Last week, the Colts played the Steelers tough on defense, but still lost. This week, the Colts, who are still looking for their first win this season, will be up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Monday Night Football. There are a few things to watch in this matchup:
The Colts need to be patient on offense and avoid turnovers: The Tampa 2 defense forces offenses to run a clean 10-12 plays. The defense is designed as a rush-four scheme with seven defenders sitting back in coverage. It avoids big plays by having the secondary keep the ball in front of them, only allowing small throwing windows usually in the deep middle of the field.
Colts Defense: The Colts defense was good last week, filling gaps and getting good plays out of their linebackers. With Dwight Freeney, they are capable of big plays with strip sacks. The Bucs will try to pound the ball between tackles to set up for play action and take advantage of the Colts’ lack of size. Indy must react and quickly close the windows.
Can the Bucs finish strong: This young Bucs team has built a reputation for pulling out close, come-from-behind victories. Josh Freeman is quickly becoming known for his late game heroics. If the Bucs are able to run the ball well, they will physically beat a tired defense in the fourth quarter, if necessary.
Prediction: Tampa Bay 27, Indianapolis 10