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Live blog of statement game Dolphins vs. Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- Statement game. But tough game.

On defense, there is reason to worry about the Dolphins vers the Colts today. That's the cornerback spot. Yes, Dimitri Patterson is active and playing. But he's nursing a groin injury and was limited in practice all week long and will only play vs the slot receiver.

That means Nolan Carroll will start at cornerback. Ouch! Yes, the Dolphins have confidence in Carroll. I don't. Sorry.

Patterson, meanwhile, has shown himself somewhat fragile in his time with the Dolphins -- getting hurt in his one game with Miami last year and getting hurt in his first game this year.

If Patterson can avoid re-injury, great. All good.

If, however, he tweaks the injury, you will see Jimmy Wilson against T.Y. Hilton in the slot. Not a good matchup for Miami.

As I wrote in my column in The Herald today, this game between the Dolphins and Colts will be a statement about the 2013 Dolphins. They win today and they are squarely and rightly considered playoffs contenders and even AFC East contenders.

How else to describe it after winning on the road, against a good quarterback leading a playoff team from a year ago?

Lose, however, and it'll look a lot like the Dolphins of the past few years.

In other issues, this is a big game for Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Neither had a particularly stellar preseason. Neither was very good last week in the regular season opener. One of them needs to show up today because if they don't, I won't be surprised if the Dolphins' personnel department starts looking elsewhere for help.

Beenie Wells, Willis McGahee, Michael Turner and Cedric Benson are out there and the trade deadline is next month.

The inactives today are: Pat Devlin, Danny Watkins, Dallas Thomas, Jamar Taylor Mike Gillislee, JoshKaddu, Danny Watkins and Will Davis.

Jared Odrick will continue to start at defensive tackle over Randy Starks. As he did last week.

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Pass Rush stay in the hotel?

Defense is gassed because the offense has only held the ball 4 minutes

We're playing against Andrew Luck...not gonna shut him out. We just got to answer and win the turnover battle.

need some blitzes

if they go 3 and out it will be a long game

Rick is right.......aint gonna be easy against the top QBs

Nice catch by hartline!!!

Hartline=hands of glue

Hartline is the best receiver in this Dolphins

nice if both sides could show up at the same time

awesome D.... not like the suck fish!!!

coco is right.....these commentators are all over Indy

Clabo eat pastrami today

There goes that pathetic pass blocking again.

t hill lucky not to get hurt on that sack!!!!

Momentum has shifted

Bad execution....set up 2 in the backfield to protect THILL and neither one hits anyone. Bad!!

great the ST is really kicking it in, nice to see the sucking is team wide.... thats great coaching from FAILbin... 17 - 14 coming up

Defense has to step up

That was a punt?

guppies , go hang yourself!!!!

hit hard to Luck and all we see how his game change

do the fish have a D outside of what is on paper??

Terrible play calling. Running game has been working, yet we 7 straight passing plays. Idiotic play calling

Guys, if we're going to get into a shootout with Luck today we're going to lose, this isn't how you beat him. I don't believe that was the game plan today. The defence needs to get in Luck's face more and the secondary needs to not play like sieves.

FO failures: Not resigning Bush. Not signing willing Leach. Ignoring Eric Winston. Alarming % of players who oft injured.

Wheeler....nice.....blitz/pressure.....good stuff

ditto CM

do the fish have a D outside of what is on paper??

Posted by: Guppies | September 15, 2013 at 01:56 PM

How about that Guppies? Was that good D?

I told you guys if the defense don't carry this team today we lose...luck is killing them so far... No pressure no sacks! OL of Miami starting to fall apart.

Nice play by wheeler!!!

Hopefully we at least try to run the football. Keep them honest

This is going to be a good game.

Finally a defensive stop.

Yeah benz, what a bunch of biased commentators.

even if there was a flag the colts have come to play.. unlike the fish. maybe FAILbin shoud give then Friday and Saturday off too

Keep with the run....then play action for passing. Don't abandon the run like Sherman did last drive.

Dashi,

This game is shaping up to be an NFL Replay game.

Sherman is a bad OC -in Green Bay, Texas A&M and now here, his calling play let every body with the mouth bitter

gotta be pedal on the gas all day.....offense.....defensive pressure.....gotta take a few risks--cant beat Luck by laying back

There you go

hartline might have the best hands on the team

Guppies, does your mom kmow you're playing with her computer?

Its about stopping third down play of the Colts. And establish a running game.
Or the defense will wear out in the 4th. Plus Sherman play calling is being predictable again

geez, this commentator is making me sick.....calling an incomplete pass like its a key play in the Super Bowl....chill dude

gotta hold on to that clay. that's your second drop today

clay, made that move to obvious with how he did that shuffle

Sherman again stupid play calling.

Dbmfins,

It looks more interesting then some of the other games being played for sure.

Who here still wants J.Fisher. or thinks he is a good coach.

You no put pressure you loosi it.

Keep em pinned down here. Go dddddddddd

Is it too late to trade Jordan for Eibel?

Still can't cover tight ends

No doubt about it , Hartline has had the best hands on team since he has been here.

The dolphins are running the ball well, they need to continue to feed Miller the ball to slow down the colts' pass rush and to keep the ball away from Luck.

WOW, what a retort cocoablow, does your mom know what you are playing with??

why dont we put those "top 10 Defenses" comments on ice for a few weeks, ok?

Hope Coyle has a good halftime seech

Clemons need to be upgraded next season. He didn't even look at the ball. He could've had another pick.

speech

grimes almost had it!!!!!great play still!!!!

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