There was a point in the first half of Monday night’s Colts-Buccaneers game when cameras spotted Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis both on the sidelines during a Tampa Bay possession. And it was no surprise that Josh Freeman used that opportunity to start throwing the football deep. The point: Without Freeney and Mathis on the field, Indy’s pass rush is almost nonexistent.
Freeney and Mathis each have three sacks this season, combining for six of the team’s seven total sacks. And that’s nothing new. Since 2008, those two Pro Bowl DEs have combined for 72 percent of the Colts’ sacks.