Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts: Tale of the tape

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The offenses

The usually dominant Colts offense has struggled at times this season. Early losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets set the blueprint for opponents to slow them down, and it starts with pressure. The Indianapolis offensive line has struggled to protect Andrew Luck all season long, and defenses have brought pressure.

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Buffalo blitzed often and found a lot of success, and Todd Bowles used a number of exotic blitzes the following week. With Luck under pressure, he’s made poor decisions and uncomfortable throws which has resulted in a number of turnovers.

Without “The Man” under center, Hasselbeck will need to remain cool when the pressure heats up. Since joining the Colts, he’s thrown for five touchdowns and just one pick. We will be watching a different offense than what we would normally expect from the Colts.

Atlanta has been in a funk offensively, also. After a red hot start, the unit has hit a wall and struggled to stay on the field and protect the football. This has led to three defeats in four games. There is too much talent for it to stay down for long.

Next: The defenses