Dolphins at Colts

   Who, looking at the schedule at the start of the season, would have thought that the week 9 match up between (one-time rivals) Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts would be such a big game? The Fins and Colts have a number of things in common. First, both teams have a surprising 4-3 record. Second, they are both starting first-round-draft-pick rookie quarterbacks. And third they are both in contention for playoff spots.

   The Colts, led by #1 draft pick quarterback Andrew Luck, are coming off of a thrilling overtime win. That win was capped off by an amazing, some would say play of the year-worthy touchdown scored by wide receiver Vick Ballard.That win puts The Colts on a two game win streak and in the 6th and final playoff spot.

   The Dolphins, who were led last Sunday by back up quarterback and 2011 team M.V.P. Matt Moore, are coming off of a much needed divisional road win against the rival New York Jets. They dominated that game so completely that not even the injury of soon-to-be-star quarterback Ryan Tannehill could stop them from playing like kids who are sick of being bullied. They basically went into New York like a hurricane and punched the Jets in the mouth. Spectacular special teams play ignited The Dolphins and led to a win and the 5th playoff spot.

   In order for The Dolphins to win this Sunday they must continue to play virtually mistake free football. They need to win the turnover battle, contain Andrew Luck and shut down the his passing game.

   Defensively, The Dolphins must continue to get turnovers and disrupt the quarterback. Andrew Luck has thrown 8 interceptions has lost 5 fumbles. Hopefully the Fins can take advantage of Luck's mistakes and capitalize on them. Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne is having a another great year and has become Luck's favorite target. The secondary is improving every week and can really use some big plays from Sean Smith, Nolen Carroll and company.

   The Special Teams unit was stellar last week. But we still don't know if we can count on Dan Carpenter since some early season missed kicks cost The Dolphins a couple games. This week's game is being played in a dome and that is a perfect place for Carpenter to get out of the doghouse and drill some big field goals. It would definitely boost his confidence and get him back to being that clutch player that Dolphin fans knew and loved so much.

   Offensively, Miami needs to keep protecting the ball. As of today we still don't know who is gonna start at quarterback, an injured Ryan Tannehill, or back up Matt Moore. If Tannehill can't go, I think we can all agree Moore will be able to get the job done. The offensive line is playing great football and doing a hell of a job protecting the quarterback but lately the running game has slowed down, getting less yards per carry and rushing for less yards per game. Reggie Bush needs to step up and get to the form he had when they played The Raiders. If Bush can get off to a good start it should open up the passing game. Devon Bess has been open lately, so I look for him to have a big game. Jabar Gafney is a week wiser and after a big dropped pass last week that should have been a 60+ yard touchdown, I would still like to see him emerge as a solid third wide receiver.

   All in all I like The Dolphins chances on Sunday. Coach Philbin has the team playing well. They're favored on the road and match up well with The Colts. A win will give them a four game winning streak and a tie for first place in the AFC East with The New England Patriots. It will also make the Fins 5-3, off to the best start since 2008, and should put coach Philbin in contention for Coach of the year!

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  1. Awesome breakdown n i dont think u left anything out once again thanks for keeping us out of towners updated n go dolphins FINS UP

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  2. Great update Jason. Please keep us abreast of the latest news -Jamie Hayes

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