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The NFL playoffs are all about getting hot at the right time. Sure, you'd like a bye week and home-field advantage, if you can have it, but as long as you're rolling heading into the postseason, nothing else matters.
Since Week 7, Colts rank #1 in the following:— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) January 10, 2019
- Record: 10-1
- Point differential: +131
- Points allowed per game: 15.5
- Sacks allowed: 8
- 3rd down percentage: 49.6
Talk about a wakeup call.
When the Colts' offense and defense are both producing, there's nothing stopping a team like this from making a Super Bowl run. It would be one thing if the Colts' offense was carrying the load, but being ranked No. 1 in the league since Week 7 in points allowed shows that this team can do it on both sides of the ball.
A huge part of those numbers have to do with the stellar play of the Indianapolis offensive line. Not only are they keeping Andrew Luck upright, and allowing him to have time to make plays with the passing game, but they've opened up lanes a bus can ride through for running back Marlon Mack.
This surprised me: over that same span (including playoffs), Marlon Mack ranks first in rushing 1st downs (51) and second in carries (197), rushing yards (933) and rushing TDs (10)— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) January 10, 2019
If you were to guess who leads the NFL in rushing first downs, and is second in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns since Week 7, most would not say Mack.
Granted, some of these stats need to be taken with a grain of salt as the Colts had an easy strength of schedule over the second half of the season. They played just three games against playoff teams during their 10-1 run, including the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans twice.
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