T.Y. Hilton: Colts have to “expect the unexpected” from the Patriots

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Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has faced the Patriots five times over the course of his career and he’s learned some lessons during those games.

Hilton said on Thursday that the Patriots are “fundamentally sound” and “do everything” that head coach Bill Belichick asks them to do on a weekly basis. Hilton also said that part of the challenge of facing New England is that you have to figure out exactly what Belichick is going to ask of his team.

“Expect the unexpected,” Hilton said, via Mike Chappell of WTTV. “The thing with [Belichick] is whatever you do well, he’s gonna take it away. So if you’re right-handed, you better learn to shoot with your left hand. If you’re left-handed, you better learn to shoot with your right hand. That’s just how he is. We’ve just got to be ready for anything and everything when it comes to that defense.”

Hilton has been a focal point of the defense in the past, but running back Jonathan Taylor is more likely to be in the crosshairs on Saturday night. If the Patriots do stop him, the Colts will have to adapt quickly if Hilton’s going to avoid being on the losing side for the sixth time against the Patriots.

17 responses to “T.Y. Hilton: Colts have to “expect the unexpected” from the Patriots

  1. The Colts give up 4.5.yards a carry and their LBs are undersized. This game will be interesting.

  2. “The thing with [Belichick] is whatever you do well, he’s gonna take it away”…. here is the thing, it all comes down to execution…. Execute correctly and nobody can take away “the thing you do best”… or are you just saying they are better than you, because that is what I am hearing….

  3. They should try some whacky punt formation in an attempt to catch the Patriots with too many men on the field.

    That’s always good for a few laughs.

    Then they could hang another banner for best comedy sketch.

  4. Hey T.Y. Your coach is Frank Reich. If you remember, he beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots in a Super Bowl when he was with Philly. Frank is one step ahead, already. If anyone wants to know how to strategize against Belichick, ask Frank Reich. So T.Y., make sure you’re listening closely when Coach is speaking.

  5. This game will hinge on whether or not Belichick can get Wentz to do some Wentzy things at the most critical moments.

  6. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    December 17, 2021 at 9:38 am
    This game will hinge on whether or not Belichick can get Wentz to do some Wentzy things at the most critical moments.

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    Agree completely. Can the Patriots avoid turnovers against an opportunistic defense and can they shut down Taylor enough to force the Wentzy things.

  7. “Wentzy things.” I love it.

    In the immortal words of Dennis Green, I think after the game we will be talking about Wentz by saying, “They are who we thought they were.”

    In other words, Wentz is Wentz, and he’s likely to make a critical mistake or two if/when the game is placed on his shoulders.

  8. Love all these comments from folks who don’t watch the Patriots week in and week out but think they know. They let you beat yourself because they are the smartest guys in the room.

  9. The Pats are taking this game. I expect big games from Stevenson, Bourne and Judon. I also think we might be due for a Gunner Olzewski return TD. I hope the Colts end up doing some silly stuff again. I know Reich is not Chuck Pagano but still, I’m expecting some sort of “wtf was that?” moment.

  10. With the Chiefs winning last night the game becomes much more interesting & important for the Patriots……

  11. “…
    the Colts will have to adapt quickly if Hilton’s going to avoid being on the losing side for the sixth time against the Patriots.
    …”
    But, but, but rivalry?!?

  12. This will be a Mac Jones’ game and I think he is up for it. Time for Josh McDaniels to open up the playbook for Mac.

  13. Belichick will play this one close to the vest. Low scoring, long drives. It will probably come down to a critical turnover in the 4th.

  14. The officiating crew (Carl Cheffers lead official) assigned to this game has thrown the most flags, 201, 10 more than any other crew, including 27 PI penalties.

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