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Matchups to Watch Revisited: Week 9 vs. Ravens

NFL: NOV 08 Ravens at Colts Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Darius Leonard vs. Lamar Jackson

Darius Leonard dominated this game, as he racked up the most tackles by any individual player this season, and his insane athleticism was on full display containing Lamar Jackson. During the first half, Leonard was a brick wall the Ravens could just not surpass, but like the rest of the defense, the offense’s inability to sustain a drive really hurt them as they were on the field for most of the second half. Still, Leonard showed why he is one of the best linebackers in the NFL, as he is the leader of one of the top defenses in the NFL.

Justin Houston vs. DJ Fluker

Disappointing game for Houston, who was unable to exploit the relatively easy matchup against the Ravens backup left tackle. Houston did not record a single tackle, and he looked fooled on nearly all read option plays by the Ravens, most noticeably on Lamar’s touchdown run on 4th and short. Houston will enjoy yet another matchup against a backup tackle on Thursday against the Titans, so hopefully he can bounce back.

Colts’ Receivers vs. Ravens’ Secondary

Michael Pittman had a solid game, at least we can say that, unfortunately the rest of the Colts receivers failed to make any sort of significant impact in the passing game. Pascal is a solid depth receiver but because of injuries he is now starting, and Marcus Johnson suffered a lot of miscommunications with Rivers, and clearly Philip is not a consistent deep ball passer at this stage of his career. The chemistry with the receivers has to improve for the Colts offense to have any sort of consistency.

Jack Doyle vs. Patrick Queen

Doyle left the game with a concussion after a cheap shot in the first half, so we did not get to see a lot from this matchup. Still, for the time he was on the field, he continued to look the same as he has all season long, a step slower. I honestly would not be surprised if the Colts cut him after the year, and he might even retire. I love Doyle, but the hard truth is he does not have much to offer this team.

Ryan Kelly vs. Calais Campbell

Campbell left the game really early with an injury, and it looked like the Colts were going to feast on a beleaguered Ravens defense. However, after Taylor’s fumble the narrative changed, and it seemed like the Colts offense and Frank Reich forgot to just keep on doing what was working. The offensive line as a whole cannot seem to open things up on the run game, and the fact that the Colts stand second to last on YPC, means that every piece involved in the running game needs to figure out why they are playing so horrendously.