The Incomparable wrote:
People will be singing a different tune towards the end of the year about the Colts. They have an average D, which is much better than the terrible D they've had for years, that has yet to face anyone other than the Rams & Pats.
I'm sure the Colts will be exposed a few times during the course of the rest of the season. Some team (I suspect it will be Pittsburgh if Big Ben plays) will make them look back. The Steelers will pound them right down their throats, and the Steelers secondary, although not significantly talented, they manage to lock down top wideouts very well, and you'll see probably their front 7 have one of their better games. But I don't want to get into a game breakdown of Steelers-Colts just yet.
But as I said, the Colts will be exposed, but that is still doesn't turn a top defense into an average one. Do I think the Colts are in the same class as the Bucs, Ravens, Panthers, etc.? No, but they are still a tough defense.
Look at the Falcons defense, they have been exposed numerous times, but most of us still believe that our defense is pretty tough. It just hasn't been playing like it. Having 2 or 3 bad games for the Colts doesn't make them a average defense, just the same as having 4 or 5 bad games makes our defense bad.
But before the Falcons can expect to compete with the Colts, they need to show much greater consistency on both sides of the ball. We need to show that we are capable of scoring 30 or more points on a consistent basis. THat doesn't mean every game, but getting 30 here, 34 there, 27 there, etc. We also need to show that we are capable of shutting down quality offenses to 14 or less points consistently as well, and show some ability to lock down quality receivers especially when teams spread out our D to put our 3rd corner out there.
I mean, whether you're looking at it now or potentially in January, you can't be too excited about the matchup of Allen Rossum/Christian Morton against Brandon Stokley.