2. Colts can be better against the pass
Indy’s defense was a bit of a mixed bad on Sunday. They were pretty good against the run, aside from the late-game lapse that led to a 26-yard touchdown for Travis Etienne, kept the Colts in the game throughout the middle quarter, and even had a wild defensive touchdown. However, where the unit struggled was against the pass.
Trevor Lawrence completed 24-of-32 passes for 241 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He connected with five different receivers, but none more than Calvin Ridley. Ridley, in his first game back in over a year, reminded everyone that he’s an elite receiver, catching eight passes for 101 yards and one touchdown.
The good news is, most of those yards came in the first half. A halftime adjustment, which seemed to be having Kenny Moore II mirror Ridley, led to a much slower second half from the receiver. Regardless, the one place Indy was vulnerable defensively was against the pass.
That was somewhat expected entering the game, because the secondary is extremely young. Aside from Moore and Julian Blackmon, all of the starting defensive backs are second-year players, and their backups are rookies. Regardless, they’re starting now and it’s time for them to step up.