INDIANAPOLIS – Now it’s onto the defensive side of the football for a group that has remained relatively healthy compared to the offense.
The defense put together its best performance in over a month on Sunday and that must continue to make a playoff run.
Here’s a look at some burning questions at each defensive positional group…
Can the Colts defensive line create more quarterback pressures?
At the age of 32,
Mathis has been the constant pass rushing threat for the Colts with the rest of the defense accounting for just 14.5 sacks.
The Colts will be without
Are the Colts linebackers on the verge of a strong second half?
Freeman once again leads the Colts in tackles (97) and has ramped up his game-changing plays in 2013 with 3.5 sacks to go along with two forced turnovers.
The position next to Freeman seems to be more of a revolving door with
Toler has been absent from the Colts secondary since the bye week. There’s a chance Toler could make his return this week which would be ideal considering A.J. Green is the competition.
The safety duo of
After six interceptions through the first month of the season, the Colts had just two over the next seven weeks before three picks on Sunday.
The Colts 19 takeaways are the fewest among AFC any team currently above .500.
An added pass rush and a healthy secondary should improve that number heading into the homestretch of the regular season.
Will the Colts break a return before the end of 2013?
The Colts have added the electric
Rainey took over for
Pagano is very pleased with what he saw from Rainey and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts finally break a return before the year is over.
Special teams gunner
Vinatieri’s 26-of-29 on field goals and his 15 made field goals from at least 40 yards in 2013 is a single-season career-high for the 18-year veteran.
Here’s a look at yesterday’s offensive burning questions.