The Indianapolis Colts are half way through the season, sitting at 4-5. As they prepare to travel to Frankfurt, Germany for a Week 10 matchup against the New England Patriots, the year has already had plenty of ups and downs. Things started with Indy’s top three picks, Anthony Richardson, JuJu Brents, and Josh Downs, playing some exciting football. However, they are now all dealing with injuries, with Richardson out for the season.
The Colts also had to deal with Jonathan Taylor missing the first four games because he was on the PUP list. Fortunately, Zack Moss stepped up and was dominant to start the season. Now, with Taylor back, he and Moss make up a dangerous backfield.
Defensively, the season has been rocky for the Colts. Between injuries and inexperience, the secondary has had a lot of growing pains. Up front, the unit is still seeing standout performances from guys like DeForest Buckner and Zaire Franklin, however, Grover Stewart is currently suspended and other defensive linemen haven’t quite made the jump that everyone hoped they would.
With all of that going on, who would be considered the MVP for the Colts in the first half of the season. Stephen Holder answered that question in ESPN’s most recent power rankings. Indy was ranked at No. 21 and Holder made the case for DeForest Buckner as the team’s non-QB MVP. Considering Indy’s QB play, it’s safe to say Buckner is the MVP, even with quarterbacks included.
DeForest Buckner named MVP of Colts for first half of 2023
Holder explained that Buckner has impressive numbers on the season but his real impact comes from dominating while commanding so much attention from opposing offenses. Holder highlights that Buckner is one of the most double-teamed players against the run and the pass. Still, in nine games this season, Buckner has 36 tackles, six for a loss, five sacks, nine quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, and three pass deflections.
It has undoubtedly been another great season for Buckner already. If the defense around him continues to play better like they did on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, the Colts should be able to pick up several more wins this season.