Indianapolis, IN- It’s been a rough five weeks for the Indianapolis Colts on both sides of the ball. Last home game three weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams they gave up 38 points, and then last week on the road against the Arizona Cardinals they gave up 40.
It was time for them to step up if they wanted to make the playoffs this year as the offense continued their stagnant nature. All the Colts could muster on offense today was field goals until their final possession of the game. They had to settle for five Adam Vinatieri field goals as they struggled to find the end zone for most of the afternoon in front of a near sellout crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium.
In three of the last four games the offense has only scored three total touchdowns counting today. That’s why it’s on the defense to lead this team now.
They did just that today.
Indianapolis got enough pressure most of the day on Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to make his life miserable. Indianapolis picked off three of his passes with Cassius Vaughn having two and Jerrell Freeman getting the game sealer with just under 30 seconds to go.
The Colts kept running backs Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene in check as they had 69 yards on 18 carries and 39 yards on 10 carries, respectively. Fitzpatrick duped the defense three times gaining 54 yards on eight carries, but Indianapolis’ defense stepped it up huge today.
Also, don’t forget Robert Mathis‘ huge strip sack on Fitzpatrick on third down keeping them off the scoreboard in the third quarter.
This is how the Colts’ defense is going to need to play from now on. It’s unfortunately all on their shoulders.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru.