Sep 9, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates a touchdown in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates a touchdown in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

13 may not be something that shows up on the stat sheet, but it’s about as important as any other number I can bring up, T.Y. Hilton is back. After missing the past two weeks with a hamstring/chest injury, Hilton returns to the starting lineup against a top five passing defense. The Colts wide receiver woes are killing this team over the past few weeks, and although the club will still be missing Ryan Grant and Marcus Johnson, Hilton should be the boost this WR position needs.

The Colts have to win this game to avoid an embarrassing 1-6 start. 2018 is a rebuilding year, and no one’s job is in jeopardy, but building a winning culture is essential. If Indy can’t take care of business in their building against possibly one of the three worst teams in the NFL, they may be staring another top three pick again.

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