Matt Eberflus looking onto field from sideline
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 18: Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus talks into his headset in game action between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans on November 18, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Why Are the Colts Struggling Defensively?

After a strong 2020 season, the Colts defense has been a consistent problem this season, especially against top tier QB’s. Kevin Bowen detailed some of the stats that QBs have put up against the Colts since Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus took the reigns in 2018.

On his show Tuesday, JMV questioned whether or not the Colts defensive scheme is one you can win with at the highest levels:

“They got some stops, but again, this defense and what they do, what Eberflus does with what he has at his disposal, especially in the back end and up front, it’s not conducive to last. Most of the time this year they have been bad. You look at the numbers and the numbers will dictate that to you immediately.”

JMV wants fans to look at the numbers so let’s see where the Colts rank defensively in some key areas.

Yards allowed per game -1th in NFL 352 yds/game

Passing Yards Allowed per game – 15th in NFL 243.6 yds/game

Rushing Yards Allowed per game – 15th in NFL 108.8 yds/game

Points per game allowed – 14th in NFL 22.9 pts/game

If the Colts want to turn things around in the 2nd half of the season to compete for a Wildcard spot, they may need to find an answer defensively to help jump start this team.


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