Having played all of their games in a one-score window in both directions, the Indianapolis Colts look to stay in the thick of the AFC South race Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
All eight games the Colts (5-3) have played have been decided by seven points or less as they enter this contest one-half game behind the Houston Texans for the AFC South lead and in possession of the conference’s second wild-card spot. Indianapolis fell behind Houston following its 26-24 defeat at Pittsburgh last Sunday after Adam Vinatieri shanked a potential go-ahead, 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:11 to play.
It has been a rollercoaster season for the 46-year-old kicker, who is also the NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,648 points. Vinatieri has missed five field goals and five extra points. He had missed just 18 PATs over his previous 23 seasons heading into 2019.
Those ups and downs have not been restricted to the kicker, as the Colts are also hopeful starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett will be under center. Brissett — who became the starter after Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement in the preseason — was forced to exit last Sunday’s game with a sprained MCL suffered in the first half, and Brian Hoyer threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns in relief.
Brissett, who already has a career-high 14 TD passes to go with 1,649 yards, practiced both Wednesday and Thursday to raise hopes he will be able to play in this contest.
The Dolphins (1-7) have done little in the way of raising hopes this year, but they will not go winless in 2019. They finally gave first-year coach Brian Flores his maiden NFL victory, rallying past the New York Jets, 26-18, last Sunday in a battle of hapless AFC East rivals.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three second quarter touchdown passes against one of his former teams and finished 24-of-36 for 288 yards without an interception. Rookie wide receiver Preston Williams had two of the scoring receptions and finished with five catches for 72 yards, continuing to be one of the few bright spots on a rebuilding team.
Williams, an undrafted free agent, has 32 catches for 428 yards and three TDs, while Davante Parker, who grabbed the other touchdown throw, has contributed 30 receptions for 400 yards and a team-best four scores. Miami is looking to win consecutive games for the first time since knocking off Buffalo and New England in Weeks 13 and 14 last season.