In fact, they could have done without the Colts this season as well after realignment was introduced, but the teams were matched up after both finishing second last season (using the new divisional alignment as a barometer.
"I thought we had seen the last of the Colts, the RCA Dome and Peyton Manning and Co.," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "This is obviously a huge challenge for us, no question about that. Our team has a lot of respect for them."
What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Colts matchup.
WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-0) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1-0)
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: CBS (play-by-play, Ian Eagle; analysis, Solomon Wilcots)
COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Colts, Tony Dungy (1st year)
SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 43-21
LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 41, Colts 6; 2001 at Indianapolis, Dolphins 27, Colts 24; 2000 playoffs at Miami, Dolphins 23, Colts 17 (OT); 2000 at Miami, Colts 20, Dolphins 13; 2000 at Indianapolis, Dolphins 17, Colts 14
INJURIES: Dolphins — TE Desmond Clark (forearm) is out; DE David Bowens (hand), CB Omare Lowe (ankle), CB Sam Madison (ankle) and S Scott McGarrahan (safety) are questionable; LB Scott Galyon (thumb) and T Todd Wade (ankle) are probable.
Colts — DT James Cannida (knee), FB Jim Finn (foot), RB Shyrone Stith (knee) and DT Josh Williams (foot) are out; TE Marcus Pollard (chest) is doubtful; S Brian Leigeb (shoulder), LB Mike Peterson (knee) and QB Cory Sauter (foot) are probable.