Week 2: Miami Dolphins v Indianapolis Colts Preview and Predictions

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This week sees Ryan Tannehill pitted up against fellow second-year quarterback Andrew Luck. Who will come out on top? Lets find out.

Week 1 saw one of Ryan Tannehill's college rivals, Brandon Weeden, put to the sword.  But how will Tannehill fare against a resurgent Colts team led by Andrew Luck?

Lets focus on the positives.  One of the big things going against the Colts right now is their defense.  In particular, their defense really struggled against the Oakland Raiders last week.  Terrelle Pryor rushed for 112 yards and 13 carries.  And YES, he is a quarterback.  Expect Lamar Miller to have a better time against the Colts this weekend.

But that's not the only thing going against the Colts this year.  Indianapolis struggled in their first game with their pass rush.  Robert Mathis is their main pass-rushing threat.  That's all well and good, but Mathis was in his peak four years ago, not now.  This is good news for Miami's offensive line.  They should have an easier time this week.  And if they don't?  Let's put it this way: we're in big trouble for the rest of the season.

So what else is in Miami's favor?  The big one is that the Colts' offensive line may be worse than Miami's.  In week one, Andrew Luck had to withstand eight hits, and he got sacked four of those times.  This is a key area of the game on Sunday.  We need to maintain pressure on Luck.  If we don't, our secondary will struggle agiainst Reggie Wayne, Darius Heyward-Bey and the ever elusive T.Y. Hilton.  Don't let Luck escape the pocket.

Final Predictions:

Not many quarterbacks scare me, but Andrew Luck is one of them.  His ability to throw pinpoint passes and evade the pocket even though he has a porous offensive line is evidence that he will probably become one of the all-time greats at his position.  He alone is why the Dolphins may lose this game.  This game is going to be a close one, but I feel that our defense will help carry us over the line.  Expect Lamar Miller and Mike Wallace to have better games too.

Final Score:

Miami Dolphins 28 Indianapolis Colts 27

Andrew Luck will keep the Colts in the game, but I feel that Miami's stout defense and an improved offense from week 1 may just carry them over the line.

What do you think? We'd like to hear your thoughts.  And please vote in the poll below.  Go Dolphins!

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