The Indianapolis Colts’ come to town this Sunday and The Kist & Solak Show have you covered on what to look for in their match-up with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles! First up in the bountiful slate of previews is the Eagles offense against the Colts defense, plus, some house cleaning with the injury report and Carson Wentz’s first press conference as an active member of the roster!
The Colts defense isn’t exciting; there’s a ton of youth, a lack of top tier talent, and a pretty basic coverage scheme. However, there are bright spots on a defense that despite all that ranks 15th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA.
Second round rookie linebacker Darius Leonard was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 2 performance against the Washington Redskins. He notched 18 tackles, 15 solo, forced fumble and a sack. He’s a big part of the reason Pro Football Focus has the Colts as their highest rated in team tackling and has shown some good range and he’s made some big plays for the defense.
It only took safety Malik Hooker 7 games to rack up 3 interceptions before tearing his ACL and MCL in his rookie season. His return to form will be big for a cover 2 defense that doesn’t seem to be using his skill set in a cover 3 scheme for which he was built.
The run defense shut the Redskins down, limiting them to 65 rush yards. That’s one game removed from allowing Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon to rip off 5 yards a clip on them with a 61% success rate for the team on the ground, so the jury is still out.
More talk about their two young studs, the overall defense and more on The Kist & Solak Show, stream it on the player below or click here if the player doesn’t load.
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