Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts: Who won the key matchups?

09/16/2013 12:01 AM

09/08/2014 6:51 PM

Dolphins defense inside the 35

vs. Colts offense inside the 35

Tannehill-to-Wallace

vs. Colts secondary

Dolphins running game

vs. Colts run defense

Dolphins defense inside the 35

vs. Colts offense inside the 35

•  Winner: Dolphins.
•  Impact: The actual red zone numbers say enough with the Colts going only 2 for 4. But you can add the first drive of the game, when the Colts had second-and-1 from the Dolphins 34 and got no points when a field-goal attempt banged an upright; the first Colts drive of the second half, when they got only a field goal after recovering a fumble at the Dolphins 39; and the last Indy drive of the game, when the Colts got to the Dolphins’ 23 and no farther with the game on the line.

Tannehill-to-Wallace

vs. Colts secondary

•  Winner: Dolphins.
•  Impact: Indianapolis had to know after last week that the Dolphins would get wide receiver Mike Wallace involved early. It didn’t matter as the Dolphins figured out you can throw to Wallace off patterns of other length than “long.” Ryan Tannehill hit Wallace short, medium, medium-long and wide receiver-screen. On the Dolphins’ two most important scoring drives, the first and last, Wallace accounted for 90 yards and a touchdown on five catches.

Dolphins running game

vs. Colts run defense

•  Winner: Dolphins
•  Impact: The Horseshoe Helmets’ pass rush got to Tannehill enough as it was, causing five sacks and three fumbles. Imagine how much worse it would’ve been had the Dolphins not found the running game they lost on the way to the season opener in Cleveland like luggage. Lamar Miller averaged a smidge under 5.0 yards per carry with 69 yards on 14 carries and had a 10-yard touchdown run. Daniel Thomas’ running was better pass protection than his pass blocking.

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