The Colts will face a desperate Oakland team on Sunday. The winner of that game will likely have to win these key matchups to come out with a victory.
Certain matchups always end up deciding games. That is also the case for Sunday. There will be some matchups that will determine the outcome of the game between the Colts and the Raiders. Here are those certain matchups.
Andrew Luck vs. Raiders secondary
The Colts should be able to exploit weaknesses that the Raiders have in the secondary. It will be up to Luck to throw deep and allow his receivers to make plays. But expect Luck to be able to move the ball down the field without too many issues.
Colts D-line vs. Raiders O-line
Most games are won in the trenches. This game will be no different. Derek Carr has to have protection to be any good. He doesn’t do a good job when he has pressure in his face. If the Colts defensive line gets through, it is going to be a long day for the Oakland offense.
Hilton had a good game last weak against the Bills. Now he goes against a struggling corner in Conley. He is a second year player who is fighting for his viability to stay on the team. Everyone is getting shipped out of town. Conley needs to shut down Hilton to prevent him from being next.
Media vs. Raiders Locker room
There has been a lot of stuff swirling around Oakland right now. Players don’t seem to be happy, and the media is only exasperating it. If they can’t block out the noise, then they will lose their focus and won’t win the game.
These are the matchups that will decide the game. Whoever wins them will win the game.