The absence of Eric Berry is taking its toll, though.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns but was also picked off three times in the 52-38 loss to the Saints. He toughed it out despite suffering hamstring and ankle injuries the previous week against the Panthers.

Detroit’s bye week came at a good time for Stafford and his equally battered offensive line.

The offensive line is also a concern. Ryan Kelly, the team’s first-round pick from a year ago, missed the first four games of the season with a foot injury. He came back just in time to welcome his replacement, Deyshawn Bond, and guard Jack Mewhort, the team’s best interior lineman, to injured reserve. The Colts have had trouble protecting Luck when their line has been healthy; it’s another thing altogether when they have a second-year undrafted free agent like Jeremy Vujnovich trying to protect the quarterback.

The five-time Pro Bowl safety shut down Rob Gronkowski in Week 1, but suffered a ruptured Achilles late in the win over the Patriots. Daniel Sorensen has been the starter in Berry’s place for the last six games and has been a significant downgrade.

According to Pro Football Focus, Sorensen has been targeted in coverage 23 times and has given up 17 receptions for 238 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a 135.8 passer rating for quarterbacks targeting Sorensen.

Having Berry may have also positively impacted a run defense that Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping ranks No. 27 in the NFL with an average of 4.7 yards allowed per carry. Losing Dontari Poe to Cheap Jerseys Made In China the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason didn’t help much, either.

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