The Miami Dolphins can make a huge upset against Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's game. If The Dolphins emerged as victors in the game, they would eliminate Colts from the playoffs. Miami is already eliminated and are playing for nothing but pride.
Here's what you need to know about the Sunday's matchup:
Time and Date: December 28, 1 p.m.
Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Bleacher Report breaks down Miami's keys to winning against Indianapolis. The article stressed that it would be in Miami's best interest to run the ball. Doing that should win the game.
Miami's running back Lamar Miller should get at least 20 carries against the Colts. The player is now only 219 yards away from his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. If Miller can't carry out the task, then Jay Ajayi should step up.
Ajayi finished with 27 yards and a touchdown on six carries against the Chargers. If he can produce those numbers again, it would be a great help for the team.
Sports analysts said the Dolphins should have committed to giving the pair 30 carries at least 10 games ago, but that approach on Sunday could help convince Miller to stay in Miami after the offseason.
As for the other players, the Dolphins will be shorthanded after center Mike Pouncey (left foot) and linebacker Chris McCain (knee) had season-ending injuries.
On another hand, Indianapolis Colts has a veteran quarterback in the form of Matt Hasselbeck. After winning his first four starts while filling in for Andrew Luck, the 40-year-old player has gotten worn down throughout his extended playing time. However, he could still produce solid numbers in the game against the Dolphins.
The Colts had a three-game winning streak after Hasselback threw for 315 yards and a touchdown in 25-12 win against Tampa Bay in Week 12.
In the defensive department, Colts' defense is tough to pass. They are 25th in the league regarding defense, allowing an average of 123.8 yards per game on the ground.
For game prediction, SB Nation said that the game all comes down to the Colts' offense: how productive are they going to be? If they're going to be terrible as they have been in recent weeks, analysts don't see a way the Colts win this one. Moreover, Hasselback can do amazing plays for the team.
Prediction: Colts 23, Dolphins 20