Number Crunching: Colts and 49ers Edition
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INDIANAPOLIS – Curious on some key numbers ahead of the Week Five matchup between the Colts (1-3) and 49ers (0-4).
Here are 10 numbers to keep an eye on with the Colts and 49ers kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday:
1: The combined number of wins for the Colts and 49ers this year. This one on Sunday won’t be drawing too much national attention. Look at any power rankings around the league, and you will find the Colts and 49ers at, or near, the bottom. Can the Colts take advantage of a 10:00 a.m. local time kick for the 49ers?
3: The number of NFC West games the Colts have already played this year. In a weird scheduling quirk, the Colts will play all four of their NFC West games by Week Five. The Colts and 49ers have actually played three of the same teams through four weeks, which should give each coaching staff plenty of familiarity on tape.
4: The number of first-round picks the 49ers have spent on their defensive front in the past three drafts. San Francisco has made a conscious effort to try and rebuild their defense in the trenches. In 2017, the 49ers, under new GM John Lynch, drafted Stanford’s Solomon Thomas and Alabama’s Reuben Foster in the first round.
6: The number of interceptions the Colts have through four games this year. This is a definite positive for the Colts this year. Malik Hooker has three interceptions. Rashaan Melvin has two picks. Safety Matthias Farley also has an INT. With six interceptions already in 2017, it’s even harder to imagine this team had just eight picks all of last season.
18: The soon-to-be retired jersey number of Peyton Manning. Honestly, the highlight for many Colts fans this weekend will be the festivities surrounding No. 18. Manning will have his statue unveiled on Saturday afternoon, and then have his jersey retired during halftime on Sunday.
31: The ranking for the Colts on offense, and on defense, this year. The league ranking numbers for the Colts are pretty ugly at the quarter pole of the season. Neither unit has offered up any consistency in 2017. Even with all the defensive personnel turnover from last year, the Colts have actually been worse in total defense through the first four weeks.
34.0: The average number of points the Colts have allowed per game this year. A couple of ’40-spots’ have been put up against the Colts in 2017. Of course, some offensive turnovers have also contributed to the ballooning number on the scoreboard.
37: The age of San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan. After bouncing around coordinator spots for the previous decade, Shanahan’s run to the Super Bowl last year with the Falcons has him now at the helm in San Fran. Shanahan has elected to stick with journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer at this point of the season.
64: The point differential between the Colts and their opponents in second halves this year. This sums up the second half struggles for the Colts in 2017. They’ve been outscored 79-15 in the first four weeks of the season, including scoring just nine points in the second half over the past three weeks.
68: The point differential between how the Colts and 49ers have fared against three common opponents this year. The 49ers rank just 26th in points scored this year, so something will have to give in Week Five.
78: The jersey number for second-year center Ryan Kelly, who will make his 2017 season debut this weekend. The return of Kelly comes at a very important time, with Deyshawn Bond now on injured reserve. Kelly has been sidelined since prior to the 2017 preseason opener.