Heading into the game with the Seahawks, the Colts defense found itself in a fairly strange place. Lauded by most due to above average performances against the 49ers and Jags, the game against the Seahawks offered a true barometer as to where the unit is from a league-wide context. Pain on the ground was always going to prove likely, and with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch both breaking the 100 yard barrier that was indeed the case. The lack of defensive integrity was frustrating at times, though just enough plays were made from a defensive perspective in the passing game to give the Colts a chance at a win.
Particularly worthy of praise is Jerell Freeman, who looks to be coming on leaps and bounds with every week - with recent weeks an exhibition of his pass rushing abilities. Similarly worthy is the perennial monster that is Robert Mathis. Freeman and Mathis together contributed a ton of pressure on Sunday, and it completely impacted the result of the game, masking some pretty poor coverage on the back end. Erik Walden even deserves plaudits for his play.
I've taken three plays from third down in the second half to show what I'm talking about.
The first play I've selected is a 3rd and 8 in the 3rd quarter - Seattle lead by two with 11:30 left on the clock.no comments