The Miami Dolphins defy the odds with another impressive road win over the Indianapolis Colts. This 24-20 victory was much more than just a morale booster, as this was a clear assessment as to how the Fins are going to hold up for the rest of the season. The Dolphins went 2-6 on the road last season, so these back-to-back wins in the AFC serve as a huge accomplishment. Ryan Tannehill performed quite well under pressure, throwing for over 319 yards (67% on completions) and a touchdown. One of the primary reasons for the hot start from the Fins was the early involvement of Mike Wallace (whom had seven catches for 70 yards in the first half). The Dolphins took a step forward in terms of their running game, as their starting tailback Lamar Miller finished the game with 69 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The Dolphins’ pass-rush wasn’t nearly as effective as we all assumed it would be, which is rather disappointing considering Luck was sacked 41 times during his rookie season.
The Miami Dolphins will return home undefeated to host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at Sun Life Stadium next Sunday, 9/22.
The Re-Emergence of Mike Wallace: Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was much more involved in the offense, in comparison to his discouraging Week 1 performance (one catch for 15 yards). Tannehill clearly stated Wallace wouldn’t be forced any passes, which certainly raised some eyebrows around the league considering the big money price tag on this lead receiver. Wallace ended up finishing the day with nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Analysis: Some Lamar Miller owners panicked after a disastrous Week 1 against the Browns, but hopefully you kept it cool. It seems that the timeshare between Miller and Daniel Thomas wasn’t as exaggerated as we may have thought, although Miller did lead the Dolphins in rushing attempts against the Colts. This solid Week 2 performance from Lamar Miller was a sign that he has the possibilities of serving as a low-end RB2 from here on out. If you’re still not a believer, then Miller is outstanding trade bait to owners who are experiencing early injuries to their RB2’s (Eddie Lacy, Shane Vareen, etc).
…..The Dolphins finished the game with ZERO penalties…..