INDIANAPOLIS – Now it’s onto the defensive side of the football for a group that has played a variety of the league’s offenses already this season.
The defense had its starting 11 intact for the first time in over a month last Sunday against the Broncos.
Here’s a look at some burning questions at each defensive positional group…
How has the health along the defensive line benefited the Colts? Outside of
That’s a far cry from 2012 when depth was lacking.
Now guys like
The Colts defense has been very good in short-yardage situations and the defensive line controlling the line of scrimmage on those plays are a major reason why.
Are the Colts linebackers on the verge of a strong second half? The Colts linebackers might have played their best game of the year on against the Broncos.
The Colts already have 21.0 sacks (11.5 from league leader Robert Mathis), which is well on the way to obliterate last year’s total of 32.0.
Can the Colts secondary build off last week’s performance against Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense?: Led by
The Colts fought through injuries in the second half and nickel back
Having Landry back on the backend should allow for a few more big plays similar to the turnover causing hit he put on Denver running back Ronnie Hillman late in the fourth quarter last week.
The Colts had 15 takeaways in all of 2012 and are just two short of that number after seven games this season.
What’s in store for the Colts special teams moving forward? As the oldest player in the NFL,
Vinatieri has made three field goals of over 50 yards the last two weeks and is 15-of-17 on the season.
The Colts punt coverage unit has been very good over the past few weeks with