The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


September 29, 2013

Defense comes up big again in dominant win


Things have worked out quite well for the Indianapolis defense the past two weeks. They allowed just seven points a week ago in San Francisco and held Jacksonville to just 40 rushing yards on Sunday.

Maurice Jones-Drew has spent the majority of his career making Colts defenders look silly, but he managed just 23 yards on 13 carries against an improved defensive front this time around.

"To hold MJD to 1.8 yards per carry, phenomenal," Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said. "Phenomenal job by that defense."

The defense needed to be that good with the offense struggling early.

The Colts were scoreless in the first quarter and really didn't seem to get on track until reserve running back Donald Brown broke off a 50-yard run midway through the second quarter.

By then, Butler already had given Indianapolis the lead.

"We needed a spark," Pagano said. "We got off to a little bit of a slow start offensively, and the defense was out there bailing us out and making plays. That play that Darius made, the pick-6, definitely got us some momentum and was a huge play. D-Buts does that all the time. He's kinda Johnny on the spot, if you will."

Davis said the defensive backs' big plays couldn't come without help from the defensive line up front. The Colts sacked Gabbert four times — led by three from outside linebacker Robert Mathis — and never allowed the quarterback to get comfortable in the pocket.

"We're just playing together as a unit," Davis said. "It starts in practice, and we try to stick together no matter what happens. We know the (opposing) offense is gonna make their plays, but we stick together and we know we've got 60 minutes. So we just play hard for 60 minutes."

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