Defense reigns supreme Indianapolis Colts win over Chicago

Defense reigns supreme in Indianapolis Colts win over the Chicago Bears

  • Chicago Bears
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Matt Nagy
  • Mitch Trubisky
  • NFL
  • Nick Foles
  • Week 4
  • Xavier Rhodes
By JacobMummert October 6, 2020 0 Comment
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The Colts marched into Soldier Field Sunday and pulled out a win against the Chicago Bears in a low scoring affair. How did they do it?

The Indianapolis Colts entered Sunday facing arguably their toughest opponents yet, the 3-0 Chicago Bears. The Bears entered off a quarterback change that put Nick Foles at the helm of their offense. In a battle of the defenses, the Colts proved why they have the number one ranked defense in the league. Defense reigns supreme for Indy in tough Chicago battle.

Defense is Legit

If we learned anything from Sunday, it’s that our defense is legit. Skeptics weren’t sure if the Colts defense was for real following two wins against opponents yet to win a game. Sunday proved the Colts defense is legit. The secondary stood tall against the Bears receiving core and came up with timely deflections. The first two offensive drives for the Bears ended with pass breakups from cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin started Sunday for two reasons. One, he was healthy after sitting out two weeks with a non-football illness, and two, fellow cornerback T.J. Carrie was out with a hamstring injury.

The defensive line wreaked havoc again getting one sack, three tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits. The team also held running back David Montgomery to only 27 yards on 10 carries and only 28 rushing yards for the Bears in total. The team was without the help of linebacker Darius Leonard in the second half. Leonard injured his groin in the first half and was ruled out for the second.

Rookie Spotlight

Also noted in the secondary was the stellar play of rookie safety Julian Blackmon. Blackmon got the nod at starter as the team looks for a replacement for safety Malik Hooker who is out the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. Blackmon stepped up in this game with three pass deflections two being off great, hard tackles. In the third quarter, Blackmon tackled wide receiver Allen Robinson for what was initially ruled a fumble but quickly overturned. Then in the next quarter, Blackmon hit wide receiver Anthony Miller just as he caught the ball forcing him to drop a pass on 3rd and 2. To cap off the day, eight plays later, Blackmon recorded his first career interception picking off Foles at the Colts seven-yard line.

Not Perfect, but Good

“We didn’t play perfect, but we played good,” those were some of the words that Reich used to describe their performance on Sunday. One would think he was talking about the offense. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw the ball 29 times connecting on 16 for 190 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Mo Alie-Cox. At times during the game, the offense felt pass first instead of run first. We have seen great success so far in the season when Rivers barely throws over 20 times a game. Approaching 30 attempts reminds fans of his, at times, careless passes that end up interceptions. Refer to game one where he threw three picks against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts also struggled in the run game. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries. Against a Bears defense that is in the bottom half of the league in run defense, that number should have been much bigger. The run game was also inconsistent with Taylor breaking free on one play then being stopped in the backfield the next two. Moving forward, the team needs to run first and pass second. They have had success doing it but at times abandon the run for no clear reason. Also of note, the offensive line had three penalties, two for holding and one for a false start, which is very uncharacteristic of them.

Finishing off drives was an issue in the last two weeks and remained the same on Sunday. The Colts scored a touchdown on their first drive but settled for four field goals the rest of the game. Those four drives ended at the three, 12, 26, and 12-yard lines. On the bright side, rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is tied for first in points with 45 and holds an 85.7 percent field goal percentage.

Moving On

With a record of 3-1, the Colts will now focus on their week five match-up with the Cleveland Browns who scored 49 points on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Now that the defense is set the team needs to focus on their offensive strategy. Hopefully, that involves an emphasis on the run game and fewer attempts from Rivers.

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