By Omar Kelly
8:55 AM EDT, September 13, 2013
I've thoroughly broken down Sunday's Dolphins-Colts game, analyzing every angle of this matchup between the two biggest free agent spenders this past offseason, and I'm convinced the Dolphins can begin the season 2-0.
There are very few matchups the Dolphins should be concerned about (Robert Mathis vs. Tyson Clabo is a wildcard), and the Colts will be attacked in their Achilles heel. As Colts owner Jim Irsay points out, the Dolphins will be bringing "the Heat" to Andrew Luck, and I don't think Indianapolis will be able to protect him.
You can check out more of my views on Dolphins issues, and this Sunday's matchup against the Colts by watching this week's installment of X's and Omar.
Here is a look at this week's Dolphins-Colts matchups.
Matchup that should concern:
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton vs. CB Nolan Carroll and FS Jimmy Wilson: The Colts didn't use Hilton, a former FIU standout, properly in the season opener. He only played 26 snaps and caught three passes. The Colts will try to get him more involved, and lined up against Miami's slower cornerbacks. Carroll held his own against Travis Benjamin, pulling down an interception against the Browns speedy receiver. Carroll's performance has him rated the NFL's eighth best cornerback by ProFootballFocus.com after week one. Because Dimitri Patterson is battling a groin injury the Dolphins might need Wilson, a safety, to man the nickel spot. That could be problematic against a receiver like Hilton, who runs a 4.3 40-time.
Matchup to exploit:
Colts C Samson Satele vs. DT Paul Soliai: It is interesting how the tide turned in this matchup. Back in 2007, their rookie season with the Dolphins, Satele was the immediate starter, the stud of that disappointing draft class. Soliai was a huge disappointment who could barely get on the field back then. Fast forward to 2013 and this is a mismatch that heavily favors the Dolphins. Soliai has owned Satele in their previous two meetings (last year vs the Colts, and 2011 vs. the Raiders). The Colts had pass protection issues in the season-opener againnst Oakland and the Dolphins should be able to at least match the four sacks the Raiders put up. While left tackle Anthony Costanzo, who allowed one sack and five quarterback hurries last week, is the real weak link of Indianapolis' offensive line, Soliai should be able to contain the Colts rushing attack by man-handling Satele.
As favorable as these matchup are to the Dolphins, the truth is this game will likely come down to the fourth quarter play of both quarterbacks.
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