3 Colts defenders who must step up to make playoffs
The Indianapolis Colts are close to grabbing a playoff spot, but they will need some defensive improvement to get there.
The Indianapolis Colts are 6-6 after winning five of their last seven games and it’s very likely they can make the playoffs if they just keep winning. Their final five games are against some tough opponents, but with the offensive efficiency Indianapolis has been playing with, they will have a chance against anyone.
What the Colts can do to strengthen their chances is improve on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, they force the most turnovers in the NFL, but they still need to be solid without relying on turnovers.
So far, they have struggled against the run and the pass, and instead of the turnovers being a luxury, they have been a bailout. If Indy is going to make the playoffs and have a meaningful run, the defense is going to have to be better. Here are three Colts defenders who must step up for the team to make the playoffs.
3. Colts defenders who must step up: Xavier Rhodes
This is a no-brainer; Xavier Rhodes has struggled all season. The 31-year-old cornerback started the season with a calf injury, and it has compromised his play all season.
On the year, Rhodes has played nine games and has been targeted 49 times, giving up 32 completions for 449 yards and three touchdowns. His play has been a big part of Indianapolis’ secondary struggles.
Fortunately for Rhodes and the Colts, he has the opportunity to turn things around. Just last season, Rhodes was still playing at a quality level, so unless his ability has just hit a cliff, it’s likely that it was the nagging injury holding him back. If his health is improved, his play should be shortly after, too.
In this final stretch of the regular season, Indianapolis could really benefit from an improved secondary and that starts with Rhodes.