2019 Colts Preview: Colts/Dolphins, Week 10

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts (5-3) host the Miami Dolphins (1-7) this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium as they look to bounce back from last week's road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Dolphins are riding high after achieving their first win of the season last week over the New York Jets, but the Colts aren't too thrilled about their loss and will look to get things turned back onto the right track in this week's home matchup.

Adding to the fun Sunday will be former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney's halftime induction into the team's Ring of Honor, becoming its 16th honoree.

Let's analyze this week's matchup.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Indianapolis; Lucas Oil Stadium
  • TV: CBS — Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (color) and Melanie Collins (sideline)
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  • Radio: WFNI “1070 The Fan” and WLHK “HANK FM” — Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Jim Sorgi (color) and Larra Overton (sideline) | Sports USA — Josh Appel (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (color)

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Dolphins lead, 45-27 (Colts are 0-2 in the playoffs). The Colts have won six of the last seven games dating back to 2003.
  • Last game — Week 12 of 2018. Colts won, 27-24.

COACHING STAFF

Colts:

  • HC Frank Reich
  • OC Nick Sirianni
  • DC Matt Eberflus
  • STC Bubba Ventrone

Dolphins:

  • HC Brian Flores
  • OC Chad O'Shea
  • DC Patrick Graham
  • STC Danny Crossman

LAST WEEK

Colts:

  • Lost @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4), 26-24

Dolphins:

  • Won vs. New York Jets (1-7), 26-18

INJURY UPDATE

Colts:

  • OUT — QB Jacoby Brissett (knee), WR Parris Campbell (hand), WR T.Y. Hilton (calf)
  • DOUBTFUL — CB Pierre Desir (hamstring)
  • QUESTIONABLE — CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder)

Dolphins:

  • OUT — S Reshad Jones (chest), CB Ken Webster (ankle)
  • DOUBTFUL — N/A
  • QUESTIONABLE — OL Evan Boehm (hip), DL Davon Godchaux (shoulder), C Daniel Kilgore (knee), DE Avery Moss (ankle)

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH

  • Which Quarterback Will It Be? — Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett sprained the MCL in his left knee last week against the Steelers and was replaced for the remainder of the game by Brian Hoyer, who played quite well. Brissett has managed to participate in practice all week in a limited capacity. Is that enough for the Colts to trot him out onto the field this Sunday, or will they play it safe and go with a healthy, dependable veteran in Brian Hoyer? Head coach Frank Reich says it'll be a gametime decision. UPDATE: Brissett has been downgraded to OUT.
  • Can Colts' Line Dominate The Front Seven? — The Dolphins were near the bottom of the league last year in both sacks and run defense, and that remains the same this year. They've been on the wrong end of some world-class whoopins this season, and nothing has magically changed to this point. The two teams played late last season and the Colts ran for 118 yards in the matchup, led by Marlon Mack's 85 yards. Quarterback Andrew Luck was also sacked just once. The Colts should be able to perform just as well this year, if not better, in those two areas in 2019's matchup. The Colts have five 100-yard rushing performances this season (averaging 163.2 YPG in those games), and the Dolphins have allowed six such games this year (averaging 174.0 YPG). The Colts are also tied for allowing the seventh-fewest sacks in the league on offense while the Dolphins have generated the third fewest on defense. The Colts have an enormous advantage in the trenches.
  • Clean Up The Self-Inflicted Wounds — There were four big mistakes made by the Colts in the first half when these two teams played last year that could have cost them the contest if not for their late rally. Two Luck interceptions, a Jordan Wilkins fumble and a contested catch allowed for a long touchdown are all things that were uncharacteristic and can be cleaned up in this year's matchup.
  • Regain Control Of The AFC South — The Houston Texans sit atop the AFC South currently with a 6-3 record but they are currently enjoying their bye week. If the Colts win, it will even their records, but the Colts hold the tiebreaker over the Texans after beating them in Week 7. The Colts had a short reign atop the division after Week 7, but they can take it back by winning on Sunday.

WHAT THE DOLPHINS ARE SAYING

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Colts WR Zach Pascal vs. Dolphins DB Eric Rowe — With Hilton out, Pascal remains the Colts' top receiver, and without Xavien Howard, the Dolphins' top corner becomes Rowe. Both players have plenty of size and toughness, so this'll be an entertaining matchup to watch.
  • Colts G Mark Glowinski vs. Dolphins DT Christian Wilkins — Wilkins, the Dolphins' talented rookie defensive tackle sets up shop on the left side on Miami's line most often, which likely means plenty of matchups with Glowinski, the Colts' right guard. Wilkins is coming off of his most productive game as a pro last week, totaling five tackles (one for loss) and a sack.
  • Colts DE Justin Houston vs. Dolphins OT J'Marcus Webb — Webb, the former Colt, goes up against his most recent former team this week, and he draws the matchup of the Colts' leading sacker in Houston. Both players have notes on each other having gone against each other in training camp.
  • Colts LB Darius Leonard vs. Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki — Gesicki is an athletic freak, and in his second season has shown some development, coming off of a career-high 95 yards last week. He will likely find himself in Leonard's wide-eyed stare multiple times throughout this game, which will put two fast, athletic, lengthy guys against each other.
  • Colts CB Rock Ya-Sin vs. Dolphins WR DeVante Parker — The Colts' rookie cornerback has had a season full of opportunity as the team's leader in defensive snaps. This week, he should be lined up often against Miami's top receiver in Parker. This matchup could be a big confidence builder for the rookie second-rounder.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENT

BETTING LINE

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

Colts:

  • Passing — QB Jacoby Brissett (1,649 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Marlon Mack (679 yards)
  • Receiving — WR T.Y. Hilton (360 yards)
  • Touchdowns — WR T.Y. Hilton (5)
  • Tackles — LB Anthony Walker (54)
  • Sacks — DE Justin Houston (6.0)
  • Interceptions — CB Pierre Desir, S Clayton Geathers, S Malik Hooker, LB Darius Leonard, CB Kenny Moore II (1)

Dolphins:

  • Passing — QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (1,195 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Mark Walton (201 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Preston Williams (428 yards)
  • Touchdowns — WR DeVante Parker (4)
  • Tackles — LB Jerome Baker (55)
  • Sacks — DE Taco Charlton (4.0)
  • Interceptions — CB Xavien Howard, S Bobby McCain, CB Jomal Wiltz (1)

COMPARING 2019 STATS

Colts:

  • Total offense — 21st (343.6 YPG)
  • Scoring — 17th (22.8 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 23rd (213.9 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — Tied-7th (16)
  • Running offense — 9th (129.8 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 10th (44%)
  • Red zone offense — 3rd (67.9%)
  • Total defense — 14th (339.9 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 17th (22.1 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 15th (231.2 YPG)
  • Sacks — Tied-21st (20)
  • Running defense — 18th (108.6 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 17th (39.1%)
  • Red zone defense — 10th (51.9%)
  • Time of possession — 8th (31:27)
  • Turnover differential — 20th (-1)

Dolphins:

  • Total offense — 30th (262.2 YPG)
  • Scoring — 30th (12.9 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 29th (198.5 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — 30th (32)
  • Running offense — 31st (63.8 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 26th (33%)
  • Red zone offense — 13th (61.1%)
  • Total defense — 29th (402.4 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 32nd (32.0 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 20th (251.6 YPG)
  • Sacks — 30th (12)
  • Running defense — 31st (150.8 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 27th (45.2%)
  • Red zone defense — 27th (64.3%)
  • Time of possession — 30th (27:07)
  • Turnover differential — 32nd (-13)

NOTES AND QUOTES

  • Mack needs one 100-yard rushing performance to tie Alan Ameche (seven) for the sixth-most such games in Colts franchise history.
  • Colts tight end Jack Doyle needs one receiving touchdown to pass Eric Ebron (16) and tie Coby Fleener (17) for the seventh-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in franchise history. Doyle also needs two first down receptions to pass Fleener (109) for the fourth-most first down receptions by a tight end in franchise history.
  • Ebron needs one receiving touchdown to pass Doyle (16) and tie Fleener (17) for the seventh-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in franchise history.
  • Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri needs two field goal attempts to tie Morten Andersen (709) for the most career field goal attempts in NFL history.
  • Colts head coach Frank Reich on if the team would promote quarterback Chad Kelly from the practice squad if Brissett can't play: “That would likely be the plan, yes.”
  • Reich on not overlooking the Dolphins: “Unfortunately, it should be easy for us not to have them overlook them because we just lost. I don’t think we would’ve either way, but coming after a loss man – this business is brutal. You lose in this weekend and you feel the sting of it and you feel like your back is against the wall and we have to respond. So I am trusting our guys to have the maturity to understand that and know that in this league every opponent is a good opponent. I mean we respect every opponent that comes in here, no matter what their record is and we’ve got to play good football.”
  • Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores on Brissett: “I thought he was – he’s a great kid. I loved spending time with him. He’s smart. He’s got great leadership. He’s got a presence about him where guys rallied behind him pretty quickly early in his career. I was very impressed with Jacoby and I’m not surprised at all that he’s playing the way he is.”
  • Flores on Hoyer: “Hoyer is as smart as they come at the quarterback position. (He) understands defense, has been in a few different systems and understands different ways to protect, to schematically put together different concepts. This guy’s very, very bright. He’s another guy who, he and I would go back and forth, talk about defense, talk about offense, talk about protections, talk about route concepts – again, another impressive guy.”
  • Flores on Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II: “I was a big fan of him then out of Valdosta (State). Actually our corners coach Josh Boyer spent a lot of time with him, worked him out, really took a liking to him; but Kenny is first and foremost, he’s tough. He’s smart. Football is important to him. (Kenny is) disciplined. He can take coaching. He’ll tackle. There’s a lot to like about him. Again, another guy (I am) not surprised at all that he’s had the success that he’s had, but there’s a humility about him where I know none of this is going to go to his head. You can compliment him. It won’t go to his head. He’ll just keep putting his head down and working hard and trying to make himself a better player. He’s just a good overall kid – well he’s not a kid anymore, he’s a grown man now. I’m just proud to see the way he’s developed and I’m always happy for guys like that to have success wherever it is in the league. I kind of felt like he was going to have success wherever he went. I’m not surprised at all.”
  • This week, the Colts made the following roster moves: Elevated wide receiver Marcus Johnson and quarterback Chad Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad, and waived wide receiver Deon Cain, defensive tackle Carl Davis and defensive tackle Kyle Peko.

NEXT WEEK

Colts:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (home)

Dolphins:

  • Buffalo Bills (home)

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