Bowen: Colts Defense Shows Signs Of Life

A lot of people are making a big deal over the preseason, when it's really only the spring rolls right before all-you-can-eat sushi dinner. You've barely eaten all day, and for a brief moment, there it is – deep-fried perfection. You've never tasted anything as satisfying. Of course, post-dinner, you might be asked whether the spring rolls were as good as the ones we cooked last Friday, and you'll respond with the same line you use come the NFL postseason:

"Did that happen? Why can't I remember it? And hey, who cares?"

… not to gloss over the 44-20 debacle in Buffalo, but it really only proves that Indy is not very deep, especially on defense. Can they pull out wins? Not with their second team (note: if this situation presents itself in the regular season, Colts Authority will be getting a lot more depressing). Anyhow, Kevin Bowen has a few notes on how the defense – their first string defense – still managed to play decently well yesterday.

Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller broke off runs of 17 and 15 yards to open up the Bills first offensive series. After that though, the Colts first-team defense forced a punt, recovered a fumble and held the Bills to a field goal on Buffalo’s first three possessions. “As far as the first-team defense, I thought we played well,” linebacker Kavell Conner said. “It definitely starts up front, stopping the run and then third-down success follows.”

Next week, Indy plays in New York, who seems to be taking the preseason rather seriously. Warning: things may get ugly.