By: Jason Sarney
The Miami Dolphins face-off against the Indianapolis Colts today at 1:00 at Hard Rock Stadium, presented by Pepsi. The 1-2 Dolphins look to get to .500 and keep the 0-3 Colts out of the Win Column.
With about an hour prior to kick-off, it was announced that Preston Williams, Noah Igbinoghene and Hunter Long will not be active today. The Dolphins have been dealing with injuries, must notably of course to Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, which is leading to Jacoby Brissett getting another start.
Brissett, who completed 32 passes last week against the Raiders in a comeback effort that feel short, played admirably, and even scrambled for a 4th quarter score, then added a 2-point conversion pass to Will Fuller to force overtime.
That was last week, and the Dolphins have to right the ship, after dropping two in a row, following a Week 1 road win against New England. Helping Miami’s cause today, is the infirmary that is the Indianapolis Colts roster at the moment, as they have nearly a dozen scratched players.
For Miami to be successful today, they must sack Carson Wentz, and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. The more duress Wentz will be in, can only be amplified by the stress of the 90 degree heat, as the sun will be beaming on the Colts sidelines, while Miami will be cool and comfortable in the shade.
Sticking with the defense, Miami looks to continue their turnover streak, currently at 25 games. Xavien Howard has created two of those turnovers, and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah already has 7 QB hits, which is top-4 in the NFL, so sacks should come soon for the free agent to be.
For the Dolphins to be successful today, there has to be an offensive identity, something that has been lacking this season, as there seems to be a three-headed monster calling the plays or at least attempting to, in co-coordinators Eric Studesvill and George Godsey, along with QB Coach Charlie Frye.
On the heels of a Saturday afternoon honoring Don Shula, perhaps there could be a “winning edge” today in Miami Gardens.