INDIANAPOLIS – Curious on some key numbers ahead of the Week Nine matchup between the Colts (3-5) and Packers (4-3)?
Here are 10 numbers to keep an eye on with the Colts and Packers meeting at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday:
The number of Pro Bowlers the Colts could be without this week. Possibly not having Vontae Davis and Mike Adams this weekend is significant for obvious reasons. Adams has already been ruled out, meaning the quarterback of the secondary is sidelined for a group facing as talented a passer as they come in Aaron Rodgers.
The number of catches Donte Moncrief had in his return to the lineup last week. The return of Moncrief comes at a very important time. This season was expected to be a breakout year for Moncrief. Unfortunately, the fractured scapula put a dent into those plans. The Colts have to get consistent performances from Moncrief in order to flip the script in November and December.
The number of sacks this season for Erik Walden. On Sunday, Walden will see his former team. It was back in 2012 when Walden, then playing for the Packers, had two pass deflections and several quarterback hurries against the Colts. That next offseason the Colts signed Walden and the veteran outside linebacker is playing at a high level this season.
The number of points the Colts have averaged to give up in the fourth quarter this season, the most in the NFL. The inability to close out games has been a staple of the Colts' season that they have to change. This week the Packers pose a threat of a team that excels in getting off to quick starts at home.
The number of touchdowns Aaron Rodgers has thrown in his last five home games versus the AFC. As Chuck Pagano said earlier this week, 'I could go on and on about (Rodgers).' There's a reason why Rodgers has the best passer rating in NFL history. Rodgers has been terrific the last two weeks with the Packers needing just that.
The jersey number for Vontae Davis. The Colts could be without their Pro Bowl cornerback on Sunday. Throw in safety Mike Adams already ruled OUT, and the Colts might be missing two of their most consistent defenders. That's not an ideal situation to have when Aaron Rodgers is on the other sideline this weekend.
The number of points the Colts have at least given up in every game this season. There hasn't been one outing this season where the Colts have walked off the field having not needed at least three touchdowns to win a game. That's a lot to ask for. Now the Colts are about to face two of the league's most potent passing attacks in the next three weeks.
The number of consecutive made field goals for Adam Vinatieri. Vinny took home the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for October. Now the question becomes when will Vinny miss again? He will play outdoors twice in the next month (@Packers, @Jets), by far the two most adverse outdoor conditions Vinny should see in 2016.
The number of penalties the Packers have this season, the second fewest in the NFL. Green Bay has been a very clean football team in the penalty department. The Colts can't say the same thing. While the Colts quieted down the number of penalties last week (just five in total), they were still really impactful in taking scores off the board and keep Kansas City drives alive.
The percent of Green Bay's offense that has come from the wide receiver position this season, by far the highest in the NFL. With injuries piling up at the running back position, the Packers have relied heavily on a bunch of different receivers to step up. Don't be surprised if you see a couple of receivers line up at the running back position on Sunday.