Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins At Colts

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Colts matchup



DATE: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, play-by-play; Dan Fouts, analysis
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro


SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 46-25 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 25-12
AT INDIANAPOLIS: Dolphins lead 13-8
AT BALTIMORE (Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984): Dolphins lead 8-5
LAST MEETING: 2012 at Indianapolis; Colts 23, Dolphins 20
HISTORY LESSON: Sunday’s game will come exactly 11 years after the Dolphins traveled to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the Colts in Week 2 of the 2002 season. The Dolphins came away with a 21-13 victory that day after jumping out to 14-0 and 21-3 leads in the first half and making big defensive play after big defensive play. In the third quarter, the Dolphins defense stuffed Edgerrin James on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line and then Brock Marion broke up Manning’s pass from the Miami 6-yard line on the last play of the game. Earlier, the Dolphins had come up with three interceptions, one each by Derrick Rodgers, Patrick Surtain and Jamar Fletcher.
SERIES TREND: If recent history is any indication, expect a nail-biter on Sunday. In the teams’ last 12 meetings, starting with the Dolphins’ wild 34-31 victory at Indianapolis in 1999, the game was decided by more than eight points only once. That came in 2001 when the Dolphins routed the Colts 41-6. It is Indianapolis, however, that has had the upper hand recently. The Colts have won the last four meetings — ironically, by six, five, four and three points.


LAST GAME: Won vs. Oakland, 21-17
OVERVIEW: The Colts demonstrated a remarkable ability last season to find a way to win even when getting outplayed, and that’s just how they started things off this season. Indianapolis was outgained by almost 100 yards by Oakland Sunday, yet managed to win after Andrew Luck scored a late touchdown and safety Antoine Bethea picked off Terrelle Pryor to end the Raiders’ upset bid. The Colts have high hopes for this season after going to the playoffs in 2012 one year after finishing 2-14.
KEY NEW FACES: DE Bjoern Werner (draft, 1st round), G Hugh Thornton (draft, 3rd), T Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (N.Y. Giants), NT Aubrayo Franklin (San Diego), QB Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland), DT Ricky Jean Francois (San Francisco), S LaRon Landry (N.Y. Jets), G Donald Thomas (New England), LB Erik Walden (Green Bay), WR David Reed (Buffalo)
KEY VETERANS GONE: DE Dwight Freeney (San Diego), S Tom Zbikowski (Chicago), DT Drake Nevis (waived), T Ben Ijalana (waived), LB Jerry Hughes (traded, Buffalo), CB Jerraud Powers (Arizona), QB Drew Stanton (Arizona), WR Donnie Avery (Kansas City)
Game Pass: Miami Dolphins