The Miami Dolphins heard from the doubters before week 1. Surprisingly, very few people picked the Dolphins to beat the Browns on Opening Weekend. Then, after a 13 point victory, the Dolphins headed to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and Andrew Luck. Again, few people gave them much of a chance, playing the 2nd road game in a row against a playoff team from 2012. The Dolphins….had other plans. The Dolphins walked into Indy and fought for 60 minutes. The Dolphins got a good day out of their franchise QB and his new wide receiving weapon. Perhaps more importantly, they got a pretty good day out of their defense. The Dolphins defense held the Colts offense to 20 points and held up late when Luck was trying to work his magic.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 14-3 lead early in the game, but the Colts fought back. The Colts would actually take a 20-17 lead before Ryan Tannehill lead the Dolphins down the field. That go-ahead touchdown drive was capped off by a 1 yard run by Charles Clay. The Colts would get the ball back twice. On the first drive, the Colts moved into Dolphins territory before Brent Grimes picked off Andrew Luck in the end zone. Then, on the final Colts drive of the game, the Dolphins allowed the Colts to get down to their 23 yard line. the Dolphins defense toughened and ended the drive on 4th down with a sack of Luck. If you want to see highlights from the game, click here. If you want to see Coach Philbin’s post game speech, click here.
What I liked
– Ryan Tannehill – How can you not like what Ryan Tannehill has done already this season. Yes, there were some fumbling issues. BUT, Tannehill went throw for throw with Andrew Luck. He posted a 300 yard passing game, had a TD and didn’t throw an INT. He finished the day with a passer rating over 107. Through 2 games, he has a passer rating of 94, which is about a 20 point improvement from last year. If Tannehill continues to lead the offense, despite getting sacked 5 times, this team has a legit chance at making the playoffs.
– Dolphins Defense – The Dolphins defense allowed Andrew Luck to throw for over 300 and rush for 133 yards as a team. However, they stiffened up when it mattered most. In so many years past, we’ve seen the Dolphins defense fade late in the game, only to watch the opposing team take the lead late and emerge victorious. Yesterday, with an extremely thin secondary, the Dolphins managed to hold the Colts to just 20 points. Even more, the Dolphins allowed the Colts to score only 3 points in the second half of the game. Great halftime adjustments by the coaching staff.
– Mike Wallace - After sulking because he only contributed 1 catch last week, Mike Wallace was involved early and often in the Dolphins game plan against the Colts. On the Dolphins first drive, he caught 3 balls and the touchdown pass. On the day, Wallace had 9 catches for 115 yards and a TD. Great bounce back performance by the Dolphins $60 million man.