A furious fourth quarter comeback allowed the Colts to extend their winning streak to five games. The return of Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was not enough as the Colts defeated the Dolphins, 27-24. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:
Colts passing game
The Colts passing game has powered their five-game winning streak. Despite not having injured starting center Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis kept on humming offensively. Rookie guards Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith are athletic and nasty. Smith could be seen paving the way on a bubble screen on third down for T.Y. Hilton 25 yards down the field. The front five cares about their quarterback, multiple linemen sprinted after the play to see if quarterback Andrew Luck was fine after a late hit from Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso. Luck has benefited from the improved offensive line play, throwing for 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. He has also been sacked just 11 times, which is tied for a league low.
After missing five weeks of action, Tannehill returned on Sunday and gave the Dolphins consistent play at quarterback against the Colts. It had been three games since the Dolphins had thrown a passing touchdown but Tannehill threw a pair of first half touchdowns to keep Miami tied at half. For the game, Tannehill finished with two touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 17-of-25 passes. The former Texas A&M quarterback is an upgrade over Brock Osweiler, who started in his absence, but that may not be enough to keep his starting job going into next season. As the Dolphinsn enter the final month of the season, look for the quarterback position to be closely evaluated.
Eric Ebron has been the biggest beneficiary of Andrew Luck’s comeback season. The tight end has caught 44 passes for 508 yards and 11 touchdowns while splitting time with fellow tight end Jack Doyle. Doyle will miss the rest of the season with a kidney injury, which means even more will be asked of the former Detroit Lion. Against the Dolphins, Ebron hauled in a pair of red zone touchdowns, in what was his third multi-touchdown game of the year. Ebron is a red zone threat because of his size and athletic ability. He is able to work the seams and catch in traffic as well as jump over smaller defensive backs. However, his overall skill-set will be measured by how well he can fill in as a run blocking tight end for Doyle, who was one of the NFL’s best in that regard.