Both the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts are coming off victories in their respective season openers. For Miami, the biggest media story after Game 1 was not the Dolphins' stellar defensive play, but rather the disappointment of wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Since then, Wallace has reported that he was merely mad at himself for his performance and not at the coaching staff for his lack of touches.
Regardless of whether Wallace was frustrated with his play or his lack of touches, quarterback Ryan Tannehill made it a point that the offense would not go out of its way to force the ball to the superstar receiver...even if he was just signed for $60 million.
Tannehill says he won't force football to Mike Wallace: Dolphins receiver was upset after catching just one pass http://t.co/1txaVsqTw0— NationalFootballPost (@FootballPost) September 12, 2013
With such unimportant media hype out of the way, let's get down to serious business.
Okay, but for real now.
In terms of outlook for the Dolphins-Colts matchup, apparently the Dolphins look like the popular pick.
Obviously ESPN analysts are not the end-all. Actually more fans are picking the Colts to take the game in a recent ESPN poll (after 15,000 votes).
The matchup itself is an interesting one, and ESPN's James Walker gave us a Kurkjian-esque stat to chew on going into the game.
On the other side of the coin, in the air game, the Colts secondary will apparently have its hands full with Dolphins wide receivers Wallace and Brian Hartline.
Colts cornerback—and former Dolphins cornerback—Vontae Davis said they'd be a "challenge" to Stephen Holder of IndyStar.com. That's the first time in recent memory I've heard a defense concerned over the Dolphins wideouts, but there's a first time for everything.
Colts owner/CEO Jim Irsay took to the Twittersphere to pump up his team, demanding protection for his quarterback Andrew Luck.
Dolphin/Colts-Make no mistake about it/The Fish CAN and WILL bring the HEAT...We gotta MAN-UP and confront HEAT with a NASA-like Heat-Shield— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 11, 2013