Miami Dolphins vs Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts head into as we speak’s match up with the Miami Dolphins as one of many hottest groups within the league. The offense has averaged 36 factors per recreation during the last 5 weeks. Over the span, Andrew Luck has not been sacked. Over that span, eradicating kneel downs to shut out video games, Indianapolis has generated 769 yards in 139 carries on the bottom. That is a mean of 154 yards per recreation and 5.5 yards per carry.
The... offense... is... rolling.
This week the offensive line must do with out Ryan Kelly, who will miss time with a sprained MCL. His substitute, Evan Boehm, has seemed good in his restricted alternatives however continuity is so vital for the offensive line and adjustments can definitely enhance the possibilities of seeing the sack-less streak come to an finish, or begin to present some chinks within the run recreation.
The upside? The Miami Dolphins protection will really feel like a break in comparison with the defenses the Colts lately confronted. As a workforce, Miami has generated solely 17 sacks on the season — good for 29th within the NFL. Their rush protection permits a mean of 142 yards per recreation. If there was ever a recreation that Boehm wanted to work his method into the rotation, this may be a superb choice.
The Colts protection has been inconsistent over the identical 5 recreation stretch. There have been examples the place the unit performed very quick and pissed off their opponents. They put collectively an entire recreation towards the Titans, a dominant first half towards Jacksonville, and harassed the Derek Anderson led Payments. In addition they allowed the Jets to seem like offensive juggernauts and allowed the Raiders to remain within the recreation by way of three quarters, with Derek Carr wanting like one of the crucial environment friendly quarterbacks within the league (he truly has been).
The weakest space for the protection all season has been a suspect secondary. That is partially as a consequence of a scarcity of high finish expertise, partially as a consequence of accidents, and partially the character of the Tampa 2 protection. The bend however don’t break mentality will have a tendency to permit quick passes. It's all about limiting or eliminating huge performs on the again finish and decreasing yards after the catch.
The excellent news for the secondary is that the Dolphins come into the sport averaging solely 207 yards per recreation by way of the air, ranked 26th within the NFL. The unhealthy information is that this ranks greater than the Payments, Titans, and Jets. Additionally, Ryan Tannehill is predicted to return to the sector after working his method again from harm. On the optimistic aspect, once more, is that Tannehill is remarkably much like Marcus Mariota when each are utterly wholesome. In some respects, this could really feel like a repeat of the primary half per week in the past.
As for the frenzy protection, that is one other comparatively optimistic match up. The run protection is ranked 14th within the NFL in yards per recreation however is tied for sixth in yards per carry allowed at three.9 yards. The very best rush defenses within the NFL have allowed three.6 yards per carry. The Dolphins? They enter the sport because the 21st ranked rush offense within the league, averaging 105.9 yards per recreation and four.four yards per carry.
The draw back for the Colts is that Frank Gore can be returning to Indianapolis and, respect or no, will really feel compelled to let everybody know that it was a mistake to not deliver him again. He has a knack for selecting up troublesome yards and whereas he's not an enormous menace to interrupt off an enormous play, he's nonetheless among the best within the NFL at getting essentially the most out of every alternative. His counterpart Kenyan Drake is underwhelming as a rusher however has been very lively within the passing recreation.
Keep in mind the weak spot of the Tampa 2? Anticipate that Drake might catch numerous balls on screens or as a test down. He's athletic sufficient to do harm if he could make somebody miss.
In the end, the Colts needs to be closely favored to win, even if the 2 groups enter the sport with .500 information. Miami’s offense isn’t almost as explosive as Indy’s. Defensively, each groups are inconsistent. The Colts are carrying in a head of steam however the Dolphins are coming off of their bye and needs to be contemporary. Miami can be getting their beginning quarterback again from harm.
Let’s check out the keys to the sport.
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