Indianapolis Colts Defense Overview

A lot has been done this year, including from us at Raider Maven, about how the Indianapolis Colts have looked offensively.

Even with this performance, they are still in a position where they could face AFC South, and a lot of that comes down to their defence.

Freshman defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, after holding the same position with the Las Vegas Raiders last year, has the Colts in the top five in the NFL in yards allowed and 13th in points given up per game.

It is the continuation of a solid model for the Foalsas they have been in the top 10 in points allowed each of the past two seasons.

It’s more remarkable that they’ve been able to maintain that form this season with arguably their best player, linebacker Shaquille Leonard, having played just three games.

Even without the first team’s three-time All-Pro, the Colts aren’t without players who can make opposing offenses sweat.

Up front, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner leads the team in sacks with five and has led the Colts in sacks each of the previous two years.

He’s flanked by an explosive pair of cutting edge rushers in second-year standout Kwity Paye and former Raider Yannick Ngakoue.

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Linebacker Bobby Okereke has done his part to fill Leonard’a shoes, being second on the Colts in total tackles and ranked by Pro Football Focus as their fifth-best linebacker in the NFL this season.

On defense, they have a strong secondary led by cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Kenny Moore who gave up sixth-fewest passing yards in the league.

Then again, most of those players were on the Colts last season when the Raiders beat them by three runs at Indianapolis.

It will be interesting to see how many of them still regret that game and if that ends up being a motivating factor on Sunday.

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