coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 09/09/2013 01:25 PM in NFL

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts: Preview and Pick

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts: Preview and Pick

The second week of the NFL schedule will showcase the skills of talented young quarterback Andrew Luck as he leads his Indianapolis Colts on to the field to take on the Miami Dolphins. Both of these squads won in the first week and will attempt to start the season 2-0, but it won’t be easy.

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts Odds

The NFL betting odds for this game opened up with the Colts listed as pick ‘em and that number is quickly on the move as the betting public is buying into the Colts although they barely escaped a game with a victory against the Oakland Raiders. The line can now be found as (-3) in favor of the Colts in many of the top rated online sportsbooks. This line could easily leap the key number as the sports consensus sites show that 73 percent of the early football bettors are backing the Colts.

It may have been an ugly win against the Cleveland Browns but the Dolphins got the win. They managed to get the win basically because the Browns made mistake after mistake. Browns quarterback Brandon Weedden threw three interceptions that cost the team. Although the Dolphins got the victory they still need to work on plenty areas.

Their running game was stuffed against the Browns and although they put up 23 points on offense, one player on the team was not happy. Newly acquired wide out Mike Wallace made it very clear to the media that he was not thrilled with the way that he was used after the game.

Andrew Luck made sure that his team was not going to lose in week one. The Raiders put up a huge underdog effort as they almost won outright although they were double digit dogs coming into this game. This showed some huge flaws in this Colts team most notably on defense. If they don’t improve, Luck will have to carry this team for the rest of the season.

The football betting trends reveal some interesting angles leading up to kickoff. Indianapolis is 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games when playing at home against Miami and 5-0 straight up in the last five games at home. The total has gone over in 5 of Indianapolis's last 7 games when playing Miami and the total has gone under in 11 of Miami's last 13 games so something has to give when these teams meet this weekend.

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts Pick

With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
09/10/2013 05:02 PM

The Miami Dolphins left Cleveland Sunday with a 23-10 victory over the Browns. However, one of the things that didn’t sit well with Miami’s coaching staff was its sluggish running game.

The Dolphins rushed for just 20 yards on 23 carries against the Browns, which is an 0.9-yard average. The 20 yards currently puts Miami dead last in the NFL in rushing after Week 1.

Cleveland’s defensive line and front seven dominated Miami’s rushing attack. It was an equally ugly performance by the Dolphins’ offensive line and the running backs.

The Dolphins have to make sure a lack of a running game doesn’t become the trend. That would make Miami and second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill much easier to defend in future games.

“We certainly can block better, run harder, coach better, so it falls on all of our shoulders,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. “I anticipate that will clear itself up as we move forward. Last year when we played Arizona we didn’t rush the ball very well either. The defense was geared to stopping the run and they do a pretty good job of doing that.”

Miami starting tailback Lamar Miller rushed for 3 yard on 10 carries in his first game as a full-time starter. Not everything was his fault, but Miller also failed to make defenders miss. Backup Daniel Thomas only rushed for 14 yards on eight carries.

“Clearly we have to do a better job,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “That’s not a good formula to have that much pass offense and that little run offense. We want to have a better balance. It will probably never be 50-50 in terms of yardage.”

Look for the Dolphins to put a lot of practice time this week into running the ball against the Indianapolis Colts. Miami must control the clock to some degree and keep Colts quarterback Andrew Luck off the field as much as possible.

Both Indianapolis (1-0) and Miami (1-0) won its Week 1 matchups and look to improve to 2-0 in the AFC.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
09/11/2013 04:25 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay is at it again on Twitter.

Irsay, who blasted his team after its preseason-opening loss to Buffalo last month, is demanding that the Colts do a better job protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in their game against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

Irsay's tweet: Raider/Colts-- we gotta protect #12 better..and that includes more than just's backs,TE's,coaches on blitz pick ups..I DEMAND better

Luck was sacked four times against the Oakland Raiders in the Colts' Week 1 victory. Expect the Dolphins to be just as aggressive going after Luck after they recorded six sacks against Cleveland last weekend.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano was asked about Irsay's tweet during his media session Wednesday afternoon. "That's every week, you know," Pagano said. "That's [emphasized in] all of our offices and every office up and down the hallway. ... We all know that as long as No. 12 is upright and on his feet, we've got a much better chance of winning with him."

Luck was sacked 41 times and hit more than 100 times during his rookie season last year.

Irsay said on Twitter on Aug. 12 that he gave his "commanders" an "earful" after their 44-20 loss to Buffalo on Aug. 11.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
09/12/2013 02:52 PM

Daniel Thomas sported a busted lip Tuesday, a war wound from a game he’d rather forget. “My helmet came off, at some point,” Thomas said. “I think it’s when it happened.” The gash will heal. Time will tell if the Miami Dolphins’ running game will do the same.

The Dolphins, 1-0 after beating the host Browns by two scores Sunday, almost had the feel of a team coming off a loss when they returned to practice Tuesday. Chances are, it was because all the questions in the locker room were about the offense’s inability to run the football in the opener.

They managed just 20 yards on 23 carries against Cleveland, the third-fewest rushing yards the Dolphins have ever gained in a game. Not surprisingly, the Dolphins have the league’s worst running attack through the first week of the season.

There’s plenty of blame to go around.

• The offensive line:
Tyson Clabo, brought in to stabilize the right side of the line, graded out as the worst run-blocker among the 65 offensive tackles to take at least a quarter of their team’s snaps in Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus. “For me, personally, it definitely wasn’t the standard that I set for myself, but everybody has tough days at the office,” Clabo said.

Jonathan Martin, the starting left tackle, wasn’t much better. He ranked 60th. Guards Richie Incognito and John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey all had middle-of-the-pack efforts. Said Pouncey: “Rushing for 20 yards, we’re not going to win many games that way.”

• Tight ends:
Charles Clay was a weapon in the passing game (5 catches, 54 yards), but his run-blocking needs work, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. “I thought he can improve there, he’s still a work in progress, he definitely has the capabilities to be a very good run-blocker,” Sherman added.

(As an aside, two tight ends the Dolphins let walk in free agency, Anthony Fasano and Jeron Mastrud, both had superb run-blocking days for their new teams.)

When Clay was asked what in particular needs improvement, he mentioned his punch, where to hit defensive players and his head placement. “It’s all correctable,” Clay added. “I just want to be a person who’s dependable.”

• Running backs:
The holes weren’t there Sunday, but it’s not like Lamar Miller or Thomas did much to create on their own. Miller averaged just 0.7 yards after contact per attempt – second-worst in the league. Thomas was only slightly better at 1.4.

By way of comparison, Adrian Peterson averaged 5.4 yards per attempt after contact. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said that aspect of their game “absolutely” needs to improve, “no question about it.”

“I feel like as the season continues, the more games we get, we’re going to get better at that,” said Thomas, who managed just 14 yards on 8 carries.

Miller was even more ineffective, needing 10 rushes to gain 3 yards. He has had days like that before, going for just 29 yards on 16 carries against North Carolina during his final year at the University of Miami. The next game, he was just 7 yards shy of 100.

The Dolphins also have this going for them: The Colts’ front seven should be far more welcoming than Cleveland’s was. Indianapolis surrendered 171 rushing yards to the Raiders in Week 1.

“I think we will never have a game like that again where we rush for 20 yards,” Thomas said

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
09/13/2013 05:23 PM

Running back Vick Ballard will undergo season-ending surgery on a torn ACL in his right knee, coach Chuck Pagano said Friday. Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that Ballard has been placed on injured reserve.

Ballard, who as a rookie led the Colts in rushing last season, was injured in a non-contact drill during Thursday's practice, according to Pagano. Ballard was listed as being limited in practice on the team's injury report Thursday evening.

Ballard paced the Colts with 63 rushing yards in a 21-17 season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Colts had planned to team Ballard with Ahmad Bradshaw, who signed with Indianapolis in the offseason, to give the offense a running duo to complement the receiving and tight end groups.

Now the load will go to Bradshaw, who sat out the entire preseason while recovering from offseason foot surgery, and Donald Brown. Bradshaw had seven rushes for 26 yards in the opener; Brown, who is in his fifth season, didn't receive a carry against the Raiders.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
09/15/2013 08:36 AM

The public has not adjusted to this line yet and they have not realized that the Dolphins are going to be a better team that the Colts. I saw it last week and that is why I am taking Miami.

Miami +1