INDIANAPOLIS – Now it’s onto the defensive side of the football for a group that is about to encounter one more dual-threat quarterback this weekend.
The unit has stopped the run over the last two weeks and forced turnovers, two areas that were of prime focus throughout the offseason.
Here’s a look at some burning questions at each defensive positional group…
Can the Colts defensive line continue to keep its stranglehold on opposing running backs? Through the month of September, the Colts did a pretty solid job in limiting running backs such as Darren McFadden, Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew.
The unit has stayed healthy outside of
That depth has been vital in holding opponents to 171 fewer rushing yards than the Colts have gained in 2013.
What does the loss of
Werner is out for four-to-six weeks which means in nickel packages the Colts will likely have new outside linebacker
Linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald talked about the versatility his group had coming into 2013 and we’ve seen guys lining up all over the field, especially on third downs.
With high flying passing attacks upcoming on the schedule, will the Colts secondary continue to flourish?: Even with
The defensive backs have six interceptions (had 10 all last year) through the first four games and have only allowed two receiving touchdowns.
With the Colts having 13 sacks after a month, the secondary deserves a lot of credit for that number considering how many “coverage” sacks have occurred thanks to the backend.
The starting secondary has lived up to the preseason hype and thanks to
What should fans expect from the Colts return units in 2013? The Colts are still searching for that first big return of 2013.
New wide receiver
On punt returns,
The Colts kick coverage unit has been fantastic in 2013, leading the AFC in allowing opponent’s an average starting field position of the 19.3-yard line after kickoffs.