Don’t look now, but the Indianapolis Colts just won their fourth game in a row. If the Texans weren’t on such a tear themselves, Frank Reich could be coaching the first-place team in Week 12.
As it is, the Colts came from out of nowhere to enter the playoff conversation. They are now one of five teams tied at 5-5 looking to capture the second AFC wild-card spot.
Indianapolis can bring that number to four teams by knocking off the Dolphins on Sunday. With an improved offensive line and a game plan that lets quarterback Andrew Luck get rid of the ball quicker, the Colts are legitimately better than recent years or even earlier this season.
Miami could see Ryan Tannehill back behind center this week. Brock Osweiler kept the Dolphins close enough to be a playoff contender, but the return of their starter should help the Dolphins’ confidence.
Coach Adam Gase continues to predict good things for his club. His enthusiasm is infectious and makes Miami a team no one can take lightly week to week.
The coming weeks could decide the future of both Tannehill and Gase in Miami. Beating a fellow wild-card contender would be a good start to a playoff run.
Injuries and notes:
Tannehill practiced all week and has been upgraded to probable. He and the Dolphins coaches would feel much more comfortable if left tackle LaremyTunsil beats his questionable status and lines up on Tannehill’s blindside.
Indianapolis center Ryan Kelly (knee-questionable) is probably the most serious injury for the Colts.
Tight end Eric Swoope (knee) and Ryan Hewitt (ankle) are both questionable; as are safety Malik Hooker (hip) and corner Nate Hairston (ankle).
Frank Reich could push Matt Nagy for rookie coach of the year honors if there was such a reward. Indianapolis is playing better on both sides of the ball each week. But it is Reich’s continuous changes to an offense affected by injuries that have fans excited. Coming off his Super Bowl magic with Nick Foles, Reich could be the best second-choice manager in history.
Adam Gase is hard to take seriously when he says his team can get past the injuries and issues that seem to plague the Dolphins each year. But here they are, in contention for a wild-card spot as he told us they would be. If he feels the pressure to hit his own expectations, it doesn’t show much in interviews or on the sidelines. Other than Davante Parker’s agent, it’s hard to find anyone in Miami who doesn’t appreciate the coach.
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Who will win the Colts-Dolphins game?
Indianapolis is on a serious roll and playing in front of their home fans. Miami’s defense has had some moments this season, but it is hard to see Andrew Luck being slowed enough to matter or for Ryan Tannehill moving the Dolphins offense enough to keep up.