The Indianapolis Colts are off the schneid after a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins, who have lost three straight after opening the season with a win. Carson Wentz finally got his first win as the Colts' starting quarterback, going 24-for-32 for 228 yards and a couple touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor paced the Colts with 103 yards on only 16 carries.
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The Dolphins could not get anything going down the field with only 35 total rushing yards on 2.2 yards per carry. Miami has the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers next, while the Colts have a Monday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
Wentz had a nice day even when pressured, completing 8-of-9 passes even though he was sacked twice. When kept clean, he moved the ball efficiently, throwing for 7.8 yards per attempt and finishing with a 121.0 quarterback rating.
Taylor racked up 66% of his yard after contact, and a quarter of his rushes gained a first down or touchdown. Taylor also caught all three of his targets for 11 yards.
Michael Pittman was the main target for Wentz with six catches on eight targets for 59 yards. The most efficient receiver for the Colts was tight end Mo Alie-Cox who caught three passes for 42 and a pair of touchdowns on only 16 pass-catching snaps.
DeForest Buckner led the line with three pressures, but Kemoko Turay tallied the two sacks for the Colts. Isaac Rochell was a monster off the bench in the run game with three defensive stops on only four run-defense snaps.
Jacoby Brissett had a rough outing with four turnover-worthy throws even though none ended up being intercepted. His box score stats — 20-for-30 for 199 yards a two touchdowns — don’t really capture his game.
The Dolphins could not get anything going on the ground. Malcolm Brown was the team's leading rusher with just 23 yards on eight carries. The Dolphins didn’t have a handoff that went for a first down the whole game.
DeVante Parker was targeted the most on the team with nine. He caught four for 77 yards. Parker, alongside Mike Gesicki, were the only team pass-catchers with over 2.0 yards per route run. Parker was at 2.41 and Gesicki at 2.19.
Dolphins running backs ran continuously into a brick wall. They were contacted on average -0.2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. In pass protection, Austin Jackson was the weak link, allowing five pressures.
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