Number Crunching: Colts/Titans Edition

Intro: Our “number crunching” series on continues this week with a slew of numbers to watch in the 2015 regular season finale between the Colts and Titans.


INDIANAPOLIS – Curious on some key numbers ahead of Sunday afternoon's matchup between the Colts (7-8) and Titans (3-12)?

Here are 10 things to keep an eye on with the 2015 regular season coming to a close on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium:

7The number of quarterbacks the Colts have had on their active roster this season. That's an absurd number for a Colts team that has pretty much exclusively ran with two active quarterbacks in the Andrew Luck tenure. This 2015 season is going to be remembered for the days of Josh Johnson, Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley trying to consume an NFL playbook

7.6The average number of plays it takes for the Titans to record a sack, the third highest number in the NFL. In a three-win season for the Titans, they have received plenty of production from their front seven getting after the quarterback. A quintet of Titans have recorded at least four sacks in 2015.

9The number of games the Colts need to go their way in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs. It starts with the Colts and Titans and six other 1:00 games the Colts have to go their way on Sunday afternoon. If all that miraculously happens, the Colts would then have to watch two more 4:25 games to defy playoff odds currently slated around 2,200-to-1.

13.1The number of points the Titans have averaged in nine career starts for Zach Mettenberger. Sunday is the 10th expected start for the second-year quarterback. Mettenberger, the team's sixth-round last year, has been sacked at least five times in four of his nine career starts.

14The playoff appearances the Colts have made the last 16 years, the most in the NFL during that span. That number will need some crazy things to fall into place this Sunday for it to rise to 15. When the Colts look back on 2015, they will likely point to back-to-back divisional losses in Week's 14 (@Jacksonville) and 15 (Houston) as to how AFC South control fell out of their hands.

32The number of turnovers the Titans have committed in 2015, also their NFL ranking in the giveaways category. The Colts and Titans have both really struggled with giveaways this season. While Tennessee has trimmed the penalties under interim head coach Mike Mularkey, the turnovers continue to tell the story.

49The difference in receptions for Titans tight end Delaine Walker and the team's second leading pass catcher. It's a crazy disparity for a team's leading receiver and the second ranked pass catcher, especially when No. 1 is a tight end. Walker is one of the more underrated players in the NFL and was once again a Pro Bowl snub.

98The number of Robert Mathis, the Colts leading sacker this season. Mathis didn't enter the Colts starting lineup until Week Seven of the season. Considering that, his team-leading 7.0 sacks is a pretty impressive number, especially when you factor in his 10 offseason Achilles surgeries at the age of 34.

133The number of rushing yards the Colts had in their first meeting with the Titans, the second highest total of the season for the team. Frank Gore enters the final week of the season 109 yards short of 1,000 on the season. If he gets there, he would break a 55-game streak of no 100-yard rushers for the Colts. He would also be the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007.

500The number of field goals Adam Vinatieri has made in his career, the third most in NFL history. Vinatieri turned 43 years old on Monday. In his 20th NFL season, Vinatieri last missed a field goal back in Week Two.

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