Colts' 'D' finally making impact plays

Arthur Arkush
November 9, 2012
CB Butler's emergence comes at great time for Colts

They say takeaways come in bunches.

That certainly held true on Thursday night for the Colts’ defense, which, after creating three takeaways in its first eight games — and none since Week Five — doubled that total in a 27-10 victory over the Jaguars.

Backup CB Darius Butler, pressed into action with starters Vontae Davis (knee) and Jerraud Powers (foot) inactive, picked off a pair of passes — including a pick-six of QB Blaine Gabbert early in the second half — and recovered a Laurent Robinson fumble, forced by nickel LB Moise Fokou.

A lack of impactful plays on defense was the biggest knock on the Colts coming into the game. The fact that they finally erupted despite having so many key defenders missing — Indianapolis was also without its best pass rusher, Robert Mathis — is a very encouraging sign for the AFC’s leading wild-card team.

Another reason to be encouraged by these upstart Colts is that, coming off a convincing road win on “Thursday Night Football,” their best showing away from Lucas Oil Stadium this season, they will have 10 days to get healthy before a trip to Foxborough, where it’s safe to say they will need all hands on deck to knock off the Patriots and improve to 7-3.