Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts: 3 key matchups to watch

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Brandon Carr /
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2. Brandon Carr vs. T.Y. Hilton

Carr bounced back from a shaky performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers was impressive against the Browns. He shadowed Josh Gordon almost the entire game and held him to a season-low five catches for just 47 yards. Gordon had little to no impact on the game and it was a huge confidence boost for the secondary. Carr also grabbed an interception in the back of the end zone late to seal the win for the Ravens. After getting his game ball, Carr will have to go out and earn another one against T.Y. Hilton.

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Hilton has seen a dip in production this season but still has 852 receiving yards and four touchdowns through 15 weeks. It’s not entirely his fault, considering Andrew Luck has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. Yet, Hilton is a wide receiver the Ravens cannot take lightly. He’s just one year removed from being the league’s leading receiver and has deep threat ability that can torch opposing secondaries. Hilton has three games of 150+ receiving yards this season, so there’s no question the talent is there. Carr will be tested yet again for the entirety of the four quarters on Saturday.

On paper, the Colts do not really have many offensive weapons the Ravens should be too worried about. The run defense shouldn’t have problems stuffing Frank Gore, which means Hilton has to be a top priority. Taking him away from Jacoby Brissett leaves the offense with limited options. That’s going to make Brissett force throws and that will lead to turnovers going the other way.