Chuck Pagano's 3-6 crew had a big win last week in Houston. Now he’s going for two in a row when hosting the 6-2 Steelers. Pittsburgh tries to avoid another letdown against a lesser team, so let’s get to know this foe a bit better.
*No. 12 QB Jacoby Brissett
Brissett has led the Colts ably in Andrew Luck's absence. Ranking 16th in the league with 1,950 yards, the NC State product has seven TDs to four picks on the year. Brissett relies mostly on the shorter throws, but he can unleash them deep as well. A good decision maker, the ever-improving former Patriot has a potent weapon in T.Y. Hilton and he’s capable of stunning the Steelers.
Other Colts Quarterbacks to Note: No. 16 Scott Tolzien
*No. 23 RB Frank Gore
It's amazing, with all the injuries that Gore endured in college, that he's been such a force in the league for so long. Now in this his twelfth season, Gore is still a workhorse who can help his team eat clock and move the chains. On the season, Frank Gore has amassed 455 yards of his career 13,520 for an average of 3.6 yards per carry.
Other Colts Running Backs to Note: No. 25 Marlon Mack, No. 34 Matt Jones, No. 40 FB Dan Vitale
*No. 13 WR T.Y. Hilton
Hilton isn’t a big, imposing receiver, but he's as explosive and elusive as anybody in the league. He puts up numbers close to that of his youth football teammate Antonio Brown. Last week against the Texans, Hilton was dominant as he reeled in five passes for 175 yards and two scores to earn the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Hilton has 34 catches for 702 yards and a 20.6-yard average. His rapport with Jacoby Brissett grows by the week.
Other Colts Wide Receivers to Note: *No. 10 Donte Moncrief, No. 80 Chester Rogers, No. 17 Kamar Aiken, No. 11 Quan Bray
*No. 84 TE Jack Doyle
Doyle is very blue collar, but he's becoming one of the better all-around tight ends in the league. With 50 catches in nine games, Doyle ranks tied for sixth in the league and second among tight ends. Doyle is a solid blocker in both pass and run situations, but he will challenge Ryan Shazier and Sean Davis with his receiving prowess.
Other Colts Tight Ends to Note: *No. 85 Brandon Williams, No. 47 Darrell Daniels, No. 83 Henry Krieger-Coble
*No. 74 LT Anthony Castonzo
The Colts offensive line has allowed their quarterbacks to get sacked 36 times in 2017. Castonzo has been solid in run blocking, but the anchor of the line has had his difficulties with pass rushers along with all of the others. T.J. Watt may prove a challenge for the big LT.
Other Colts Offensive Linemen to Note: *No. 7y4 LT Anthony Castonzo, *No. 67 LG Jeremy Vujnovich, No. 62 RG Le'Raven Clark, *No. 78 C Ryan Kelly, *No. 68 RG Kyle Kalis, No. 72 C Mike Person, No. 63 G Isaiah Williams
*No. 99 NT Al Woods
Woods, the former Steeler, is a nuisance to offenses. Woods clogs up gaps on inside runs and gets in the face of linemen often. He has bolstered the run-stopping ability of a defense that has no returning starters from 2016 now that Vontae Davis has departed the team. Maurkice Pouncey and Lev Bell will see a lot of their former teammate on Sunday.
Other Colts Defensive Linemen to Note: *No. 95 DT Johnathan Hankins, No. *92 DE Margus Hunt, No. NT 90 Grover Stewart, DT No. 91 Hassan Ridgeway,
*No. 93 OLB Jabaal Sheard
Sheard is very destructive. Last week against Houston, the former star from Pitt had two sacks, a quarterback hit and six pressures. Alejandro Villanueva could have his hands full with Sheard opposite him.
Other Colts Linebackers to Note: *No. 51 SLB John Simon, *No. 44 ILB Antonio Morrison, *No. 57 ILB Jon Bostic, No. 52 OLB Barkevious Mingo, No. 50 ILB Anthony Walker, No. 59 ILB Jeremiah George, No. 58 OLB Tarell Basham, No. 48 ILB Darnell Sankey
*No. 29 FS Darius Butler
Butler is filling in for the injured rookie Malik Hooker. Ranked 72 out of 84 safeties by Pro Football Focus, Butler could have a tough time against a Steelers’ passing attack that has high potency potential.
Other Colts Defensive Backs to Note: *No. 30 LCB Rahsaan Melvin, *No. 41 SS Matthias Farley, No. 31 CB Quincy Wilson, No. 32 SS TJ Green, *No. 35 Pierre Desir, No. 28 CB Chris Milton, No. 27 CB Nate Hairston
No. 4 K Adam Vinatieri
In his 22nd season as an NFL pro, the league's oldest player is one of the most-clutch kickers of all-time. On the season, Vinatieri is 17 of 18 on field goal attempts with three over 50 yards (52, 52 and 53).
Other Colts Special Teamers to Note: No. 2 P Rigoberto Sanchez, No. 46 LS Luke Rhodes, No. 25 Marlon Mack , No. 80 PR Chester Rogers