Even though the Colts are expected to kill the Giants on Sunday, it is still the NFL. Anything can happen. If New York is going to pull the upset, they will need to win these key matchups.
The Giants are coming off perhaps their worst game of the season. They got shutout by the Titans 17-0. Because of that, they are not expected to do much against the Colts. The Colts need to avoid overlooking them before the season finale. These key matchups will decide the contest on Sunday.
Saquon Barkley vs. Colts front seven
Barkley is one of the league’s most dynamic players already, and he is only a rookie. He handles the bulk of the Giants’ offense and can be dangerous. If the Colts can’t stop him in the running game and the short passing game, they could be in some trouble.
Colts offensive line vs. Giants defensive line
If the Giants want to pull the upset, they have to get pressure on Andrew Luck. And that will fall on the defensive line. The Indy offensive line has done a great job all season long protecting their quarterback. If they continue that trend, it is going to be a long day for New York.
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Kenny Moore
This will be the likely matchup on the outside. Beckham can do some damage on the outside if teams aren’t careful with him. Moore will be the likely matchup on him, and has done a pretty good job all season long on number one receivers. This is an intriguing matchup to watch.
Whoever gets the best of these matchups will win the game in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts need to win it to keep their playoff hopes alive, but the Giants would love to play spoiler.