I don’t know what happened, but this Indianapolis Colts defense has found something in the last few weeks. The Colts are among the best defenses in the league over the past month, as they once again held their opponent to minimal offensive production.
The Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-10 today in Lucas Oil Stadium. Majority of that credit goes to the defense.
On the first possession of the game, Maurice Jones-Drew was hit and fumbled the ball. Colts cornerback Darius Butler recovered and gave their offense great field position. Indianapolis would go on to score on that drive taking the early lead.
The Colts defense wouldn’t relinquish much in the quarter as they shutout Jacksonville through the first 15 minutes of the game.
The Jaguars got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, but that was the last time they put points up on the board until garbage time.
Antoine Bethea intercepted a Chad Henne pass late in the second quarter, which set up a Colts field goal right before the half to give them all the momentum heading into the locker room. That carried over into the second half as Indianapolis scored a touchdown to make it 27-3 on the first drive.
Indianapolis’ defense did their jobs as they only allowed 42 yards on the ground today. They did give up 331 yards passing, but again, majority of that was in garbage time. Indianapolis also got three sacks on the day, which gives them 11 in the past three games.
The first team defense only gave up three points today, seven points last week and three against the Houston Texans the week prior. That’s only 13 total points surrendered by Indianapolis’ first team defense in three week.
That’s scary for Indianapolis’ opponents in the postseason.
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