The Key: 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.”
The Answer: Though he finished the day with 130 yards receiving on seven catches, much of Hilton’s success came in the second half with the Colts already trailing by four touchdowns. Hilton did contribute a 65-yard catch in the third quarter to bring the Colts into the red zone for the first time. However, that drive stalled three plays later, on an interception by CB
The Key: Win the Ground Battle
“Everyone has got to be on the same page,” LB
Following a week in which the Rams placed a great emphasis on the need to stop the run, the Rams did just that against Indianapolis. The Colts were limited to just 18 yards on 14 carries. However, discounting QB Andrew Luck’s four scrambles for 17 yards, Indianapolis’ running backs gained just one yard on 10 rushing attempts. Also, for the first time since the 1979 season, the Rams held an opponent without a rushing first down. The showing was a strong bounce-back performance one week after allowing 150 yards to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson.
Offensively, the Rams continued running the ball with success for the sixth consecutive week. For the first time since Week 4 against San Francisco, RB
“I’m asked often times, ‘Can they bounce back? Will they bounce back?’” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “I always say yes, and they did.”
The Key: Rams’ Receivers vs. Colts Secondary
The Answer: The Rams continued the string of big-play scores against Indianapolis, led by Austin. The rookie wideout caught just two passes on the day, but both went for touchdowns, of 57 and 81 yards, respectively. QB