Because of how good Justin Houston has been in recent games, he might be moved around the defensive line. He will probably oscillate between the left and right side of the defensive line. They will put him on whatever matchup they like the most.
Houston has four sacks in the last three games. He has played a lot better over the middle course of the season than he did at the beginning. His ability to get pressure on the quarterback has helped the rest of the defense behind him.
The Colts’ ability to get pressure with their front four is huge in this game. The Steelers have given up a league-low amount of sacks. But they weren’t great against a bad Miami team. The Colts have a much better front four than they do. They should be able to get pressure on Rudolph.
Houston will lead that crew. If Houston can get in Rudolph’s face, he is bound to make mistakes. Those mistakes could lead to turnovers, which is something the Colts need to force more of. But the key to forcing those starts up front with Houston.
The next matchup has to deal with the other side of the ball for the Colts. It could be an even bigger matchup than this first one because of the injury to Hilton.