1. Kwity Paye and the pass rush was great against Lamar Jackson
Indy’s defensive front has been the most dominant thing for the team so far this season, and that continued on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. If a defense is going to contain the Ravens’ offense, they have to be able to stop the run and limit Lamar Jackson’s scrambles. Indy’s defensive line did one of those things on Sunday.
Led by Kwity Paye, the Colts sacked Lamar Jackson four times, with two being strip sacks. Paye, Samson Ebukam, Taven Bryan, and Zaire Franklin all had sacks, and the team had four additional quarterback hits. Jackson was consistently under pressure, and the defensive line made sure to be a factor in the game.
The most promising thing is that the Colts were often able to get pressure with just four men rushing. That means Indianapolis didn’t need to send blitz, something Gus Bradley rarely does anyway. The defensive line was just able to beat the man lined up across from them and take control of the game. As long as Indy can get to the quarterback with just four men rushing, the Colts defense should be good.