1. Colts’ run defense was bullied by the Rams
This was the most embarrassing, and unbelievable part of Sunday’s game. The secondary struggling is, unfortunately, kind of expected. The offense having miscues is also to be expected with a rooking quarterback running the show. However, the group with the most veterans, and established dominance, that Indy should be able to lean on, is the run defense.
On Sunday, that run defense was no where to be found. The Rams ran the ball 36 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn’t even like Los Angeles just broke off some flukey long runs because of a few bad run fits. No. The Colts were consistently being moved off the ball and run through. The Rams were having their way.
You don’t expect to see that when Indy’s defensive line has elite defensive tackles like DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart, and the elite linebacker unit behind them has Zaire Franklin, Shaquille Leonard, and EJ Speed. It wasn’t their day though, and if Indy can’t stop the run, the team probably won’t do much well.
The Colts came very close to making all these failures underlying themes in a tough win, but in the end, these very issues are why Indianapolis is now 2-2.