The last time the Houston Texans saw T.Y. Hilton, the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver burned the Texans with five catches for 85 yards in a 21-7 Wild Card Round playoff win last January when Hilton showed up to NRG Stadium wearing a clown mask as a shot at Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph.
In Hilton’s two regular-season games against the Texans last year, he totaled 13 grabs for 314 yards, so, obviously, Houston has experienced some difficulty defending him.
Now, the Texans will be seeing Hilton and the Colts again this Sunday, and this time around, Houston has different plans for Hilton:
“Just limit the big plays, obviously,” Joseph said, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. “You can’t let him get over the top, get behind the coverage, can’t let him get the catch-and-run plays. Anything you can do to limit the big plays, you have to challenge him from that standpoint.”
Houston safety Justin Reid just wants to make sure Hilton doesn’t have a huge performance:
“That’s going to be one of the focuses for the week,” said Reid. “He’s a talented guy. He’s had a lot of success against us in the past, so we’re going to change some things up to give him some different looks and play him a little bit differently than we did in the past in order to really take him out of the game plan to limit his exposure.”
Of course, this game has much more meaning than just the battle between Hilton and the Texans’ secondary, as first place in the AFC South division is on the line.
Houston is entering this contest with a record of 4-2 while Indianapolis sits at 3-2.