QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. QB Andrew Luck**
Today's game features two of the best players at the quarterback position as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck each rank in the top-10 in the league in many passing categories. Roethlisberger ranks eighth in the league in passing yards (1,858) and his 1.2 percent interception rate is tied for third-best in the league among quarterbacks with at least 200 passing attempts. Luck has been impressive as well as the third-year signal caller leads the league with 2,331 passing yards and is third with 19 passing touchdowns. Roethlisberger and Luck have both shown they live for those key moments in special situations.
WR Antonio Brown vs. WR T.Y. Hilton
Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton grew up playing youth football together in their native Miami and each have emerged as two of the most explosive players at the wide receiver position. Despite each player being listed under 6-foot (Brown 5-10, Hilton 5-9), each guy uses their speed and athleticism to gain separation from defenders. Brown ranks second in the league in receptions (50) and receiving yards (719). Hilton ranks in the top-five as well with 47 receptions (tied-fifth) and 711 receiving yards (fourth). The Steelers and the Colts each possess top-10 running games that they will employ to open up the passing game for Brown and Hilton.
DE Cameron Heyward vs. DE Cory Redding
Each defense faces a tough test today as the Colts and Steelers garner two of the most balanced offenses in the NFL. Heyward and Redding are anchors along each of the defensive lines and will be relied upon to provide pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. The young but experienced Heyward has taken on a leadership role this season and leads all Steelers defensive linemen with 24 tackles (18 solo), three sacks and ranks second with 10 quarterback pressures. The vested veteran, Redding is still performing strong in his 12th year in the NFL. Redding is part of a defense that has forced 21 sacks and he is tied for second on the team with three. The battle starts in the trenches and each defense will count on Heyward and Redding to win at the point of attack.