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Top stats to know: Colts at Titans

11/14/2013

The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans kick off Week 11 Thursday night. Both teams look to get back on track after suffering losses last week.

1. Andrew Luck has struggled since losing his top wideout Reggie Wayne, for the season with an ACL tear. Luck has a Total QBR of 73.6 with Wayne on the field, with Wayne off the field that number plummets to 28.7.

In Week 10 the Colts turned the ball over five times against the St. Louis Rams leading to a 30-point loss, their worst home defeat since 1993.

The silver lining is that Luck has yet to suffer back-to-back losses in the first 25 starts of his career. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us only three other quarterbacks since the merger in 1970 can say that (Dan Marino, Kordell Stewart and Pat Haden).

2. T.Y. Hilton has done a good job of stepping up to help out Luck, but no one else has contributed much. Luck has a completion of percentage of 73.7 percent when targeting Hilton the last two weeks; that percentage is just 48.5 percent for all others on the Colts.

Andrew Luck Last 2 Games By Target

Hilton is fourth in the league with 251 receiving yards in his last two games. He’s the first Colts player with seven receptions and 120 receiving yards in back-to-back games since Wayne in 2007.

3. The Titans started off the season strong, going 3-1 in their first four games. Since then they have lost four of their last five contests. Their starting quarterback Jake Locker is out for the season with a foot injury.

They will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has 72 turnovers since 2010, third most in the NFL behind Eli Manning and Carson Palmer. The Titans are 1-7 in their last eight divisional games.

4. The Titans have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in each of their last four games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NFL team to allow multiple rushing touchdowns in each of five consecutive games in one season was Cleveland in 1999 (six straight).

On the flip side, the Titans pass defense has played well this season. They are the only team in the NFL that has not allowed a touchdown pass thrown at least 15 yards down the field. They are also eighth in Defensive Expected Points Added, a metric that accounts for context when evaluating defensive performance.

5. The Colts have won eight of their last nine games against the Titans, including three straight. In order for that to continue the Colts need their run game back in order.

Trent Richardson Since Being Traded

Since being acquired by the Colts in Week 3 Trent Richardson has 250 rushing yards, 37th most in the NFL over that span. In week 10 they rushed for just 18 yards, third fewest in franchise history.