This Sunday, coming off their best win in some time, the Colts face their toughest opponent this season, the SB champions Eagles. Being realistic, this Eagles team is one of the most talented in the NFL, while the Colts are pretty much in the bottom. Still, with Luck at QB, anything is possible.
Ryan Grant (WR) Vs. Jalen Mills (CB)
Mills was torched all throughout the game against the Fitzmagic Bucs. As Darby will most likely cover T.Y (If he is good to go for the game), this will leave Ryan Grant with a favorable matchup on the sidelines against Jalen.
So far Grant has performed as expected, nothing extraordinary but a consistent, complimentary piece. If Luck gets going early on expect a big game out of Grant.
Eric Ebron (TE) Vs. Jordan Hicks (LB)
Ebron has arguably performed the best of the tight end group this season, catching a touchdown pass in each of the first two games. With Jack Doyle out for Sunday’s game, Ebron will be matched up most of the game against Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, who is more than capable in coverage.
After Moncrief left, Ebron became the Colts best red zone weapon because of his height and ability to pinpoint the ball in high catch situations. Ebron needs to keep performing the way he has been in order for the Colts to have a chance to win.
Darius Leonard (LB) Vs. Corey Clement
Leonard is coming off a monstrous performance that got him DPOTW honors. He is scorching hot right now and the Colts defense as a whole is fresh off one hell of a game against Washington.
Eagles’ running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles look more likely to be out than active, which leaves the starting gig to Corey Clement. Any running back looks good rushing behind that stout Eagles’ o-line, but Clement will have to fight for every extra yard and I also expect the Colts to get some penetration in order to force Clement into some awkward reads.
Colts offensive line Vs. Eagles defensive line
The Eagles’ d-line clearly does not believe that the Colts’ progress on the offensive line is true.
Sure the Eagles’ have plenty of depth and talented players in the form of Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Michael Bennett and also Brandon Graham, but the Colts’ scheme and new offensive line talents have made it easier for the offense to find holes and throw the ball before being hit.
The Colts will be without left tackle Anthony Castonzo for yet another week, so this matchup just got a bit more complicated.