Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Phillip Wheeler (52) reacts to making a defensive play against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Show Strong Offensive Performance in 24-20 Victory Over Colts

Since the 2010 season, the Miami Dolphins have not succeeded to 2-0, but on Sunday, that all changed after an impressive 24-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

In last year’s contest, the Dolphins were stunned by the Colts with — at the time — rookie quarterback Andrew Luck leading his team to victory, but on Sunday, it was Ryan Tannehill’s time for glory.

Tannehill flashed his progression after completing 23 of his 34 attempts while throwing for 319 yards and reaching the end zone. Surrounded by immense talent, the second-year quarterback showed how dynamic he can be with his receivers against a vulnerable Colts secondary.

Mike Wallace, who was disappointed in only having five targets against the Cleveland Browns last week, showed that the $60 million contract was money well spent as he posted nine receptions for 115 yards and a score. Another weapon, tight end Charles Clay, presented versatility in the backfield carrying for a one-yard touchdown and recording five catches for 109 yards.

The running game, which was irrelevant in last week’s 23-10 victory, showed life as Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas posted 22 carries for 99 yards combined.

Wallace wasn’t the only well-spent acquisition of the offseason. With under nine minutes in the fourth quarter, cornerback Brent Grimes came up a masterful interception in the end zone displayingme, which was irrelevant in last week’s 23-10 victory, showed life as Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas posted 22 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown combined.

Switching sides, Dolphins defense allowed Luck to run out of the pocket and find a way to make nothing into something. But this year, Miami’s front seven (without 2011 Pro Bowl defensive tackle Paul Soliai) stopped the Colts from making another extraordinary comeback.

Miami displayed a total team effort against a tough Colts team Sunday. Joe Philbin’s team will host the Atlanta Falcons in their home opener next Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

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  • Mark Doyle

    The BIG question, How is Paul Soliai?

    • Mark Loiselle

      He has a knee injury. No word on how serious it is.

  • tpl

    It was a great win, but the Fins still have a way to go. 5 sacks of tannehill. But the play of Clay was a bright spot. Hopefully, Davis and Taylor will be healthy this week and available for the game with Atlanta. And Wallace showed why Miami signed him. I wonder if Philbin has a plan to use Clay at RB late in games to pound the ball?

  • Cid Fernandez

    A couple of the sacks were Tannehill’s fault. All in all it was a great win.Still need to fine the killer instinct. They had a chance to shut the door on the Colts and they didn’t. Defense is still having problems wrapping up. I get that Luck is a huge QB but you gotta get bring the boy down. 2-0 is a great step forward but the next couple weeks will be challenging.

    • Mark Loiselle

      Next week especially.