Miami vs Indianapolis prediction, game preview, how to watch: Sunday, October 3
Miami vs Indianapolis How To Watch
Date: Sunday, October 3
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Indianapolis (0-3), Miami (1-2)
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Indianapolis vs Miami Game Preview
Why Indianapolis Will Win
Eventually the Jonathan Taylor experience will start to work.
There might be injury issues – losing Quenton Nelson up front is a killer – but Taylor has been fine when he’s getting his chances. He averaged over six yards per carry against Tennessee, but he only ran ten times.
The Colts have to start establishing the run and keep things simple. Las Vegas was able to pound away for 140 yards on the Dolphins in last week’s 31-28 overtime win.
Miami isn’t doing much down the field with Jacoby Brissett in – a bulk of the 215 passing yards came in desperate times late – and the Colts have to take advantage of the relative break. They’re having issues on the ground – Derrick Henry has a way of doing that – but the Dolphins aren’t going to take over with their backs.
Why Miami Will Win
The defense should be able to keep the middling Colt attack under wraps.
Indianapolis played well enough in the loss to the Rams, but this isn’t a high-octane attack that’s going to start stretching the field like Derek Carr and the Raiders were able to do.
The offense isn’t going to do anything amazing, so in this, just keep the chains moving however possible – Brissett needs to take off a bit more – grind down the clock, and make the Colts press. As long as the run defense can hold up, and if the takeaways continue – six in the first three games – the Dolphins should be okay at home.
What’s Going To Happen
There won’t be anything pretty about this.
Indianapolis has to run for at least 140 yards on a Dolphin defense that should be better than it showed against the Raiders.
Neither team will get much going with the passing game, but the Dolphins will convert on enough field goals in the second half to keep nickel and diming their way to the lead.
Indianapolis vs Miami Prediction, Line
Miami 22, Indianapolis 17
Line: Miami -2.5, o/u: 42.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
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Must See Rating: 3
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