Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts: 3 things we learned
By Nick Ellis
Erik Harris makes a big difference
The difference in the defense with Erik Harris on the field instead of Curtis Riley was obvious, as there were no blown coverages downfield, no misplayed balls, and much more organization on the defense.
This all could be attributed to Joyner and Joseph playing their natural positions, but Harris made a big statement in the win Sunday. Not only did Harris record seven tackles, deflect a pass, and make minimal mistakes, Harris also won the game for the Raiders with a pick-six in the fourth quarter.
Harris brings a different energy to the defense, working as a leader, playing his assignments, and being a hard hitter. Harris’ aggressive style can get him in trouble sometimes, but it is a big improvement from the struggles that the defense has had when Riley has been on the field.
The loss of Abram is a big loss for the defense, but Harris appears to be coming into his own, and with a performance like he had on Sunday, you can guarantee that he will be in the starting lineup from here on out.