Some stats of note through six weeks

October, 18, 2011
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A couple of telling items out of the weekly league stat packages:

Houston -- The Texans are tied for sixth at plus-4 in giveaway/takeaway ratio.

They are 18th in first-down defense, allowing an average of 5.81 yards.

Second-and-medium and third-and-short help make play-action effective and limit chances to rush the passer.

Indianapolis -- The red zone offense is 29th in the NFL with a 36.4 percent touchdown rate. The first-down offense is also an issue: The Colts’ 4.33-yard average is 32nd.

Peyton Manning's red zone efficiency helped cover up a great deal. Getting into reasonable second downs is a must for the offense.

Jacksonville -- The offense is the league’s worst at earning first downs with just 14.5 a game. The defense offsets it a bit, ranking sixth by allowing 17 first downs a game.

The offense needs some long drives to be able to use running back Maurice Jones-Drew the way that's most favorable.

Tennessee -- The red zone offense is fifth with touchdowns 64.3 percent of the time. But the red zone defense is 26th (58.3 percent).

The ninth-ranked total defense needs to fare better in close quarters and force field goals.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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