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It's working perfectly.
Indy has 16 sacks, tied for sixth-most in the NFL, and tied for No. 3 among teams who have already had a bye. The pass coverage, which allowed only six TD passes last year has given up only two this season.
"It's been a lot of fun," safety Antoine Bethea said. "Everybody is making plays, from the defensive line to the linebackers to the defensive backs. It's great when you can go out and have a good time and not have a lot of stress."
But the Colts aren't even at full strength yet.
Bob Sanders, the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year, made his season debut in Sunday's 42-6 rout at St. Louis and was in for only about 25 plays. Cornerback Marlin Jackson (strained ACL) isn't expected back until after this week's game, and cornerback Kelvin Hayden said he was not quite himself Sunday after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.
"I think we can be so much better with getting Kelvin back, getting Bob back," Bethea said. "The guys we've had playing have stepped in and given us a lot of help and now that gives us a lot of depth along with a lot of experience and that will help us down the road."
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