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Matchups to Watch Revisited: Week 8 @Lions

Indianapolis Colts v Detroit Lions Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Rock Ya-Sin Vs. Kenny Golladay

In the end, it was Xavier Rhodes who was matched up on Golladay more often than not. The result, however, was exactly what the Colts were hoping for. “Babytron” was shut down by the Colts before exiting at the half due to a hip injury. He finished the game with zero catches on four targets and the Lions could never find any sort of consistency in the passing game.

Justin Houston Vs. Taylor Decker

Slowly but surely, Houston continues racking up stats in his encore season after showing the league he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Yesterday, he was consistently beating hobbled left tackle Taylor Decker, as he got several pressures, and even recovered a Darius Leonard forced fumble to halt the Lions momentum. He will face both the Ravens and the Titans backups in the upcoming weeks, so he will have the perfect chance to build upon his already great season.

Ryan Kelly Vs. Danny Shelton

This was not a great game for Kelly, as he was clearly not yet recovered from the knee injury that hampered him all week long. There were several plays where Kelly just completely whiffed on the block and the Colts lost yards as a result, and Shelton and 6th round pick John Penisini got the best of him just way too many times. With tougher defensive lines coming up, Kelly will have to get his body in shape as soon as possible.

Trey Burton Vs. Reggie Ragland/Jarrad Davis

Trey Burton was not a big factor in the passing game, as Rivers spread the ball around all game long. Fellow tight ends Mo Allie-Cox and Jack Doyle got most of the targets, but Burton got himself another goal line touchdown in the wildcat formation. The Colts were 3-3 in the redzone on Sunday, and Burton is looking more and more like the answer to the Colts’ struggles in that area.

T.Y Hilton Vs Jeff Okudah

What a disappointing season for T.Y. After suffering through Jacoby Brissett last year, many of us expected big things from The Ghost with Rivers in at QB. Unfortunately, however, Hilton has been even worse. Not all of it is his fault, but he simply has not made any significant impact on games. Sunday was even worse, as Hilton just had two catches for 9 yards before leaving the game with a groin injury. Hopefully he can get healthy towards the end of the season and use this time to figure things out.