Print and Go Back AFC South [Print without images]

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Telling info on downs and distances

By Paul Kuharsky

Earlier today, I spent some time combing through what AFC South offenses have done by down and distance.

There is some telling information in there. Here is a bit on each of our teams.


Facing third-and-6 or less, Houston is not very predictable:
Defenses have to respect the run possibilities there, which helps the play-action and influences the passing numbers.


Facing second-and-10, Tennessee actually runs the ball better than it throws it:
For as bad as the Titans are at running the ball, those numbers are a real indictment of the passing game.

On third down, the Titans have run four times and thrown 72 times. Not hard for defenses to predict what's coming there.


Facing third-and-4 or less, Indianapolis has been compelled to throw:
While the conversion rate is better when they run it, they've done it infrequently and its shows a lack of faith in their ground game.


Facing first-and-10, the Jaguars have shown great balance:
On second-and-6 or less, the Jaguars are probably going to run it:
It's impressive they can gain that much on the ground considering there is hardly a reason to defend the pass.