The Indianapolis Colts have played a lot of bad and uninspiring football but there is something keeping their games exciting for fans.
This season, watching the Indianapolis Colts play has been torture for fans. The team is 3-5-1 and is coming off of its most disheartening game of the season. The offense has been absolutely terrible and that has led to Matt Ryan being benched, Marcus Brady being fired, and Nyheim Hines being traded. Even with all the changes, things haven’t gotten any better. As rough as Indy’s games have been to watch, there has been one entertaining, and fun, element for the Colts.
The thing keeping Indy’s games fun to watch is the combination of Grover Stewart and Indianapolis’ elite linebackers. Through all the underwhelming moments from the Colts this season, Stewart, Zaire Franklin, and Bobby Okereke have consistently balled for Indianapolis and led a solid Colts defense that hasn’t been able to overcome the team’s offensive struggles.
Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots was the latest example of excelling play from this dynamic trio in spite of another poor performance from the offense. Indy lost 26-3, and Sam Ehlinger was sacked nine times but Stewart and the linebackers made several plays that gave Colts fans something to cheer for.
Colts’ defensive trio is keeping games entertaining
Against the Patriots, Okereke had four tackles, one for a loss, and forced and recovered a fumble. Zaire Franklin added six tackles, two for a loss, and half a sack. Grover Stewart had yet another impressive day from the defensive tackle position, racking up five tackles with two for a loss.
All three players have been some of the best at their position in the league this season. There may not be a defensive tackle having a better year than Stewart, and Franklin and Okereke have undoubtedly been some of the best off-ball linebackers this season. It’s just unfortunate that their stellar play hasn’t been able to contribute to winning for the Colts. But, it has made the games bearable.
With the play of these three, the defense has been impressive while doing all it can to keep games close. With DeForest Buckner also playing well, Shaquille Leonard working his way back into the lineup, and Kwity Paye returning from injury and making plays, this defense is a lot of fun to watch and should remain so, even if it comes in losing efforts.