The Dolphins come into Week 4 with a very winnable matchup ahead of them.
Miami will face the Indianapolis Colts at home. The Colts have started their season 0-3 with losses against the Seahawks, Rams and the Titans. Indianapolis features former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has not been bad this season. He has 682 yards passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception on the year. The Dolphins will be starting Jacoby Brissett for the second week in row, as Tua Tagovailoa heals from a rib injury. Miami is currently favored by 1.5 points according to Caesars Sportsbook.
Here is TGH’s preview of the Miami Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The offense needs to get off to a hot start
After a heart-breaking loss to the Raiders last week in overtime, Miami needs to get off to a good start against the Colts. Points have been hard to come by for the Dolphins, as they are ranked 30th in points scored.
Jacoby Brissett needs to take more shots down the field as he has two great weapons in Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker at his disposal. Getting that one explosive play can put all the momentum on the Dolphins’ side, which can spell good things for Miami.
Turnovers are key
Miami touts one of the best ball hawks in the league in cornerback Xavien Howard. He led the league in interceptions last year with 10. Indianapolis has Carson Wentz who had a league leading 15 interceptions in 2020. Xavien Howard and the Dolphins defense needs to find a way to confuse Wentz with their defensive scheme and force Wentz into some bad passes.
Pressure needs to be put on Wentz early and often. The Dolphins have some defensive linemen in Christian Wilkins and Emmanuel Ogbah who are capable of sacking the quarterback and forcing quarterbacks into making mistakes.
Establish the rushing attack
Miami finally had over a 100 yards total rushing yards last week against the Raiders. They need to keep that trend going in Week 4.
Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Brown need to find a way to help Brissett out and find ways to making the rushing attack explosive. This doesn’t just fall on the running backs, but on the offensive line as well. They have not done very well at winning the battles in the trenches and creating holes for their running backs. If the Dolphins are going to win this game, they need to have at least 100 total rushing yards in this game. If they do not do that, than it will force Brissett to throw every down which makes the offense one-dimensional.
Examining the Colts
This is a team that has gone through a tough stretch of games. The Titans, Rams and Seahawks are all playoff contenders. As stated above, Wentz hasn’t had a bad season and has kept every single one of those games very close. Their worse loss was by 12 points at the hands of Seattle. This Colts team is still dangerous, though as they feature Jonathan Taylor at running back.
Taylor only has 171 yards on the season, but is liable to explode at any point. He had over 100 yards against the Rams defense which is impressive. The Colts also have Michael Pittman Jr. who is their leading receiver in yardage with 220 yards.
Overall this should be a very close game. These two teams have struggled out of the gate and are looking for some positive momentum. This concludes this Miami Dolphins Game Preview against the Indianapolis Colts.
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