by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Colts DST allowed a couple late touchdowns in an otherwise strong game against the Jaguars.
Indianapolis shut down Jacksonville until Blake Bortles entered the game. Bortles managed two scores against the Indy DST. It wasn't all bad, as they also picked off Bortles for a touchdown late in the contest. The team racked up four sacks, two interceptions and one fumble during the game.
The Colts DST will look for more Week 4 against the Titans.
Arthur Jones to miss 2-4 weeks with high ankle sprain
The Colts have already dealt with issues stopping the run in the team's first two games, and Jones' absence could mean their defensive woes could continue. Fortunately, the team faces a juicy matchup against the pedestrian Jaguars offense in Week 3.
Bjoern Werner making little impact
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/16/14) With Colts linebacker Robert Mathis out for the season, 2013 first-round pick Bjoern Werner is under the gun to get pressure on the quarterback. It didn't happen in Monday's loss to the Eagles, as Werner registered one hit on quarterback Nick Foles.
"Outside of a couple pressure plays during the preseason, Werner has done very little this season," notes ESPN.com. He has five tackles and no sacks through two regular-season games after recording 2.5 sacks as a rookie.
Colts DST comes apart in second half
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/16/14) The Colts DST enjoyed a fine first half against the Eagles, allowing just a pair of field goals. But the unit fell apart in the second half of a 30-27 home loss.
Philly rolled up 458 total yards as running back Darren Sproles (152 receiving yards) shot through Indy's defense on screens and dumpoffs. The Colts finished with one turnover, cornerback Greg Toler's acrobatic interception, and no sacks.
The Colts DST has given up 61 points in two games against high-powered offenses. Indy should have more luck Week 3 when it visits the plodding Jaguars.
Jerrell Freeman ruled out for Week 2, Josh McNary to start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/13/14) Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Saturday that starting linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Eagles.
It's a blow to the team's pass defense, as Freeman is regarded as the defense's best coverage linebacker. In his absence, the start will go to Josh McNary, of whom Pagano said, "The guy can flat out run and cover," per Colts.com. Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has also been ruled out for Monday's game.
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This could be the year Chuck Pagano's vision comes into focus in Indianapolis. The DST stunningly finished as a Top 10 unit last season thanks to a very strong finish against the Texans, Chiefs and Jaguars. They ranked 13th against the pass but a disappointing 26th against the run. So when the Colts had the chance to add run-stuffer D'Qwell Jackson after the Browns cut him, they didn't hesitate. If Jackson can do for the Colts what he did for the Browns then the unit has a chance to be really good. It would be even more interesting if they could improve on their special-teams play -- the Colts didn't score a single touchdown on their kick or punt return squads. It will be hard to pull the trigger on the Colts as a start-worthy DST this summer, so don't do it. Expect them to be a consideration off waivers either when you need a one-week replacement or when you get fed up with the DST you drafted.