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The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots are coming off a tough loss to the Buffalo Bills, but it was hardly a crushing one for both teams.

The Colts and Patriots were just two games back of the Miami Dolphins, and while the Dolphins had a better record than the Colts, they were only a half game back of a third-place Cleveland Browns team that lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. 

The Dolphins lost a tough battle with a talented offense, but they had a very tough time with the defense.

The Dolphins allowed 10 rushing touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the NFL and the most in the AFC South. 

There’s still a lot of work to be done before the Colts and Pats can compete with the NFL’s top teams, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a great test for the Colts this week. 

It’s still possible that the Dolphins could take a step forward in this matchup.

The Indianapolis offense was able to get up and down the field, but the defense was unable to stop any of the Bills’ explosive plays. 

I’m not going to write about the defense because I don’t think they are a good defense, but there’s definitely a lot to like about their performance against the Bills. 

They’ve allowed the fewest passing yards and rushing yards since Week 2, and they gave up only one touchdown on 30 carries. 

But their defense struggled mightily in their Week 2 loss to Tennessee. 

While the Bills didn’t have a lot going for them in Week 2 — only one interception and zero sacks — their offense managed just two rushing touchdowns and three total touchdowns. 

When the Dolphins defense struggled last week, they weren’t just down by a couple touchdowns.

They also allowed an average of 4.5 yards per carry on a season-high 109 carries.

This week, their running game will need to be more efficient to stop the Bills, who have already run for over 300 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

But the Dolphins are still a solid unit to watch for, and their defense will be a concern for the Patriots.