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Dolphins at Colts flexed to late afternoon

The Indianapolis Colts’ meeting with the Miami Dolphins will now get a larger audience, according to the NFL.

On Thursday, the NFL announced a scheduling change for Week 12 on Nov. 25, as the Dolphins at Colts game, which was originally scheduled for 1 PM ET on CBS, will move to 4:25 PM ET on CBS.

The move is a curious one, as there are several divisional games taking place in Week 12, such as the New England Patriots at the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns at the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Colts have won their last two matchups over the Buffalo Bills and and Oakland Raiders, but will have to go through two divisional opponents in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans before their matchup with the Dolphins.

The Dolphins just got their first win in three games last week over the New York Jets. Sam Darnold‘s four interceptions attributed to Miami’s victory, in what was a very sloppy game. By Week 12, the Dolphins may have starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back, who hasn’t played since Week 5. He’s been dealing with a shoulder injury, an ailment that has been shrouded in mystery over the past couple of weeks.

Coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins were actually fined for being less-than-truthful about the status of Tannehill going into Week 6. Their starting quarterback was listed as a full participant in practice, but was not taking all of the first-team snaps due to an injury. The NFL launched an investigation into the situation and found the club guilty of breaking the league’s injury report policy.

This matchup with Miami could end up being a big one for Indianapolis. It’s possible that the Colts could be riding a four-game winning streak coming into Week 12, and could have a chance to extend it to five, putting up strong performances at the back end of the schedule after starting 3-5.

Similarly, Miami could be riding a wave of momentum into Indianapolis. The Dolphins have a big road matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but have a bye the week before their matchup with the Colts.  

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