NFL Nation: 2013 Week 2 MIA at IND Rapid Reaction
September, 15, 2013
By James Walker | ESPN.com
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.
September, 15, 2013
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Some quick thoughts on the Miami Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts from Lucas Oil Stadium.
What it means: It was no secret that Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace would get a fair share of balls thrown his way after he complained last week then tried to clear it up the next day. Wallace was effective all game, but his best catch led to the game-winning score for the Dolphins. Colts cornerback Greg Toler fell for Wallace’s fake, then tried -- and failed -- to grab the Dolphins receiver as he ran by him. Wallace made the 34-yard catch at the Colts' 1-yard line. Dolphins fullback Charles Clay ran it in on the next play to give Miami a 24-20 lead. Wallace finished with nine catches for 115 yards.
Stock watch: The Colts were on their way, driving down for possibly the go-ahead score when quarterback Andrew Luck tried to force the ball to receiver Reggie Wayne in the end zone. Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes stepped in front of the pass for the interception. The ball shouldn’t have even been thrown by Luck. He was trying to make something out of nothing on the play. The interception snapped a streak of 164 passes without a pick for Luck. The streak was the sixth longest in franchise history. The Colts shot themselves in the foot most of the game. Luck had completed a touchdown pass to tight Coby Fleener in the third quarter. That’s what the Colts thought, at least. The touchdown was voided because the Colts were called for an illegal shift. They ended up having to settle for a field goal.
Taking a hit with injuries: Colts starting left guard Donald Thomas had to be carted off with a right knee injury. Hugh Thornton replaced him in the lineup. Then starting receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game and didn’t return because of a rib injury.
What’s next: The Colts play their first road game of the season when they travel to San Francisco to take on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' read-option offense next Sunday.
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