Colts vs. Houston: Defensive post-game grades
The Colts beat Houston 21-7 in a suffocating defensive effort. They were all over the field the entire game. Here is how each unit of the defense played.
It might have been the best defensive effort for the Colts in the last five seasons considering the circumstances. They were great from start to finish, although Houston mounted a little bit of a push at the end. Here is how each unit on the defense played tonight.
The defensive line played spectacularly all game long. They were able to push the pocket and make Deshaun Watson uncomfortable all game. He never was able to get into a rhythm. The line also was able keep the running game in check and didn’t allow anyone to push through to the second level.
Darius Leonard was over the field. He is like that every game so it’s not surprising. He led the team in tackles yet again. Anthony Walker played a solid game too. The entire unit did a good job on coverage underneath and coming down on the running backs to stop any momentum they could build.
Pierre Desir was stellar today on DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins wasn’t able to break free for any big plays. Kenny Moore had a pick and a sack. He came in on a lot of blitzes and made Watson rush throws. Clayton Geathers had a decent amount of tackles as well.
The entire defense should be ecstatic about the effort they put forth today. They are playing incredibly well under Matt Eberflus at the right time of the year. Defense travels, especially in the playoffs.
Expect the defense to continue to play well, but they go up against a heavy challenge against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. But if this defense has shown us anything, it’s that we should stop doubting them.