The Indianapolis Colts (5-5) take on the Miami Dolphins (5-5) on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Colts are riding a four-game win streak and look to make it five when the Miami Dolphins come into town on Sunday.
The Dolphins are 5-5 and look to stay alive in the AFC playoff race after starting out the season 3-0 and dropping 5 of their last 7 games. Miami figures to get starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back after suffering yet another injury. Brock Osweiler played well in his absence.
Although they are conference opponents, the Colts and Dolphins do not meet that much and it should make for an interesting match up.
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Miami Dolphins players to watch on Sunday:
QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has missed the past five games for Miami, and if he does not show some sort of promise to close the season, I believe the Dolphins should cut their losses and move on from him. However, Tannehill does have decent mobility and Adam Gase can fully call his run-first offense on Sunday, with a few designed QB runs. Colts need to watch out for Tannehill’s athleticism and running ability.
The rookie safety out of Alabama has been solid this season and is showing why he was Miami’s first round pick. Fitzpatrick has played deep safety, in the box, slot corner, and just about everything else for Miami’s defense. The Dolphins figure to shadow Eric Ebron with Minkah Fitzpatrick for the entirety of the game, hoping to slow down the tight end.
Match up to watch for:
Frank Gore vs Colts Defense
The former Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore has had a nice season with Miami. His reliable ground and pound game as the bell cow back has not slowed down in what seems like his twentieth year in the league. The bottom line here is the Colts need to bottle up Gore – not letting him truck for 5 yards a carry – and make Ryan Tannehill beat you in the air. If the Dolphins can control the clock with solid running up the gut with Frank Gore, it could be a long day for the Miami defense.
The Colts look to improve to 6-5 as they chase the division leading Houston Texans (7-3), or compete for an AFC wildcard spot.