Last Friday, on Colts Authority's "Eyes in the Backfield" post, collaborated by Nate Dunlevy, Todd Smith and myself, I made the following point:
4.Watch for the big play. Remember the Colts' last game against the Titans? Donald Brown does. The Titans' run defense is 24th in run defense DVOA this season, one spot ahead of Cleveland, who the Colts' ran over surprisingly easily last week. If Donald Brown plays this week (he was a full participant on Thursday), he could see some daylight for the first time all year.
Not to toot my own horn (okay, completely to toot my own horn), but I felt good about that one after Donald Brown had a pair of 19 yard carries on Sunday, and even Vick Ballard got in the mix with a 17-yarder of his own.
But, we know it happened, the question I'm interested in answering is why did it happen. The short answer is because Tennessee isn't great at run defense, and our interior line finally showed up this week.
The long answer involves pictures.