Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Miami
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The Miami Dolphins have defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-20 in a nail-biter in Indianapolis. Miami now moves to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2010. 

Check out the final grades and analysis below. 

Miami Dolphins game Grades
Positional Unit 1st Half Grades Game Grades
Pass Offense A A
Rush Offense A A-
Rush Defense C C-
Pass Defense D C+
Special Teams B A
Coaching B- A-

Miami Dolphins Week 2 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Game analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: There's not a single bad thing I can say about the pass offense. Tannehill distributed the ball well, didn't make horrible mistakes (I pin that fumble on the o-line), and played like a franchise quarterback, passing for 319 yards and a touchdown with a QB rating of 107.4. 

Run Offense: My only issue with the running game was it wasn't used enough (only 23 runs compared to 34 passes). When it was used, it was effective, gaining 101 yards on the day.  

Run Defense: The Dolphins' run defense shut down Cleveland's running game last week. This week, the Colts' offense did well, rushing for 133 yards. 

Pass Defense: Looking at the numbers alone, they weren't that good as Luck passed for 321 yards and one touchdown. However when it counted, they showed up and got two key fourth-quarter stops. 

Special Teams: Caleb Sturgis is awesome. There's not much more to say. Overall, much better special teams performance in the second half. 

Coaching: Joe Philbin did a tremendously great job coaching this team. They were disciplined, as they did not commit a single penalty in this game. The gripe: Mike Sherman's first-half play-calling. He did well in the second half though. 

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The Dolphins' run defense was lacking against the Colts

First-half analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: Miami's passing offense got off to a great start in the first half, thanks to a great drive where Ryan Tannehill found Mike Wallace three times for 43 yards and a touchdown to start the game. So far, so good for Tannehill. 

Run Offense: Miami's running game has been much better today, with Lamar Miller already surpassing the entire team's production from last week with 34 yards on just six carries. 

Run Defense: I'm not liking the fact that the Colts have already rushed for 74 yards in one half. This team should not have a better running game than the Browns

Pass Defense: I'd like to see a better pass rush, but when that appears, Andrew Luck kills you another way. Still, more pressure is needed on him and a few sacks would help. 

Special Teams: That Brandon Fields punt was a rare miscue. As for Caleb Sturgis, he's been just incredible.

Coaching: Mike Sherman is terrible. I have no idea what he was thinking on that 3rd-and-1 play call at the end of the second quarter. It probably swung the game in favor of the Colts. Other than that the Dolphins have been very well coached and disciplined in this game. The only real issue is with some of Sherman's play-calling. 

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