Saturday, September 14, 2013
W2W4: Dolphins at Colts
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins (1-0) will battle the Indianapolis Colts (1-0) in a battle of undefeated teams Sunday. Both pulled out competitive victories in Week 1 and aim to stay on track.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Here are three things to watch from Miami's perspective:
1. Dolphins' rushing attack: Miami's running game was in hibernation in Week 1. The Dolphins rushed for 20 yards on 23 carries in a win over the Cleveland Browns. Miami’s coaches and players were embarrassed by that performance. Neither Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas ran well, and the offensive line failed to get any push. Miami is ranked last in the NFL in rushing. But fortunately for the Dolphins, the Colts are 31st so far in stopping the run. There a chance Miami can get its running back on track in Week 2.
2. Testing Luck: On paper, Miami's defensive line has a favorable matchup against Indianapolis' offensive line. The Dolphins registered six sacks in Week 1, and getting to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday will be a big key to victory. Indianapolis allowed four sacks last week in a win over the Oakland Raiders. That caught the attention of Colts owner Jim Irsay, who called out his team’s pass protection on Twitter this week. Miami’s pass rush is fast, aggressive and should present plenty of problems for Luck and Indianapolis' offense.
3. Wallace's role: Dolphins No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace was frustrated after just one reception against Cleveland. The Browns made it a point to double-team Wallace by keeping a safety over the top in coverage. It remains to be seen of the Colts also plan to double Wallace. But it's up to the Dolphins' coaching staff to come up with more creative ways to get its best receiver the football. Miami could use quick passes, screens or reverses to get Wallace involved in the game plan early. Wallace is the faster player on the field and could be extremely dangerous on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium.