The Colts got a lot of plays in the red zone a season ago. They played very well in that space, and they need to keep that up in 2019.
The red zone is one of the most important areas in football. It is the closest area to the end zone, and good teams capitalize in that area. All of the best teams convert in that area and score more touchdowns than field goals. It’s where the money is made.
Indianapolis was one of those good teams. They were fifth in the league in red zone scoring, scoring a touchdown on 67% of their tries. That is pretty good considering how terrible they were a year before, only scoring touchdowns on 40% of their red zone trips.
Scoring that many times inside the 20 is great for any team. It takes pressure off of their kicker and defense, although Adam Vinatieri is still a great kicker. But converting on those opportunities means that the defense doesn’t have to work as hard to stop the other team.
To be where they want to be next season, the Colts have to keep those stats up. They need to stay in the top five, or maybe move into the top three. One of the reasons they were so good is because of Eric Ebron. He scored a ton of touchdowns in the red area a season ago, and should do so again.
Gaining more weapons on the offensive side of the ball should only help their red zone numbers in 2019. Expect the Colts to keep up their stellar play there and continue to score touchdowns instead of field goals.