The Indianapolis Colts’ rushing attack has been underrated so far this season. In the games they’ve won, they reached 100 yards on the ground as a team every time. In the three games they lost, they have not hit 100.
On Sunday, the Colts nearly gained 200 yards on the ground and that was the key in the overtime victory against the Tennessee Titans. Many people are overlooking that fact or the fact that the running game was stout and the reason they beat the Cleveland Browns the week before.
Sunday, the ground game needs to be just as good if they want to win. The Miami Dolphins rank third in the league against the rush and have won games due to that. They also get to the quarterback well as Cameron Wake has 7.5 of their 22 sacks this season.
The Colts have struggled to protect Andrew Luck and he’s had to scramble just to keeps plays alive. When he goes back to pass, the defense is there too quickly and that’s causing major problems. But, when the Colts get a run game going like they did last Sunday, it sets up play action and allows Luck to tee off on his opponents.
That’s exactly what needs to happen this Sunday.
When the pass rush got too heavy, the Colts found out they can run the ball against the Titans. They went strictly play action on passing plays in the second half and overtime and that won them the football game. It kept the defense guessing because they had no answer.
The Dolphins are going to try and plug holes and get to Luck to win this game. They know that’s their only shot to win. The Colts just need to counter that by controlling the line of scrimmage and gaining positive yardage on the ground every time. It will set up just like Sunday.
With the backfield finally getting healthy, they have the fresh bodies and legs to do so. If Indianapolis can get to their average of 107 rush yards per game, they will win.
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