The Colts were able to win a close game today against the Giants 28-27. The defense didn’t have their best day early though. Here is how each unit fared.
Early on, the Colts defense struggled mightily. They allowed an opening drive touchdown, and allowed New York to score two touchdowns in the first quarter. They did play better in the second half though. Here is how each unit played in this game.
This grade is really for the job they did on Saquon Barkley. They only allowed him to gain 43 yards on 21 carries. He was not a factor in the running game at all. But the defensive line struggled getting pressure on Eli Manning. Denico Autry did have another good play in this one though.
Darius Leonard didn’t quite live up to his 40 tackle goal. But he did lead the team with 9. The entire defense clearly missed Anthony Walker, who was out with an injury. They did do a good job with the run defense, but were suspect in coverage. They let tight ends run wild on them in the passing game.
This unit did not play very well. They let Manning torch them up and down the field for the majority of the game. Sterling Shepard was seemingly open on every play. But Malik Hooker did seal the victory with an interception on the last possession of the game.
The defense has to be more consistent with their play, especially if they are able to make the playoffs. A defensive effort like this will not get it done against a better offensive team. They have to go back to getting pressure on the quarterback.
If the Colts are able to make the playoffs, this defense is going to have to play well for them to win games.