Sunday, September 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 24, Colts 20
By James Walker
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Miami Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means for Dolphins: The Dolphins picked up two important road wins in the AFC in back-to-back weeks. That is quite an accomplishment, considering Miami went 2-6 on the road last year. The Dolphins already matched their road win total from last season. This was also an important showcase for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill (319 yards, one touchdown), who beat draft-mate Andrew Luck (321 yards, one touchdown, one interception) to get the win. Luck beat Tannehill and the Dolphins last season.
Stock Watch: Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was much more involved in the offense. He had a big game, catching nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Seven of his receptions came in the first half. Last week, Wallace had just one catch for 15 yards. In terms of stock down, Miami’s pass rush wasn’t as dominant as expected against Indianapolis’ patchwork offensive line. But the Dolphins' defense sacked Luck three times, including a crucial sack on the final defensive play of the game in the fourth quarter.
Running game improved: The Dolphins had an ugly stat line in Week 1. Miami rushed for 20 yards on 23 carries, which put the Dolphins dead last in the NFL. The Dolphins worked on their running game all week and showed improvement Sunday against the Colts. Miami rushed for 102 yards on 26 carries. Dolphins starting tailback Lamar Miller also contributed a 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Miami tweaked its zone-blocking scheme to more of a grinding, plowing attack, which better fits its offensive line. Fullback Tyler Clutts also got more playing time and made some decent blocks. Tight end/fullback Charles Clay also ran in a touchdown.
What’s next: After opening the season with a pair of road games, the Dolphins (2-0) will return home to face the Atlanta Falcons (1-1). Atlanta won its Week 2 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, and some feel the Falcons are a Super Bowl contender.