Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins finished off the Indianapolis Colts in a fitting fashion for a team built to rush the quarterback, by sacking Andrew Luck on fourth down.
The sack, Miami’s third of the day, finished off a 24-20 victory for the Dolphins which sent the team’s overall record to 2-0 on the season. The Fins utilized all of the tools they purchased in the offseason to push past Andrew Luck and the Colts.
It prompted a rare moment from head coach Joe Philbin when he told the team, “We’ve got a helluva team in the making,” according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s 319 yards passing, the Fins offense was humming along through most of the game against Indianapolis. Tannehill spread the ball around and hit Mike Wallace nine times for 115 yards and tight end Charles Clay 5 times for 109 yards.
The Fins also finally got the running game on track with Lamar Miller carrying the ball 14 times for 69 yards, or roughly 4.9 yards per carry. Miller gained the most yards running around the left end and running behind right tackle Tyson Clabo and around the right end.
Tannehill enjoyed his greatest success going deep where he was 4-4 for 145 yards when going deep with the football. He also passed well to the right side of the field where he was 10-13 for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins defense picked up three sacks in the game with linebacker Philip Wheeler and lineman Derrick Shelby picking up one sack apiece. Through two games this year, the Dolphins are tied with three other team for the league lead in sacks with nine.
Overall, the Dolphins are giving up 5.1 yards per play, but are giving up 4.6 yards per carry by the opponents. Miami is also allowing just 15 points per game defensively, which ranks the defense third in the league. In addition, opponents are turning the ball over to Miami on roughly 10 percent of their drives.
The Dolphins are now 2-0 on the young season, but business is about to pick up for the Fins as they return home to Sun Life Stadium. The Fins will play the Atlanta Falcons at home, travel to New Orleans to play the Saints, and then come back home to play the Baltimore Ravens before the bye week.
If Miami can win 1-2 games over the next three and get to the bye week with a winning record; Fins fans may be able to start talk about something they haven’t seen since 2008, the playoffs.