Limiting T.Y. Hilton
With Reggie Wayne lost for the season with a torn ACL, Hilton represents the Colts’ primary big-play threat. Last week in the Colts’ come-from-behind, 27-24 win over Houston, Hilton registered his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with 121 yards on seven catches, and established a season-best with three touchdowns, all in the second half. The loss of Wayne does cut into depth of the Colts’ receiving corps a bit, but Hilton has certainly limited the sting of losing Wayne in the short term.
“You’ve got to make sure you’re aware of him and what’s going on with him at all times because he’s the go-to guy,” Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton said. “He’s the guy that, he was making catches even when (WR) Reggie (Wayne) was there, but now he’s really been the go-to guy. They’re moving him around, putting him in different spots on the field so you can’t just zero in on him and know exactly where he’s going to be in line. And like I said, the guy’s crafty, so he’s definitely a threat.”
Win the Ground Battle
Highlighting the Rams’ run defense has been a common theme in recent weeks, as it has served as a relatively accurate barometer in determining the outcome of the game, save for the team’s Week 8 loss to Seattle, when they lost 14-9 despite holding the Seahawks to just 44 yards on the ground. Following a week in which the defensive unit took a bit of a step backward against Tennessee, it looks to regain traction against a balanced Colts offense.
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Rams’ Receivers vs. Colts Secondary
The Rams’ receiving unit is set to face one of the stingiest secondaries it will see this year. Indianapolis, led by safeties Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry, has held opponents to just a 58.7 percent completion rate, which ranks sixth-lowest in the NFL. They have, however, shown an occasional vulnerability to the big play, having allowed touchdown passes of 25 yards or longer in three of their past four games. The Rams have typically looked in the direction of WR