The Indianapolis Colts really shocked the world by erasing a 28-point second-half deficit on Sunday. But their comeback win would have never happened had it not been for a career day out of budding wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The second-year wideout carved up the Kansas City Chiefs to the tune of 12 catches, 224 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Hilton won’t be lined up against the Chiefs this upcoming week, as a road game versus the New England Patriots is now the only thing standing in between the Colts and an AFC Championship game. On paper, the Patriots’ defense doesn’t exactly jump of the page. In fact, one could argue that this is one of the most depleted groups that New England has seen in quite some time.
However, as long as Bill Belichick is roaming the sidelines, big plays from the opposition are bound to be held to a minimum. No one in the NFL does a better job at shutting down the other team’s best player than the Patriots. New Orleans Saints‘ All-Pro Jimmy Graham left Foxborough without a single catch earlier this year and he isn’t the only player that Belichick has made useless over the years.
Therefore, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton must get creative with the scrawny Hilton, because the Patriots have had two weeks to create a gameplan that turns Hilton into a non-factor and you know they will be ready to execute.