The Colts headed into Las Vegas this weekend for a big game against the Raiders with playoff hopes on the line. Indy competed for all 60 minutes and put together a dominant victory over Vegas, 44-27.
Prior to the game, I offered a player on both offense and defense that I thought would be keys to defeating the Raiders. You can find that article here.
Let’s see how my players performed on Sunday.
T.Y. Hilton (WR)
Hilton has been heating up the past few weeks. After a disappointing start to the season, Hilton finally pulled in his first touchdown of the year in week 12 against the Titans. The following week, Hilton had 110 receiving yards and caught another touchdown.
It was more of the same for Hilton this week in Las Vegas. He caught 5 passes for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns, bringing his season total to 4. One catch in-particular was a 41-yard deep ball that Hilton brought in for the touchdown.
Hilton has been a key component of the Colts for years now and there is no better time for him to heat up than right now, as the team is getting ready to compete in the postseason.
His connection with Philip Rivers appears to be getting stronger, and with more opportunities, comes more big plays.
The best part about Hilton’s hot streak is that the Colts play the Texans again next week. Historically Hilton dominates the Texans, and you can expect more of the same next week.
No better way to keep his confidence high than another big game. Come playoff time, the Colts will need Hilton to play well. He’s shown that his playmaking abilities are still alive and well.
Julian Blackmon (S)
I had picked Blackmon before the game because Derek Carr has had a pretty solid season this year and I was worried that the secondary might struggle a little bit. Blackmon has been a playmaker all year long and is in the race for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
This game was not necessarily one of Blackmon’s best as he recorded two tackles, one of which was solo.
It was Kenny Moore and Khari Willis that were the standouts in the secondary for the Colts on Sunday. Both of them had key interceptions and Moore caused a fumble that was recovered by Taylor Stallworth.
Not much else for Blackmon this week. Other guys were in the spotlight for this game. Blackmon will continue to contribute for the remainder of the season.