Two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins (5-5) were torn apart on both sides of the football, resulting in a nineteen point defeat against the Green Bay Packers. Fresh off a much-needed bye week, Miami is now set to face one of the NFL’s hottest teams of late: Indianapolis (5-5). The storyline to watch in this football game is the return of Dolphins quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who missed Miami’s past five games due to a throwing shoulder injury.
Tannehill suffered the injury Week 5, at Cincinnati. Brock Osweiler filled in for Tannehill’s spot, posting wins versus Chicago and the Jets, and falling versus Detroit, at Houston and at Green Bay. Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck, drafted first overall in 2012, along with Tannehill, who was selected eighth, has not been sacked in five games.
Indianapolis, which began the season 1-5, has rang off four consecutive victories. Both Miami and Indianapolis are in the thick of things when it comes to playoff talk. At 5-5, the Dolphins and Colts are evened with Baltimore, Tennessee and Cincinnati for the AFC’s final Wild Card slot.
DATE: Sunday, November 25
TIME: 4:25 P.M. ET
SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
LINE: IND -7.5, O/U: 51
Radio: Dolphins Radio Network, KISS 99.9 FM, 560 WQAM, 1210 WNMA (Spanish)
Radio Announcers: English broadcast- Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast- Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell
Four players to watch
1. QB Ryan Tannehill: Yes, Ryan Tannehill is back under center for the Miami Dolphins. After missing the past five games due to a right throwing shoulder injury, Tannehill is set to make a much-anticipated return. It will be a crucial six-game stretch for Tannehill and the Dolphins, who are seeking its second playoff appearance in three seasons under head coach Adam Gase.
2. QB Andrew Luck: Sunday will mark Luck’s third career start versus Miami, and first since 2013. Luck has tossed thirteen touchdown passes during the Colts’ four-game winning streak.
3. RB Frank Gore: Gore, the Miami native, played three seasons for the Colts (2015-’17), posting 2,953 rushing yards and thirteen touchdowns. With RB Kenyan Drake nursing a shoulder injury, expect Gore to get the bulk of carries for Miami, just as he has for the majority of the season so far.
4. WR T.Y. Hilton: Dolphins CB Xavien Howard will have a lot on his plate Sunday afternoon, matching up against a speedy Hilton. Hilton, an FIU graduate, leads Indianapolis in receiving yards (585).
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BLiguoriSports
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