Even though the Colts lost the game on Sunday, their pass rush is something they can hang their hat on. It is finally starting to come along.
The Colts had their best pass rushing game of the year, recording seven sacks of Deshaun Watson. Doing so was paramount in keeping the team in the game. They should have had a chance to win the game because of that, but they didn’t.
Margus Hunt has done a good job rushing the passer all year. He added another sack to his total yesterday. Darius Leonard continued on his torrid pace as well, adding a sack with a total of 13 tackles. But the rest of the team did a good job too.
Watson’s scrambling was part of the reason he got sacked so much. He was trying to find places to run when the pocket closed in on him. But the Colts did a good job of closing those holes and bringing him down.
This can become a theme for the whole year. The defense has played better all year in general, and their pass rush is now coming along. They are going to need that when they face better competition, starting on Thursday against the Patriots.
Hopefully this pass rush can turn into wins. The Colts are now 1-4 and are in danger of starting 1-5 with them going to New England. That is a problem when the Patriots handled the Dolphins like they did on Sunday. The Colts are in for a fight.
The Colts were very good with that pass rush, but they need to show consistency. They need to be this good throughout the whole game if they want to win games.