INDIANAPOLIS – Last year much was made about the match-up of 2012 first-round quarterbacks when the Miami Dolphins hit the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts.
Back in early November last season,
Both teams entered that match-up at Lucas Oil Stadium sitting at 4-3 but following that week, the Colts would go on to win seven of their final nine games in earning a playoff berth.
Now in 2013, Luck vs. Tannehill takes a backseat to a pair of AFC teams that have high hopes for a trip to the playoffs.
Miami is coming off a 23-10 season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The Dolphins will be back on the road this weekend and they will bring an attacking defense with them to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Against the Browns, Miami picked off Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden three times.
Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake led the unit with 2.5 sacks as Miami piled up six sacks of Weeden on the afternoon.
Miami carried a 13-10 lead midway through the fourth quarterback before sealing the victory with 10 points in the game’s final 6:48.
Tannehill was 24-of-38 for 272 yards but was sacked four times.
Miami’s rushing output on Sunday was the league’s worst in Week One with 20 carries for just 23 yards.
Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline had nine catches for 114 yards, including a 34-yard third-quarter touchdown which gave Miami a lead it would not relinquish.
During the 2013 offseason, the Dolphins were very active with perhaps their biggest splash coming with wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Wallace, a former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, had just one catch for 15 yards on Sunday afternoon.
2013 Record: 1-0, Tied for 1st in the AFC East.
Head Coach: Joe Philbin, 2nd season as Dolphins head coach and second NFL season as head coach (8-9 overall regular season).
2013 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 25th (275.0); Rushing, 32nd (20.0); Passing, 16th (255.0) Defense – Overall, 10th (291.0); Rushing, 3rd (47.0); Passing, 15th (244.0).
2013 Leading Passer Ryan Tannehill (24-38 comp., 272 yards, 63.2 pct., 1 TD, 1 INT).
2013 Leading Rusher: Daniel Thomas (8 carries, 14 yards, 1 TD).
2013 Leading Receiver: Brian Hartline (9 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD).
2013 Leading Sacker: Cameron Wake (2.5).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 2 (2nd).
2013 NFL Draft Results: The Dolphins traded a second-round pick to move up nine spots in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In doing so, Miami selected Dion Jordan and hope he develops into an elite pass rusher. Jordan had a sack in the Dolphins Week One victory over the Cleveland Browns. In the second round, the Dolphins stayed on the defensive side of the ball and selected Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor. In the third round, Miami chose versatile offensive lineman Dallas Thomas out of Tennessee. The Dolphins then selected another cornerback in Will Davis with their final pick in the third round.
2012 Review: With new coach Joe Philbin at the helm, the Dolphins had their ups-and-downs throughout the entire 2012 campaign. Miami was 4-3 heading into the month of November but losses in five of their next six games ended any hope for the playoffs. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill established himself as the quarterback of the future and defensive end Cameron Wake continued to be among the league’s top pass rushers.
Last time in Playoffs: 2008 season. Lost to the Baltimore Ravens 27-9 in the AFC Wild Card Round.
Last time in Super Bowl: 1985. Lost Super Bowl XIX to the San Francisco 49ers.
Super Bowl Championships: Two. Super Bowl VII: 14-7 over the Washington Redskins. Super Bowl VIII: 24-7 over the Minnesota Vikings.
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: LS-John Denney, G-Richie Incognito, DT-Randy Starks, DE-Cameron Wake.