29 Sundays to go.

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With the NFL 2016 season set to kick off on Thursday the 8th of September 2016 we have 29 Sundays without the regular season game of football to endure. Given that today’s kinda half gone makes it that little bit more bearable but it is still a long way to make our brains go without much NFL stuff to go on, so perhaps we should look at number 29 from this strange perspective.
Did you know that?

  • Adam Vinateri missed a 29 yards field goal attempt in a second game of regular season where Indy hosted NY Jets. The last time that Adam missed a field goal attempt from that range was in 2007. To add salt to the injury he then went on perfect for remaining of the season 2015 and his other missed FG attempt happened week earlier when he missed 52-harder when Colts were up against the Bills.
    The Colts went into losing booth games, creating a shocking start for a then Super Bowl contender. Yes, we can all laugh now at the silly predictions everyone was making.

  • Andrew Luck’s longest rushing attempt while playing in the NFL is 29 yards. He accomplished that feat in 2013 when the Colts went with a visit to Cincinnati. The scramble occurred in 3rd quarter when the Colts were down 7-21. The run led to Colts scoring and bringing the game to 14-21 but despite Luck’s efforts worth 326 yards and four touchdowns the Bengals still managed to drop 42 points on Colts defence grabbing a comfy win of 42-28.

  • Dwayne Allen was targeted only 29 times during the whole 2015 season. The tight end who caught 29 passes in season 2014, eight of which turned into touchdowns was heavily underutilised in the passing game during the 2015 season, just adding to the fact how badly the whole o-line struggled and how the hyped offense prior to start of the season let everyone down.

  • Pat McAfee will be 29 on May the 2nd of 2016. This well accomplished punter was one of not many bright spots on the Colts’ roster last season. It is quite amusing that he wasn’t chosen to Pro Bowl given how well he handles the punting and kick off duties with one of the best rates of touchbacks. Oh and talk about the kick off recovery skills among his comedian talents.

  • Indy’s defence allowed 29 receiving touchdowns during the 2015 season. The first one being the 51 yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to Percy Harvin (would you dream off that passing combo prior to the start of the season?) during Indy’s losing effort of facing the Bills that finished with 14-27 loss. The last Passing touchdown the Indy’s D allowed was funnily enough produced by Alex Tanney, who had spent most of the 2015 season on Indy’s training squad, he was picked by the Titans to replace Mariota and the said pass was a five yarder to Dorial Green Backham.

It was a fitting, ironic end to the Colts 2015 campaign where the starting quarterback and couple of back ups were too beaten up to play and the training squad quarterback scored against them in the last game, while, he could had played earlier for the Colts and the play off appearance might had been secured. Never mind. At the end of the day, as fans of the team we can enjoy plenty of merchandise including this wicked scarf to keep us warm through the early months of 2016.

Well. Here. Still 29 Sundays away from first regular game kick off but at least we killed some time and we realised how interesting the number 29 turned out to be.

All statistical data per http://www.pro-football-reference.com
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