Indianapolis Colts: Defense Playing Championship Level Football

By Eric Smith
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Who would have thought that the Indianapolis Colts‘ defense would be the best in the NFL right now? Yes, this is the same Colts defense that gave up 42 points just two weeks ago to the Cincinnati Bengals, but this defense is zoned in and playing championship level football.

No one gave them much of a chance going into today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. They thought last week’s performance at home against the Houston Texans was a fluke. Indianapolis not only showed that it wasn’t a fluke in today’s 23-7 victory over the Chiefs, but they’re playing at a high level.

Kansas City scored 56 points last week and 45 the week prior. With how much Alex Smith has been a game manager not turning the ball over, and Jamaal Charles going off for five touchdowns last week, everyone predicted Kansas City would score easily today.

The Colts’ defense stepped up and willed out a win. They were, by far, the better team and played very physical. Indianapolis only gave up 287 yards of total offense to the Chiefs and forced four turnovers. Smith was sacked four times and threw two interceptions. Kansas City also fumbled twice, as they only scored a total of seven points Sunday afternoon.

Those were very similar stats to what Houston got on Indianapolis. Houston’s quarterback Case Keenum was sacked four times last week and was picked off twice as well. They only got 239 yards of total offense and were kept in single digits as well only scoring three points.

So, this defense has eight sacks, four interceptions, six turnovers and has only given up 10 points in two weeks combined.

That’s scary.

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

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