The Indianapolis Colts (+105) head further south to face the Miami Dolphins (-125) in Week 4. This early on in the season, the Colts encounter a make-or-break AFC matchup.
While Indy suffered a tough road loss last week at Tennessee, the Colts need to get their offense going this week. Football lines have the Colts as the slight underdog.
Let’s take a closer look at Wentz under center for the Colts vs. Dolphins.
Indianapolis Colts News: Underdog Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
In Week 2, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz had a strong showing against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz completed 20 of 31 passing attempts, throwing for 247 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
The Colts scored 18 points in the second half, and it still wasn’t enough. They lost 27-24 at home to the Rams, with Wentz leaving the game after spraining his ankle.
In Week 3, Wentz had a 51% completion percentage on the road against the Titans. He threw for less than 200 yards without a touchdown. The Colts’ only offensive score came from running back Nyheim Hines, who recently signed a three-year contract extension with the team.
Another bright spot for the Colts comes from wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman caught 14 passes for nearly 200 yards in the last two losses.
If the Colts possess any chance of coming close to the small point spread (+1.5) or winning the game outright, Wentz needs to connect with Pittman in the end zone in Week 4.
Does a Lack of Mobility Hurt Wentz?
During the loss to the Titans, Wentz dealt with two sprained ankles. That hindered his mobility quite a bit. He wasn’t himself.
Wentz told reporters that he remained confident in his ability to heal quickly. So, this Week 4 matchup should provide a good test of his ability to move around the pocket against the Dolphins.
Both defensive units have struggled so far when it comes to stopping their opponents from scoring. After three games, Miami’s defense averages 27 points against while the Colts remain just shy of that number.
On the other side of the ball, Miami averages 15 points per game. With their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa placed on injured reserve, the Colts’ 18-point average per game matches up against a team that scored 29 points last week.
In Week 4, bettors need to remind themselves that this is a challenging game to predict.
Does a lack of mobility hurt Wentz? Absolutely. If the Dolphins start scoring a lot, can the Colts keep up?
I think the over-under total comes as a little low, but we’ll see if Wentz recuperates as the underdog in Miami.
The Indianapolis Colts Need to Win in Miami
For the Colts to keep their playoff hopes alive in 2021, they need to win in Miami. It comes at a perfect time with their opponent’s starting quarterback sidelined.
Wentz knows what to do and how to win big games. I believe he’ll pull through and keep the Colts’ season afloat.
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