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The only player to get regular pressure on Sunday was defensive end Calais Campbell. He had Luck in his grasp twice before he finally was able to bring him down for a sack—a half sack, at that, as fellow DE Darnell Dockett helped corral the big quarterback.
But that was it for the pass rush. The defense hit Luck eight times—including those two near-sacks from Campbell—but was unable to do any real damage.
It’s not as though Indy’s offensive line is overpowering. In fact, it had been ranked 29th in Pro Football Focus’ (subscription required) Pass-Blocking Efficiency (a formula the site uses to gauge how offensive lines protect the passer on a weekly basis).
Is that surprising, though? From Weeks 8 to 11, the team had nine sacks. A staggering seven of those came from outside linebacker John Abraham, meaning the rest of the defense accounted for just two over that four-game stretch.
It’s hard to succeed with just one player creating all the pressure and sacks. Yes, the Cardinals destroyed Luck and the Colts this week despite failing to bring him down. But that won’t be the case every week.
They need to generate more pressure.