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Monday, September 21, 2009
Colts D-line not doing effective work

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Miami’s offensive line has blocked very well for the run and done well protecting Chad Pennington into the early fourth quarter.

I’ve been struck by how Jake Long, the Dolphins’ giant left tackle, has neutralized Dwight Freeney on so many snaps. Freeney last week influenced the win over the Jaguars in a big way working against rookie Eugene Monroe.

But Monday night, Miami’s big second-year blocker has engulfed Freeney is a lot of situations, and Freeney’s lone sack of Pennington came on an ill-advised roll out that put Freeney in the one situation where he has a clear advantage against Long -- covering a lot of ground.

The Colts are trying to mount a touchdown drive than can pull them back even. Perhaps Freeney and the defensive line have saved their big plays for late.