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Colts Pass Rush Does Their Best Robert Mathis' Impression

Intro: Sunday was supposed to mark the return of Robert Mathis, Instead it was Bjoern Werner doing his best Mathis’ impression in the Colts 20-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.





INDIANAPOLIS – On a day when Robert Mathis was supposed to return to the lineup, it was his pupil that made the mentor one happy spectator.

Bjoern Werner turned in a career-high two sacks, along with six tackles, and honored the Colts all-time sack leader with his best rendition of No. 98's own sack dance.

"It was a tribute to him, the sack master," Werner, who was still donning his pads nearly a half-hour after game the game had finished, said following the Colts 20-13 victory.

Werner led a Colts pass rush that seemingly set up shop in the Ravens backfield all afternoon long.

The man starting for Mathis led the way but the entire Colts defense all played a role in a four-sack afternoon.

Coming into Sunday, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hadn't been sacked in 91 straight pass attempts and had only been sacked three times all year long (153 pass attempts).

The Colts sacked Flacco on four different occasions on Sunday (38 pass attempts), with Werner cracking the box score for the first time in 2014.

"It was a relief of course," Werner said of the several near misses he's had in 2014.

"You always want to get that first one of the season. I credit the whole defense for those two sacks. Robert Mathis being there for the young pass rushers, talking to us during the week."


Earlier this week, Werner went up to new starting safety Sergio Brown and addressed his frustration of no sacks through the first quarter of the season.

Brown, who was making his first start in a Colts uniform on Sunday, reassured Werner that those sacks were about to come.

Little did Brown know that himself would have a critical takedown of Flacco.

With the Colts leading 3-0 early in the second quarter, the Ravens faced a fourth-and-one at the Indianapolis three-yard line.

Brown came off Flacco's blindside and blew up a play that had minimal time to develop, forcing a turnover-on-downs.

After the win, Brown wanted to talk about the man who's pass rushing role has received all the attention this offseason.

"All of camp, all of OTAs, we have a production chart, and Bjoern is racking up sacks, picks, fumbles," Brown said knowing it was only a matter of time for Werner to breakthrough.

"He's doing his thing so I'm very happy for him."

The defensive effort didn't just stop at the pass rush.

Each of the last two weeks, the Colts offense has overshadowed solid afternoons for the Colts defense, but on Sunday it was time for Greg Manusky's defense to take center stage.

Baltimore came into Sunday fifth in the NFL with a 50 percent conversion rate on third-downs. The Colts held the Ravens to just 1-of-11 on the money down.

The Ravens scored on three of their 12 offensive drives (25 percent), well below their NFL-best 50 percent score rate (20-of-40 drives) through the first quarter of the season.

Their 287 yards of total offense was more than 100 yards fewer than their third-best AFC mark coming into Week Five.

"They were phenomenal," Chuck Pagano said of his defense, that also forced three turnovers.

"Credit Greg Manusky and that entire staff. Those guys on that side, they played tremendous. On the outside, the corners did a tremendous job. Everybody on defense got a game ball."

On the Ravens final offensive drive, the jumbotron inside of Lucas Oil Stadium showed Robert Mathis, vehemently trying to implore the 12th man for one final defensive stop.

Werner heard and saw Mathis, channeling his best impression with a sack of Flacco on the first play of the drive.

All offseason long, Werner hasn't shied away from accepting the massive pass rush void of Mathis.

Sunday, the results led way to a little dance.

"The kid is a great kid," the 12-year veteran Redding says of Werner.

"He's going to be a heck of a player for the Colts for years to come. I'm just so excited for the kind of player that he's becoming."

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