Cian Fahey of Bleacher Report broke down all of Week 14′s biggest matchups, and he thinks Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton going against Bengals cornerback Terence Newman will be one of the best battles to watch Sunday:
Newman is an excellent cornerback, but he is very close to the end of his career and doesn’t have the speed to stick with Hilton in a straight-line race. Newman will likely need help to contain Hilton, but the Indianapolis Colts receiver hasn’t been overly impressive this season. Hilton needs to have a big game if the Colts are going to keep their season on track for the playoffs.
If the Colts move Hilton around at different WR spots, there will likely be times Dre Kirkpatrick has to cover him, and the Bengals should feel confident he can hold his own after his performance last week vs. the Chargers, which he felt lifted a big weight off his shoulders:
“I was very emotional after the game,” Kirkpatrick said, explaining why he quickly left the lockerroom after the game. “I just had to sit back and soak it all in. I didn’t want to talk about it,” Kirkpatrick said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It was nothing but another play. But to me, I haven’t made a play like that in three years.”