Justin Houston: Colts have the best defense in the NFL

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The Colts’ defense has been excellent this season. In the opinion of veteran defensive end Justin Houston, no defense has been better.

“We really believe we’re the best defense playing this game right now,” Houston said, via ESPN.

Houston has stats to back up his claim. The Colts are allowing an NFL-low 14 points per game, an NFL-best 4.4 yards per play and an NFL-best 15 first downs per game, and they’ve intercepted seven passes while giving up only five passing touchdowns, the best ratio in the NFL.

On Sunday, the Colts shut down the Bears while Houston sacked Chicago quarterback Nick Foles once, hit him twice and had two tackles for loss. Indianapolis has a stifling defense, and through the first quarter of the season, it looks like Houston is right that they’re the best in the game.

49 responses to “Justin Houston: Colts have the best defense in the NFL

  1. They do have the best D. Darius Leonard is an absolute stud and needs more recognition. I believe he was an 84 in this year’s Madden, Which is insane if you look at his stats his first two years in the league. Other than week 1, they have completely dictated opposing offenses, and it’s quite fun to watch.

  2. the thing is theyre not going to play a good offense until november. and their entire schedule features about 3 and two half games versus good quarterbacks. so yea the colts are going to have the best defense in the league this year. the question is can you make it count for something and win those playoff games for old man Rivers or is he gonna be shuffled off stage early per usual of the past decade?

  3. The Blue Steel defense has been really really really ridiculously good looking so far, but there is a lot of season left to play.

  4. lol lost to the jags…beat the jets vikes bears….hit me up when you guys play an actual offence…

  5. Really, the colts have the best

    Did anybody see what the Patriots defense did to mahomes and the chiefs last night?

  6. They’ve played crap teams and got beat by the Jaguars! Let’s see how they do against the best rushing attack in the league this week!

  7. lmao

    NE dismantles the golden boy Chiefs on national tv (again), actually better than last year, and this guy comes from the crap KC D anyway,
    so what would he know?

    Hilarious.

  8. I think this week will be a good test for both teams. Browns are the number 1 rushing offense and number 4 scoring offense.

  9. “They haven’t played anybody!” – Look at the stats of the QB’s that they HAVE played vs. those QB’s stats vs. everyone else. Darnold hasn’t been great, and has thrown 4 INT’s on the season, but 3 were against the Colts. Cousins put up over 250 yards passing (in a run-first offense) against everyone other than Indy. Minshew has put up 275+ on everyone but Indy. Foles torched Atlanta for 3 TD’s, but only accounted for one garbage time TD against Indy. You can only play who’s on your schedule. Indy hasn’t played anyone “elite”, but they’re still REALLY good until proven otherwise.

  10. Let’s see how the Colts do Sunday against the high flying Browns offense, even without Nick Chubb, they still have Kareem Hunt and others on offense.

  11. Their opponents have a combined 5-10 record and they lost to the Jaguars, let’s not get carried away.

  12. Their o-line is overrated, their coach is overrated, and now their D is overrated, too. And in the offseason, they acquired a QB who has spent much of his career being overrated.

    They’re all good. They’re just not the best in the NFL.

  13. Did anybody see what the Patriots defense did to mahomes and the chiefs last night?

    Yeah, he “only” threw two touchdowns and won. GG.

  14. Honestly I thought it would take many years for the Colts to rebuild after Andrew Luck abruptly retired but it seems like Rivers getting his groove back and the D stepping up Indy is now a serious force to be reckoned with in the AFC. Sleep on them at your own peril.

  15. aquineas1 says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    That Colts defense is nothing to sneeze at. They fly to the ball.
    ———————————————————-
    Minshew was 19/20 with 3 TDs. Beat the Jets… currently 0-4. Beat the Vikings… currently 1-3.

  16. The Colts don’t scare anyone with Rivers at QB.
    The D has been good, but who have they faced?

  17. Houston claims Indy has the best defense, and people here say, “They haven’t played anyone good yet.”

    Same fans for years said the Patriots were the best team, yet every year they played in the AFC East, also known as “The Cupcake Division”.

  18. They beat the Jets, the Bears and the Vikings, and lost to the Almighty Jacksonville Jaguars. what are they waiting for? Hang the Dang Banner!

  19. johnnycantread says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:36 pm
    Houston claims Indy has the best defense, and people here say, “They haven’t played anyone good yet.”

    Same fans for years said the Patriots were the best team, yet every year they played in the AFC East, also known as “The Cupcake Division”.

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    You mean the same AFCE the Colts CHOSE to run away from so they could play in the easier AFCS?

  20. They played the Jaguars, Vikings, Jets, and Bears none of who have been playing stellar offense this year. Lost to the Jaguars who scored 27 when Minshew went 19/20 against them and the only incomplete was a dropped pass

  21. You can’t claim to be the best until you beat the best, and they haven’t even come close to playing the best yet…!!!

  22. Did anybody see what the Patriots defense did to mahomes and the chiefs last night?

    Ya, they played half a game and lost…..so what was your point again? Too early for those superlatives….

  23. @johnnycantread – You mean that the Pats constantly played the #1 seed in the other AFC divisions yearly and still put up solid D #s.

    Child please.

  24. RogerThat! says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    You mean the same AFCE the Colts CHOSE to run away from so they could play in the easier AFCS?

    _________

    The NFL realigned the divisions, as if the Colts had a choice.
    Since Indy was the farthest team from the East Coast, they were the odd team out.
    Nice try for the spin, though it fell flat.

  25. The Bears, hapless as they may be, were averaging more than 130 rushing yards a game; up until their last drive, they had a grand total of 18 yards on the ground.

    If you watched that game, you saw how good that Colts D is.

  26. and look at this murderers row of Qbs they have played!

    Minshew (allowed 27 pts)
    Cousins
    Darnold
    Foles

  27. As a Browns fan, I’m not taking these dudes lightly one bit. Should be an interesting test for both teams this week. Who will prevail, the Browns O-line or the Colts D? This game will probably say a lot about both teams as each is probably playing the best team so far on their schedule this Sunday. Too bad Chubb is out for the Browns because he’s a stud and as good as Hunt is, having both is way better than having just one of these guys. Time for Baker to finally grow up because if he only plays so-so or worse, the Browns lose.

  28. NE dismantles the golden boy Chiefs on national tv (again),
    **************************************************************
    How convenient of you to overlook the second half of all of those games, in which, Mahomes lit up the NE D. BTW, NE has now lost as many games as it has won against the Chiefs under Mahomes. But keep pushing the false narrative if it helps you sleep at night.

  29. They have a good D. They have played some bad offenses, though. Outside of the win against the Vikes, the rest is kind of “meh”. I mean, they lost to the Jaguars and they kind of suck. Their schedule works for them as they don’t really have a lot of challenging offenses to play this year. Time will tell. #1 D didn’t help the Pats out last year…

  30. xapple says:

    Yeah, he “only” threw two touchdowns and won. GG.
    ———————————————————————————-
    They held the Great Patrick Mahomes to just 19 points, Einstein.

    Who does THAT?

  31. The sad part for Justin Houston is that Phillip Rivers is now on his team, so that’s like 5 less sacks he won’t get this year, which he averaged for all those years when KC was whomping the Chargers two times each season.

  32. johnnycantread says:
    October 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm
    RogerThat! says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    You mean the same AFCE the Colts CHOSE to run away from so they could play in the easier AFCS?

    _________

    The NFL realigned the divisions, as if the Colts had a choice.
    Since Indy was the farthest team from the East Coast, they were the odd team out.
    Nice try for the spin, though it fell flat.

    —–

    Yeah because Miami is far more to the North than Indianapolis

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