Lost in the quarterback shuffle from Sunday is the performance on the defense. They didn’t get a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but other than that, the defense was more than solid. They allowed a mere 137 net yards to the Cardinals, held them to 0-15 on third down, and jumped in the standings to 10th in overall defense. In short, it was a huge day for the defense. Mike DeVito spoke yesterday about how important the performance was to the entire unit:
It was so needed. We really needed that. That’s the defense that we’ve seen all (of) training camp (and) that we’ve seen off and on all season. It’s the defense that we know we have on this team. It was great to see it manifest itself on Sunday to the full extent and to play that way across the board was just awesome. We needed that going into this last quarter of the season.
The defense didn’t allow a touchdown either, holding the Cardinals to 2 field goals. Mike DeVito explained it very simply when asked about keeping other teams from scoring:
As far as we think in that room, we know that we recognize, when any team scores, they can win, and if they don’t score, they can’t win, and that’s on us. We can’t really be concerned about the other side of the ball and what’s going on. We trust everybody in that locker room. We trust the coaches. We trust the guy’s playing. We know everybody out there is doing their job. That’s all we can focus on. Again, it’s in our hands. If the other team doesn’t score, they can’t win.
It really is a simple game. If the other team doesn’t score, they can’t win. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But seriously, the defense was great, and they needed the performance quite badly. Hopefully they can continue the upward swing the rest of the season.