Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/1/12
12 Things to Watch For in Sunday's Colts-Dolphins Game This...is...awesome! I have no idea what it means, but I like it! Last week, the Colts pulled off a stunning upset of the Titans. The win thrust them into the playoff hunt, and now the equally surprising Miami Dolphins invade Lucas Oil Stadium with the winner facing a real shot of claiming a post-season berth. Here's what to watch for... 1. Watch for the arm. The Dolphins have a shut-down run defense, and we all know that when push comes to shove, Andrew Luck has no qualms dropping back 55 times. Look for the Indy run game to struggle as the Dolphins shut down power runs, long runs, all runs. Luck's going to have toss his way to victory, so be prepared for plenty of drop backs, especially early in the game. 2. Watch for diddlypoo. The Dolphins haven't been a legitimate playoff contender in quite some time but suddenly they're in the mix. Likewise the Colts have indeed shocked some people by making their way into the discussion as well. Thanks in no small part to a historically bad AFC, these two teams both need to win this game in an attempt to get a leg up in the AFC Wild Card race. I still can't figure out how the AFC can be this bad but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth. Rather than question it I'm going to spend the rest of the day watching Jim Mora's famous rant on YouTube. 3. Watch the multiplier. Why are the Colts so bad at forcing turnovers? In part because their two best defensive players have yet to be healthy at the same time. It's hard to say how much Freeney and Mathis are actually healthy, but at least they'll be on the field together. That's got to count for something. At some point it becomes statistically impossible for the Colts to not force a turnover, even by accident. Best guess is that the two of them playing together will coincide with loose balls and picks. Their combined force multiplies itself and could maybe lift the Colts' defense away from being 31st in the NFL. 4. Watch for the Vontae Davis story. While Vontae Davis will miss this game with an injury the Dolphins are smiling all the way to the bank. The Dolphins have an emerging young corner in Jimmy Wilson and a second round pick to boot. Davis has yet to show any of the upside that demanded that second round pick and rookie GM Ryan Grigson may have his first real bust on his hands. Either way this is going to be something the talking heads address. 5. Watch for the development. Dwayne Allen is growing weekly. The Colts desperately need a second weapon to emerge, and the best bet is Allen. With Donnie Avery killing the offense weekly, and T.Y. Hilton very much a work in progress, it's Allen who has shown the most growth in his game. He put the ball on the turf twice against the Titans, so watch for him to grip it tight and get seven to ten targets as the Colts decide to abandon the run. 6. Watch for the need for a savior. Dolphins C Mike Pouncey is quietly putting together another very good year, and likely will completely control NT Antonio Johnson for the entire game. This will lead to Colts fans crying out for Josh Chapman to get on the active roster as soon as possible, and into a game, especially if the Colts are in a playoff hunt. Chapman may or may not be the long term solution to the nose tackle position, but the expectation is there that he will be, and will single-handedly fix all of Indianapolis' defensive problems. 7. Watch for the apocalypse. I'm not saying the world is coming to an end, but I'm some what suspicious of the Colts and 'Fins playing meaningful football in November. It seems like one of those rivers turning to blood kind of deals. I'm half expecting Ryan Tannehill to suddenly trot off the field, wave and thank us for all the fish on the way out. In that case, the Colts would probably win by forfeit, allowing me to salute R.E.M on the way to Mayantown because I feel fine. 8. Watch for envy. The home fans may get a little green when watching the Dolphins' offense on the field. Last week, the Dolphins' offensive  line allowed just two quarterback pressures against the Jets. Meanwhile, in Nashville, the Colts were busy allowing 27 pressures on Andrew Luck. For Luck to succeed, he'll have to be scary good in the face of pressure, as he was last week. But fans will merely be salivating over how good he could be if he ever had an offensive line that gave him the kind of protection the Dolphins offensive line will give Tannehill.  9. Watch for the right side. The one weak spot on the Dolphins' offensive line is the right side, especially rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin, Andrew Luck's former teammate. If the Colts are going to get any pressure on the Miami QB, it will likely come from that side. Drake Nevis and Robert Mathis are the Colts' best bets to get pressure this week.  10. Watch for the crowd. There's a vibe around Indianapolis these days. People want to believe. Make no mistake, this Colts team needs plenty of help to win, and it's an easy team to get behind. It's like the whole team has taken on the personality of Reggie Wayne. It works hard. It's personable. It's not scientific, and there's no metric for it, but I expect the home fans to come unglued on Sunday afternoon. I hope that's enough. 11. Watch for a dirty jersey. While that other guy in Denver is having a pretty good year I've not felt the kind of envy I expected to feel due in large part to the gritty performance by Andrew Luck. Luck's uniform after most games looks like a poster child for a Tide commercial, a trend that makes me cringe. That said, there's nothing better than seeing this kid get up off the ground, pick the sod out of his helmet and run toward the endzone to celebrate with his teammates. That indominable spirit, scrappy attitude and ability to persevere despite a tough situation is remarkably endearing. Yeah, I kind of like this new guy. While I'd love to see him walk away unscathed for just one game this year I kind of like seeing him wipe off the dirt and smile. He's going to get knocked down quite a bit against the Dolphins but I sort of expect to see him laugh it off and play his best when it counts. 12. Watch for the end of my resistance. I'm done. I'm done trying to figure them out. There's no way to look at this team and arrive at the conclusion that they are in the playoff hunt, but they are. I'm laying down my arms. 31st ranked defense in DVOA be damned, they seem to have something special going that defies all logic and explanation. They shouldn't beat the Dolphins, but they will. Colts 20 Dolphins 17.
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