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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.

Texans

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.

Titans

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.

Colts

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.

Jaguars

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.