1. Significantly Better Defense
The Colts’ league-best defense? Yeah, pretty good.
It shouldn’t surprise anybody that Indianapolis’ dominance on the defensive side of the ball comes in at No. 1 on this list. After all, they’ve established themselves as one of the better groups in all of football, and the numbers back it up. Through 10 games, the Colts rank second in total yards allowed per game (298.1), third in passer rating (82.7) and interception rate (3.7), fourth in takeaways (17) and fifth in total points (20.8).
If those stats don’t prove that Indianapolis is just as strong against the pass as they are against the run, then nothing does. When it comes to the Titans, however, they don’t exactly flourish on defense despite having a former Pro Bowl linebacker as their head coach. Sounds odd, right?
For the season, Tennessee ranks 25th in yards per game (388.9), 18th in points (25.9), 15th in yards per play (5.7), 31st in sacks (12) and 27th in passing yards (267.4). What more needs to be said? The Titans, in every sense of the word, have a second-rate defense that is vulnerable at all three levels.
This isn’t even a debate, folks: the Colts are a better football team than Tennessee. Don’t let the fact that they have the same record distract you from coming to terms with that realization.