Colts: Justin Houston’s comment on Lamar Jackson is exactly what we needed

Colts DE Justin Houston (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Colts DE Justin Houston (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Colts fans will love DE Justin Houston’s comments on facing Ravens dual-threat QB Lamar Jackson.

A COVID-19 scare within the Indianapolis Colts organization has unfortunately prevented fans from focusing all of their energy preparing for a huge matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but that issue thankfully appears to be behind us.

Given the stakes at hand and the fact that this could be a potential future playoff matchup down the road, this is unquestionably the biggest game of the Colts’ season. While both sides of the ball will need to be at the top of their game if Indy stands a chance at coming away with a victory, we’re unsure as to whose performance will be more pivotal in determining the end result.

After all, Baltimore boats a star-studded defense that will, in all likelihood, make things extremely difficult for quarterback Philip Rivers and Co. At the same time, however, the Ravens roster arguably the most dynamic player on the planet in Lamar Jackson, who, despite his struggles in the pocket this season, presents a world of problems for opposing defenses.

Well, fans in Indianapolis will love hearing that defensive end Justin Houston doesn’t fear the reigning MVP one bit heading into Sunday’s showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"“I played against him, so hands down and by far the quickest, fastest quarterback,” Houston told reporters on Wednesday. “That’s no knock to any other quarterback. There are a lot of quarterbacks with speed, but no other quarterback moves the way he moves in that pocket. When he gets out of the pocket, he is so dangerous.”“I think the biggest thing is don’t play scared. Respect him, but don’t fear him. Don’t let that slow you down in your rush, because I know a lot a guys can be timid to hit him.”"

Those comments are exactly what we needed to hear, because we honestly have zero idea what to expect from this game. Could we see the Colts pulling off an “upset”? Absolutely, but we could also see Jackson having a field day coming off one of the worst games of his career last weekend against the Steelers, when he committed four back-breaking turnovers.

Speaking of which, let’s hope that head coach Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus spent the last several days analyzing film from that fixture, because Pittsburgh made the Ravens superstar look as comfortable as we’ve seen him since he took over the starting job halfway through the 2018 campaign.

One thing is for certain, however, and that is Houston will have the defense ready to play on Sunday, and that alone should be enough to instill confidence in Colts fans.