ShoeStats is an in depth look at the stats from some Colts players from the past week.
Week 9: Colts 20, Texans 14
Stats: 175 yards, five catches, two touchdowns, 55.6% catch rate
In the Colts’ three wins so far this season, T.Y. Hilton has recorded an average of 168.3 yards, nine targets, 6.3 catches, and one touchdown. In the Colts’ six losses so far this season, T.Y. Hilton has recorded an average of 32.8 yards, 6.3 targets, 2.5 catches and zero touchdowns. When Hilton does well, the Colts do well. Despite six incredibly lackluster weeks of production, Hilton still ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards over the first nine weeks of the season, with 702, second only to Antonio Brown. Hilton ran an otherworldly 5.47 yards per route, and Jacoby Brissett had a staggering 145.8 passer rating (158.3 is the max) when targeting Hilton. It is safe to say that throwing the ball in Hilton’s direction is probably a good idea.
Stats: six tackles, two pass deflections, two QB hits
ּBostic played out of his mind in Houston, having his best game of the season by a country mile. Bostic has been decent at best overall this season and an absolute liability in coverage this season. However, Bostic defensed two passes and only allowed one catch for 14 yards on four targets against the Texans. The Colts have been carved up over the middle this season by tight ends and receivers alike; it was nice to see someone step up. Bostic was also adept in his limited pass rush snaps. He hit Tom Savage twice and hurried him once. Although it is a small sample size, 60% of the time, something good happens when Bostic rushes the passer. The Colts have been arduously searching for a consistent performer in the middle of the defense; maybe Bostic can be that guy moving forward.
Stats: 84.9 PFF grade (highest graded offensive lineman)
The young former Bison had arguably the best game of his career blocking against Houston. The run game was solid; Haeg did a great job of getting into the second level and laying devastating blocks. He had two second level blocks, and zero, yes zero QB pressures, netting him the highest PFF offensive line grade of the week. Although the Texans were without superstar J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Christian Covington among others, blocking the healthy Jadeveon Clowney is no small feat. Like Bostic, hopefully Haeg can provide some solidity and consistency at a position that is desperately in need of some help.
Stats: four tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, four QB hits, six QB pressures, 46, pass rush snaps
Jabaal Sheard continues to solidify himself as one of the premiere edge defenders in the NFL, which came completely out of nowhere. After trading Duane Brown to Seattle, the Texans had to ask Julien Davenport and Breno Giacomini do block Sheard, which as you may expect, did not go well. Sheard recorded an excellent 16.9 pass rush productivity, which is a metric that measures how often a player makes a positive impact when rushing the passer. Sheard strip sacked Savage twice, including one on the game winning play, beating Davenport handedly.
Wether it was on a run or pass, Sheard seemed to live in the backfield on Sunday. The Colts haven’t had a pass rusher this productive since the likes of Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. I wonder where Sheard learned all of his deadly moves? The Colts must have a pretty good pass rushing coach.