|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1.2||1-0||0-1||23.0||6.0||275.0||(4.5)||1.0||10.0||7.0||291.0||(4.4)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||23.0||6.0||18.0||32:47||23-20||(0.9)||24-38||63.2%||255||(6.7)||61-275||(4.5)||(12)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||6||18||33:47||23-20||(0.9)||24-38||63.2%||255||(6.7)||61-275||(4.5)||(12)|
|Offense Road Games||23.0||6.0||18.0||32:47||23-20||(0.9)||24-38||63.2%||255||(6.7)||61-275||(4.5)||(12)|
|Defense (All Games)||10.0||7.0||20.0||27:13||13-47||(3.6)||26-53||49.1%||244||(4.6)||66-291||(4.4)||(29.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||10||7||20||27:13||13-47||(3.6)||26-53||49.1%||244||(4.6)||66-291||(4.4)||(29.1)|
|Defense Road Games||10.0||7.0||20.0||27:13||13-47||(3.6)||26-53||49.1%||244||(4.6)||66-291||(4.4)||(29.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||2.0||16-8||50.0%||0-0||0.0%||1-24||(24)||3-7||(2.3)||10-77|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0||1||4||16-8||50.0%||0-0||0.0%||1-24||(24)||7-3||(2.3)||10-77|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||2.0||16-8||50.0%||0-0||0.0%||1-24||(24)||3-7||(2.3)||10-77|
|Stats Against (All Games)||3.0||0.0||3.0|| ||14-1||7.1%||4-2||50.0%||4-103||(25.7)||2-31||(15.5)||9-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||3||0||3|| ||14-1||7.1%||4-2||50.0%||4-103||(25.7)||31-2||(15.5)||9-57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||3.0||0.0||3.0|| ||14-1||7.1%||4-2||50.0%||4-103||(25.7)||2-31||(15.5)||9-57|
|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||0-1||21.0||14.0||274.0||(5.6)||0.0||17.0||7.0||372.0||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||21.0||14.0||18.0||27:13||26-127||(4.9)||18-23||78.3%||147||(6.4)||49-274||(5.6)||(13)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21||14||18||27:13||26-127||(4.9)||18-23||78.3%||147||(6.4)||49-274||(5.6)||(13)|
|Offense Home Games||21.0||14.0||18.0||27:13||26-127||(4.9)||18-23||78.3%||147||(6.4)||49-274||(5.6)||(13)|
|Defense (All Games)||17.0||7.0||20.0||32:47||33-171||(5.2)||19-29||65.5%||201||(6.9)||62-372||(6)||(21.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||17||7||20||33:47||33-171||(5.2)||19-29||65.5%||201||(6.9)||62-372||(6)||(21.9)|
|Defense Home Games||17.0||7.0||20.0||32:47||33-171||(5.2)||19-29||65.5%||201||(6.9)||62-372||(6)||(21.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.0||10-6||60.0%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||1-23||(23)||3-31|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0||0||0||2||10-6||60.0%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||23-1||(23)||3-31|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.0||10-6||60.0%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||1-23||(23)||3-31|
|Stats Against (All Games)||2.0||0.0||2.0|| ||13-7||53.8%||1-1||100.0%||2-47||(23.5)||1-5||(5)||8-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||2||0||2|| ||13-7||53.8%||1-1||100.0%||2-47||(23.5)||5-1||(5)||8-51|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||2.0||0.0||2.0|| ||13-7||53.8%||1-1||100.0%||2-47||(23.5)||1-5||(5)||8-51|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 15, INDIANAPOLIS 11|
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|MIAMI: More than last season, this year's Miami offense figures to more closely resemble the one head coach Joe Philbin was a part of in Green Bay. Expect a lot more running out of spread looks, as the Dolphins have the personnel to line up three- and four-wide and let speedy slasher Lamar Miller stick his foot in the ground and get upfield. Miller is set to get a true No. 1 workload behind a zone-blocking line. Daniel Thomas is the No. 2 but spends a lot of time in the doghouse.
The Dolphins are largely a West Coast offense, but they'll be able to stretch the field more this season. Both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are capable of big plays downfield, and Wallace will be used often as a catch-and-run threat as well. TE Dustin Keller will play a lot of reps and should be their primary target in the middle of the field. Brandon Gibson figures to return to strictly slot duties, as his skill set is similar to that of the departed Davone Bess. The Dolphins use their backs as receivers often, and both Miller and Thomas are capable receivers. The Dolphins figure to remain relatively run-heavy in the red zone, especially after losing top red zone target Anthony Fasano.
The Dolphins finished seventh in scoring defense despite not forcing a turnover in seven of their final nine games. They moved up to draft DE Dion Jordan to line up opposite star DE Cameron Wake (15 sacks), and are banking on both CBs Brent Grimes (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back) to be injury-free. Miami released ILBs Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, and spent big on MLB Dannell Ellerbe (92 tackles, 69 solos with Ravens), giving him to a 5-year, $35M deal, and then grabbed SLB Philip Wheeler (109 tackles, 78 solos with Raiders) and inked him to $26M over five years.|
|INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts continue their transition to man blocking in the running game. New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton comes from Stanford, where he used a power running game between the tackles. They'll likely try to establish the running game more than they did last year under former OC Bruce Arians, when they were one of 11 teams to run on less than 40 percent of their plays. Vick Ballard will get the first crack in what should be a committee set-up. Delone Carter will likely take short yardage duties, while Donald Brown (not an ideal fit in this scheme) will rotate in on all three downs.
Hamilton kept last year's playbook, and he's obviously familiar with Andrew Luck from college. They want to take a lot of shots up the seam, and they do a nice job utilizing pick plays and setting up bubble screens. Reggie Wayne is an intermediate target and the No. 1 receiver, while slot man T.Y. Hilton will see more snaps and is capable of getting deep. Darrius Heyward-Bey replaces Donnie Avery as a deep threat. The tight ends play both ways, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will often share the field. The Colts let Luck do his thing deep in opponent territory, though it is partly because they lack power in their offensive line. He's given the option to create with his legs.
Although they have the third-easiest NFL schedule, the Colts will still struggle on the defensive end. In 2012, they recovered a pathetic three fumbles all year, allowed 138 rushing YPG (4th-most in NFL) and surrendered 29.1 PPG on the road. With Dwight Freeney gone, OLB Robert Mathis (8 sacks) is the only player left with more than four sacks. But not all is hopeless, as MLB Jerrell Freeman (145 tackles, 5th in NFL) is a budding star, and Indy improved its secondary by signing CB Greg Toler and SS LaRon Landry.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (MIAMI-INDIANAPOLIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Colts RB Ballard tearing ACL)
*Dolphins-Colts Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Andrew Luck spent much of his rookie season lacking adequate protection, forcing the Indianapolis Colts to invest in a revamped offensive line in hopes of keeping their franchise quarterback safe.
So excuse owner Jim Irsay if he's a little upset that No. 12 was sacked four times in the team's season opener.
The Miami Dolphins are well aware of how dangerous Luck can be when he remains upright, but they won't have to worry about the Colts' leading rusher when the teams meet Sunday in Indianapolis.
Luck was sacked 41 times in 2012, fourth-most in the league. No Colts quarterback has been sacked more times since Jeff George was dropped a team-record 56 times in 1991.
Irsay, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano added tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard Donald Thomas through free agency, then drafted guard Hugh Thornton in the third round and center Khaled Holmes in the fourth in an effort to rebuild the line.
There weren't many immediate benefits, as Luck spent plenty of time on his back in Sunday's 21-17 win over Oakland. He finished 18 of 23 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, though his 19-yard TD run with 5:20 left proved to be the difference.
Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to let his displeasure with Luck's protection be known.
"We gotta protect #12 better...I DEMAND better," Irsay wrote.
Pagano, after being made aware of Irsay's post, agreed.
"As long as 12 is upright and on his feet, we've got a much better chance of winning than losing," Pagano said. "We will exhaust everything to take care of him and keep him clean."
That might be more difficult without Indianapolis' top rushing threat keeping defenses honest. The Colts learned on Friday that Vick Ballard would miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL while making a cut in practice a day earlier.
Former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start in Ballard's place Sunday, and Indianapolis also promoted rookie Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to the active roster.
"It's bad news," Bradshaw told the team's official website of Ballard's injury. "He's been working hard all year. It's just a freak accident. My heart goes out to Vick as hard as he's worked for this year. Our plan was to be that 1-2 punch.
"I'm set to go any time. That's what happens when this happens. I'll be ready."
While Bradshaw will try to keep the Colts' running game viable, the offensive line's biggest concern might be containing Miami defensive end Cameron Wake, who had 15 sacks last season and registered 2 1/2 in last week's 23-10 win at Cleveland.
"We're going to know where he's at, it's really no secret," Pagano said. "It's a different thing getting him blocked. He's very, very athletic, very powerful."
Wake had the Dolphins' only sack Nov. 4 against the Colts, who gave Luck enough protection for him to finish 30 of 48 for an NFL rookie-record 433 yards and two touchdowns in Indianapolis' 23-20 victory.
Miami is focused on making sure Luck doesn't have that type of breakout game again.
"He got us last year for over 400 yards so that wasn't good on our part," cornerback Nolan Carroll told the team's official website. "We've got to cover those guys man for man and we've got to keep him in the pocket. He won the game last week by running so we've got to contain him and try and get him off rhythm. When he's in a rhythm, that's when their offense is unstoppable."
Luck believes he'll have a more difficult time than last season against a Miami defense that intercepted three passes - Dimitri Patterson had two and Carroll one - against Cleveland.
"We'll continue to go back and watch and see maybe some things we did well last year," Luck said. "Obviously, they're a different team with one more year under their belt. They're probably a little more comfortable with everything and they obviously had a great Week 1 performance."
Ryan Tannehill, selected seven spots after Luck in the 2012 draft, finished 24 of 38 against Cleveland with a touchdown pass to Brian Hartline, who caught nine passes for 114 yards.
Tannehill went 22 of 38 for 290 yards and a TD last season against the Colts.
"Certainly we know what he did versus us last year," Pagano said. "He has the arm to make all the throws and he has some skill guys around him that can make plays. He can burn you."
One receiver capable of burning defensive backs is Mike Wallace, who signed a $60 million deal in the offseason but had just one catch for 15 yards in Cleveland. Wallace was visibly angry as he left the locker room, saying he didn't feel like talking about it.
He met Monday with coach Joe Philbin.
"We had a good conversation. We're good. We're ready to move on," Wallace said. "It just wasn't a good day for me. I'm mad at myself because I didn't have a good game. Anytime I don't do well, I'm upset."
Miami rushed for only 20 yards Sunday, its fewest since finishing with seven in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2006. Daniel Thomas ran eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, while Lamar Miller gained only three yards on 10 carries.
"We're not going to lull ourselves to sleep thinking about how they ran for only 20 yards," Pagano said. "They're going to go to work to make sure they can run the football."
The Colts have won four straight meetings, each by fewer than seven points.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 1:19:34 PM EST|