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August 21, 2013

Colts' defense impresses in second preseason game

It’s hard too get excited about the preseason, however the Colts have shown great improvement from their opening game last week. The Colts beat the New York Giants Sunday night in New York, 20-12, but it wasn’t the score that was exciting it was how the Colts got there.

The Colts had six sacks in the game vs. the Giants. Drake Nevis, third-year defensive Tackle had two sacks, doubling his entire last year totals. Caesar Rayford, a linebacker that was signed from Canadian Football League this year, also had two sacks. Linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Marshay Green both finished the night with one each.

Colts new cornerback Greg Toler picked off Eli Manning on a crucial third-down pass and the Colts defense only allowed the Giants to convert 3 of 15 attempts on third down.

When coach Chuck Pagano was hired in January of 2012 he quickly spoke of wanting to build a “Monster Defense.”

That is no easy task as the Colts have not been known to be a defensive team since the late ‘80s. In fact, since 2000 the Colts have been ranked 20th or lower in overall defense seven times. Worse yet, dead last a couple of those years.

Pagano’s target: Top 5 in defense; this is something that has only happened four times in the Colts’ Indiana history, which is 30 years this year.

“We’re going to do whatever we have to do to keep building to be a dominant defense,” said Pagano. “We’ve shown signs through two games where we can do that. We have to trust the guy next to you that he’s going to be where he’s supposed to be.”

It looks like the days of having a one-sided team may just be on the verge of being behind the Colts.

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