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Colts by the numbers after four games

One quarter of the way into a roller coaster NFL season, Colts have put up their share of noteworthy statistics, more bad than good.

While numbers can have a numbing effect on how sports are broken down, there's no shortage of telling statistics about the Indianapolis Colts after four games.

Take, for example, fourth-year tight end Coby Fleener, who caught a career-high nine passes in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. After two games, Fleener had only one catch (in addition to a two-point conversion reception). As tight end Dwayne Allen sits with an ankle injury that has sidelined him the past two games, Fleener has flourished. He now has 14 catches for 139 yards and one touchdown, a 2-yard score Sunday.

Here's a look at enough numbers to make your head spin:

* -9 -- If citing numerals, it makes sense to start from the bottom, which in this case the negative nine applies to the Colts' turnover ratio. They've had seven interceptions and five lost fumbles while the defense has come up with three interceptions. Subtract three from 12 and you've got the negative nine.

* 0 -- How many catches wide receiver Andre Johnson has had in the past two games.

* 1 -- How many times Johnson didn't have a catch in 169 games with the Houston Texans.

* 2 -- How many fumbles running back Frank Gore has lost into the opponents' end zones for touchbacks. Gore doesn't have a history of fumbling; he's lost more than three in a season only once, back in 2006, his second NFL season.

* 3 -- Touchdown catches for second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who had the same total in 16 games as a rookie.

* 5 -- Sacks for the Colts' defense.

* 7 -- Average number of hits Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck have taken each game. It's also the number of Luck interceptions, which despite him not playing Sunday, is tied for the league high with Tampa Bay rookie Jameis Winston.

* 8 -- Sacks the Colts have allowed.

* 9 -- Career-high catches for Fleener on Sunday.

* 10 -- Solo tackles for inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson against the Jaguars.

* 15 -- Consecutive wins against AFC South Division foes, which ties the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins for the longest such streak in NFL history. It's also the Colts' defensive ranking in points allowed at 23.2 per game, tied with Atlanta.

* 17 -- Game-high tackle total for Jackson against the Jaguars.

* 21 -- Colts wins in one-possession games since 2012. Team has the best win percentage in these games at .840 (21-4).

* 23 -- Receptions for Moncrief, one more than T.Y. Hilton for the team lead.

* 25 -- Game-winning field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime for Adam Vinatieri after he hit a 27-yard kick in overtime.

* 27 -- Ranking out of 32 teams, in points scored at 18 per game, tied with Tampa Bay.

* 47 -- Total tackles for Jackson, which leads the league as of Sunday night.

* 54 -- As in yards on Vinatieri's first field goal Sunday. That enabled him to pass Mike Vanderjagt to become the Colts' all-time leader in points, which ended up at 1,004 after he kicked two more field goals and an extra point.

* 71 -- More passing yards gained by Colts' opponents (1,072-1,001). The Colts led the NFL with 4,894 passing yards and 40 TD passes last season.

* 82 -- Combined years of age for Vinatieri (42) and Hasselbeck (40), who are both the oldest in the league to play their positions. Vinatieri is the NFL's oldest player.

* 128 -- More rushing yards gained by Colts' opponents (478-350).

* 199 -- More total yards gained by Colts' opponents (1,550-1,351).

* 218 -- Field goals for Vinatieri with the Colts, a new franchise record.

* 1,000 -- Points scored for both the Colts and New England Patriots, making Vinatieri the first player in NFL history to eclipse that total with two teams.

* 1,004 -- Points scored by Vinatieri for the Colts, a new franchise record.

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