Breaking down the Indy Game

QB Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins recorded a big victory on Sunday with their 24-20 triumph at Indianapolis. It was a big statement from a team that announced itself as a legitimate playoff contender (yes, in Week 2). That was just one of the takeaways from the game.

-- No issue with getting Mike Wallace the ball this week, was there? One catch at Cleveland, nine catches at Indy. The guy is electric and must be involved in a weekly basis. Period.

-- Big kudos to Charles Clay, who had himself a huge day at tight end and also scored his first rushing touchdown for good measure. He isn't Dustin Keller, but he's become an important part of the offense.

-- The running game was much better against the Colts. It wasn't great, mind you, but it was better. And, make no mistake, this will be a pass-oriented offense the whole year. Which is the way it should be in today's NFL.

-- The offensive line continues to be a work in progress. Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times by the Colts, although one of those goes on Tannehill because he stayed in the pocket too long when he couldn't find a receiver. Still, the line needs to get better.

-- Lost in the big days of Wallace and Clay was the work of Brian Hartline. The guy is just a dependable, steady receiver who gets open and also can make a tough catch.

-- Let's not forget about the guy getting them the ball. Tannehill had a very strong performance against the Colts. There's no question he's a better quarterback than he was last season, and that's perhaps the most encouraging development this season for the Dolphins.

-- On defense, the story of the day was the secondary, namely Brent Grimes. Everybody has been raving about the guy for a while now, and Sunday you got an eyeful as to why. Sure, he got beat for a long completion to T.Y. Hilton in the second quarter, but even then he had good coverage on the play. Then, of course, he made the big interception in the fourth quarter when Andrew Luck forced a deep throw.

-- Kudos also to Nolan Carroll, who did good work starting in place of the injured Dimitri Patterson. He was in this same spot last year after Richard Marshall was injured and didn't respond that well. He was very solid on Sunday.

-- It was a pretty quiet game for the Dolphins defensive line, which clearly is the strength of this team. The Dolphins did start having better success getting pressure as the game wore, although bringing Luck down proved very difficult.

-- On the subject of the defensive line, the Dolphins have to be holding their breath about the severity of Paul Soliai's knee injury. Soliai's agent, David Canter, wrote on Twitter that the early word was encouraging but that more would be known on Monday.

-- So the Dolphins find themselves at 2-0, only the second time in the last 10 seasons they've gotten off to that kind of start. The Dolphins are one of five teams in the AFC at 2-0, along with New England, Houston, Denver and Kansas City.

-- The Dolphins are two-fifths of the way through their brutal five-game opening stretch, and so far, so good. After Sunday's game, too, doesn't the upcoming stretch of Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore look maybe a little less intimidating.

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