- The Indianapolis Colts will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on CBS.
The Colts are coming off of a 20-14 win against the Houston Texans in which wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had a big day with five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh is coming off a bye-week but are scorching hot as they have won their last five games and sit at 6-2 on the season.
The Steelers are certainly the favorites to win in Indianapolis as the Colts try to hault their five-game win streak. In this AFC showdown, here are some matchups to watch:
Antonio Brown vs. Rashaan Melvin
Rashaan Melvin will have a tough task on Sunday as he tries to cover arguably the best receiver in the NFL in Antonio Brown.
Brown leads the league in receiving yards and is Pro Football Focus’s number one ranked receiver just over halfway through the season.
On the season, Brown has 57 receptions for 835 yards and three touchdowns.
In Pittsburgh’s last three matchups with the Colts, Antonio Brown has 23 catches for 342 yards and seven touchdowns.
Brown certainly knows how to feast on the Colts defense and Rashaan Melvin will be expected to try to stop him as the Colts released former Pro-Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis earlier this week.
Melvin has played lights out this season, as he is the seventh ranked cornerback by Pro Football Focus.
Melvin has been a shutdown corner for the Colts as it seems as if he breaks up every pass that is headed his way.
Le’Veon Bell vs. Colts defense
Le’Veon Bell has once again been one of the best running backs in the league this season, as he ranks third in rushing yards.
Bell is also a threat out of the backfield as he has 35 receptions for over 200 yards.
The Colts defensive line took a hit last week as Henry Anderson was placed on injured reserve due to an injury he suffered in Sunday’s win in Houston. The Colts have struggled all around on defense and the loss of Anderson certainly hurts.
The Colts might have to stack the box in order to stop Bell on the ground but that will only open the passing game for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
Johnathan Hankins and the Colts front seven must stop Bell if the Colts want to have any shot at winning.
T.Y. Hilton vs. Joe Haden/Artie Burns
T.Y. Hilton is coming off one of the best games of his career in which he had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Hilton’s numbers have been boom-or-bust this season but he remains one of the top receivers in the NFL, as he ranks second in the league in receiving yards.
The Steelers will deploy cornerbacks Joe Haden and Artie Burns to try to stop Hilton.
Haden is graded as the 32nd best cornerback this year by Pro Football Focus and Burns is graded shortly after at 46.
In the Colts three wins, Hilton has had huge games, and it is clear that he is a major part of their success. The Colts should look to Hilton early and often if they want to win.