3. Stymie T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron
Both T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron are catalysts of the Colts offense. Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowler, has put together another impressive campaign. Hilton has 53 receptions for 787 yards and six touchdowns. He has always been an offensive weapon for the Colts and should also be a challenge for the Texans on Sunday.
Hilton is Luck’s favorite receiver, so it is crucial that the Texans stop Hilton. In addition to Hilton, Ebron has put together a breakout campaign that could earn him his first Pro Bowl selection. He has caught 54 passes for 589 yards and 11 touchdowns. After being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Lions, Ebron had a disappointing tenure with the Lions. After signing with the Colts in the offseason, Ebron has proven to be a great player.
Ebron is a big red zone threat, something that the Texans lack in. It is crucial that Ebron is well protected by the Texans in order for the Texans to win.
The Texans should stop these receivers by implementing a similar strategy that they did against the Browns. Against the Browns, the Texans’ secondary intercepted Baker Mayfield three times and forced one fumble. If the Texans can force the same pressure and coverage against the Colts, they can have success.
Early in the season, the Texans were a very disorganized and scattered team. Since the early season faults, rookie Justin Reid and veteran Tyrann Mathieu have upped their game and represented the leaders of this young secondary. If Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph can limit Hilton and Ebron’s impact on the field, the Texans have a big advantage against the Colts.