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.