1. Michael Pierce has been an elite run defender
Micael Pierce was dominant on Sunday. Based on where he was at this time last season, many were not sure if that would be possible. By week three of 2022, Pierce was on the sideline with a second straight season-ending injury. Now, Pierce played his season high in snaps and added six pressures and five run stops.
To be fair, the Colts starting center Ryan Kelly was out. However, that means it was a matchup that Pierce had to win, and he did just that. The Colts ended up getting the outside on some runs due to the questionable depth and injuries on the edge. However, there were a few times where you could see the 58 jersey clean in the A-gap as the running back is getting the ball. That is not the first site a running back wants to see.
Pierce played 54 snaps on Sunday. That is the most he has played since the 2017 season. Even in the loss, Ravens fans have to admit that is not impressive; it may be showing that Pierce is healthy now and able to get back to his old ways for the season.