They say numbers don't lie. If that's true, the Indianapolis Colts won't win a game in 2011.
The Colts enter Week 10, their tenth game of 2011, as the worst team in the NFL. The Colts are 31st in total offense in the NFL, only topped (or, bottomed) by their Week 10 opponent Jacksonville Jaguars.
Indianapolis is averaging just 282 yards per game, which is roughly the amount of yards Peyton Manning would have thrown for this season by himself. Furthermore, the Colts are 30th in points per game, averaging just 14.2 throughout the first half of the season.
The news is just as bad on defense.
Only the Patriots allow more yards per game, with the Colts giving up 406 yards per contest. As where Colts defenses of the past have bent without breaking, this Colts defense is completely shattered, giving up 31.4 points per game.
For those of you counting at home, that's more than three points worse per game than the Broncos' second-worst scoring defense.
Indianapolis is simply terrible on both sides of the football. They can't stop anyone and they can't score. The Colts' schedule throughout the rest of 2011 does little to favor them, either.
One of the easiest games remaining for Indianapolis may against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts have had the Jaguars' number in the past, but this is 2011 and Peyton Manning is holding a clipboard. Furthermore, Jacksonville has the league's fifth-ranked defense, and Indianapolis will have a difficult time stopping Maurice Jones-Drew.
Finally, Blaine Gabbert figures to have at least two solid games in 2011, both coming against Indianapolis' porous secondary.
Indianapolis has a Week 11 bye before things get even more difficult. The Colts remaining five games, aside from the Jacksonville contests, feature battles against New England, Carolina, Baltimore, Tennessee and Houston.
If the Colts can't beat the Jaguars in either contest, 0-16 is almost assured.
There is simply no way Indianapolis competes with New England, Houston or Baltimore, as all three teams have dynamic offenses that can put up points in bunches.
Against Tennessee, Indianapolis stands a chance only if Curtis Painter plays out of his mind or the Colts can force turnovers early.
If you want to see real defensive embarrassment, however, tune in for the Colts' eventual defeat against Cam Newton's Panthers.
Indianapolis simply has no one with whom to cover Steve Smith, and the dynamic Newton will continue to improve in 2011's second half. With Indianapolis ahead in just a few weeks, the eventual rookie of the year figures to give the Colts defense fits, and Indianapolis simply can't score enough to keep pace with the Panthers.
Indeed, the statistics are ugly. The Colts are far worse than the Detroit Lions team that finished 0-16, and the Colts may very well join them in infamy at season's end.
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