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Matchups to Watch Revisited: Week 12 vs. Titans

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Pinter vs. Jeffery Simmons

Danny Pinter was actually not bad, but he is just nowhere close to Ryan Kelly’s level. The offensive line as a whole suffered a lot without Castonzo and Kelly so it was actually a pleasant surprise to watch Pinter not get abused like other offensive line backups.


Darius Leonard vs. Ryan Tannehill

Leonard is elite, his motor is always running 100% and he is the moral leader of the defense, but the most indispensable player this defense has is DeForest Buckner. This was proven against the Titans as Leonard had himself a solid game, but the Colts defense could not stop the Titans offense at all. Perhaps Leonard also missed having Okereke next to him, as Walker may be a great leader, but the dude is just a complete liability in coverage.


T.Y. Hilton vs. His season long slump

It might have been in garbage time, but hey, at least Hilton finally scored a touchdown. If Hilton can slowly start regaining some of his old form, this Colts offense could be really dangerous the last few weeks. With the current playoff format, if the Colts finish 10-6 they are probably in, and looking at the remaining schedule, that record is really possible. Once Castonzo and perhaps Parris Campbell return from injury, with Hilton improving, this offense can get really dangerous.


Nyheim Hines vs. Titans Linebackers

Hines could not get another breakout game against the Titans. He was solid the first two drives, but as with the rest of the Colts offense, disappeared after Castonzo’s injury. Reich will have to become a crisis manager in order to deal with the absurd amount of injuries his offense is having this season.


Kemoko Turay vs. Titans Tackles

Turay played just 4 snaps as he is still clearly recovering from the injury. I’m on board with that, nothing good ever comes out of rushing players recovering from such serious injuries. I expected him to play somewhere between 15-20 snaps after playing 10 in his season debut against the Packers.