The Colts defense frequently gets called atrocious. But is this defense actually an unsung hero? Don't judge this defense by how it looks or how many yards it gives up or in a certain "phase of the game." Instead, judge it by what counts: points allowed. A defense that limits scoring gives a team a chance to win, and it looks like the much-maligned unit has done just that. The Colts are 4-3, and it looks like the defense is an unsung hero.
Really, the defense has had only 3 bad games: Chicago (41 points), Green Bay (27 points) and the Jets (35 points). And even those need asterisks. Green Bay simply has a potent offense. The Chicago game: 5 turnovers by the offense. The Jets game? 4 turnovers by the offense.
So in games where the Colts aren't facing an outstanding offense and don't turn the ball over an obscene amount of times, they hold foes to 20, 22, 13 and 13 points. This includes games against 5-3 Minnesota and a Tennessee team that had scored 26 and 35 points in its previous 2 games. Steel curtain? No. But the defense has played as big a role in the team's 4 victories as has the offense. Consider the Green Bay game: the defense held the Packers to a pair of field goals in the 2nd half and picked off Aaron Rodgers.
It really is difficult to say where the defense has cost the Colts a game. Against the Bears and Jets, the offense played so poorly they had no chance. And against the Jaguars, the Colts only put up 17 points against a 1-6 team. They may have given up a ton of yards to Maurice Jones-Drew and that big pass play at the end, but you can't expect to win games when you score only 17 points.
Good defense? No. Doing as much to win games as the offense? Yes.