O-Line a big factor in Colts’ perfect record

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark, bottom, celebrates scoring a touchdown under offensive guard Ryan Lilja.

It is as plain as the sun up in the sky that the Indianapolis Colts’ offense is something special.  It also is becoming a given that the Colts’ defense is improving on an almost weekly basis.  But what has become increasingly clear is that the Colts’ offensive line should share some of the credit as well.

The four regulars on the O-line – rookie offensive tackle Tony Ugoh, guards Ryan Lilja and Jake Scott and offensive tackle Ryan Diem – are a major part of why the Colts are so successful thus far this season.  Plenty of proof to throw at you:

  • The Colts are rushing for 142 yards a game (the most since 1987 when they ran for 142.9 per game).
  • They have rushed for eight touchdowns; that projects to 26 rushing TD’s (their most since 1976).
  • They’re averaging 402.8 yards in total offense per game, easily eclipsing totals going back to their infancy (except 2004).
  • The Colts are currently averaging 32.8 points per game (a team record if it holds up).
  • They are averaging 24 first-downs per game
  • Their third-down conversion rate is an obscene 55.6% – just a hair off the NFL record of 56.1%, set by these same Colts of last season.

Let’s not forget the subtle things that make the O-line successful for the Colts:

  • The Colts have had a total of 3 turnovers (2 interceptions and 1 lost fumble).  Over a full 16-game season, that equates to 6 interceptions and 3 lost fumbles.

Despite all of those factoids, Scott states the obvious mentality that the O-line have shared since Week 1, saying, “It really doesn’t matter in the end.  Winning is the important thing.”  Not to mention that team head coach Tony Dungy sees room for improvement – which is a scary thing if you’re an opponent of the Colts on any given week.  But then again, Dungy has always held a higher standard than a lot of NFL head coaches.


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