It is that time again! Gameday. Today your Miami Dolphins take on the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome (Game preview is HERE). Around here every Sunday we take a look at Sunday Stats…Got your coffee? Ready? Beauty, then let’s do it…
Both teams enter the game at 4-3. Both have been a pleasant surprise; in fact if the playoffs started now these would be the 2 AFC wildcard teams.
Andrew Luck has a passer rating of 74.6 (29th in NFL). Ryan Tannehill is slightly better at 75.8 (27th in NFL). It does appear as though Tannehill will get the start today despite his hurt leg.
Luck averages 280 passing yards per game. Tannehill averages 210 passing yards per game, but has been at 280 since the week 3 New York Jets game.
Matt Moore may play today. May start, may see action in a back-up role (Tannehill approaching 100%, but not there yet so we will see). He has never played vs the Colts.
Reggie Bush has played the Colts just once. He was held to 38 yards on a dozen carries.
Former Miami Hurricane star Reggie Wayne is having a huge 2012 for the Colts, but in his career he is averaging just 29 receiving yards per game and has zero TDs.
Anthony Fasano has just 2 catches in his career vs the Colts, but Miami is 14-5 in games where he catches a TD (even the 5 losses were all less than 1 TD margin so when he catches a TD the Dolphins are in that game…every time).
This is the first time the Colts will face Cameron Wake, Paul Soliai, Jared Odrick, Koa Misi, Chris Clemons, and Reshad Jones.
Jabar Gaffney has not enjoyed playing the Colts. In 11 games he has been on the winning team just once.
The Dolphins rush-D yields just 3.5 yards per carry (no NFL team is better). They average giving up just 82 yards per game (2nd best in NFL).
Indy yields a whopping 137 rushing yards per game. Opposing RBs are getting 4.8 yards per carry vs the Colts rush-D (only 3 teams are currently worse).
In 2012 the Kansas City Chiefs have been a nightmare. In the turnover +/- they are -20. The Colts are the next worst team in the AFC at -10. The Dolphins are -2.
Amazingly the Colts have only created 3 turnovers so far. Crazy small number for entering week 9. Some teams like the Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles give you 3 turnovers in 1 game; to have 3 total all season is extreme futility.
The winner improves to 5-3 and is surely the pleasant surprise of the NFL at the mid-season mark. The loser is not quite devastated as they would still be 4-4 which A) still surpasses expectations..and B) In the AFC 4-4 is hardly ideal, but it is good enough to be legitimately in the playoff mix.
Thank you for reading! I hope you can make Sunday Stats a part of your Sunday mornings as you count down the hours before kick-off…
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