This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.
When it was announced pregame that Arthur Jones would miss his fifth straight game due to a high ankle sprain that meant Ricky Jean Francois would once again be in the starting lineup.
Just like he has done in Jones’ absence, Francois was very impressive.
He finished the afternoon with three tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries.
Francois was part of a Colts defense that allowed just 135 total yards and recorded the first shutout for the franchise since 2008.
“To be able to shut out the Bengals, one of the best teams in the AFC North, it was something just to be thankful about,” Francois said after the game.
“In this league, it’s hard to get a shut out especially a team like that.”
With how the Colts defense has played this season, it’s hard to remember that the unit is missing a guy like Jones, Robert Mathis and even Jerrell Freeman for four weeks.
The depth is evident though, across all three units of the defense, and is a major reason why the Colts put together a performance like Sunday.
“Playing as a family, that’s the biggest thing, a lot of people just talk about it, but as you can see, it’s a family in this locker room that is playing,” Francois said after the 27-0 win. “Especially the defense, we got certain guys that are not playing with us out there so we’re out there playing for them so their energy is inside of us and it makes us play all out.
“Like Coach said, we’ve got to exhaust the mission. We got to go out there and exhaust ourselves. You can’t have no energy when you come back in this locker room.”
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