Coming off the first overtime win of his career, quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts face the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Luck surpassed his predecessor Peyton Manning’s rookie win total when he hit running back Vick Ballard for a 16-yard touchdown for the 19-13 overtime victory.
That was an 80-yard drive, and previously Luck led the Colts on another 80-yard drive capped by Delonte Carter’s one-yard score to send the game to overtime.
Running back Donald Brown returned from injury for 14 carries and 80 yards, while receiver Reggie Wayne had seven catches for 91 yards.
The Colts defense allowed just two field goals in the second half, and their seventh ranked secondary hasn’t given up 100 yards to a receiver since Week 2 against Minnesota.
Indianapolis’ secondary will welcome the thriving Dolphins, who capped their three-game win streak last week with a 30-9 drubbing of the New York Jets.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down early in the game, and Matt Moore stepped in going 11-for-19 for 131 yards and a touchdown to tight end Anthony Fasano in the third quarter for a 27-3 lead.
Miami’s Oliver Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the first quarter, and the Dolphins never looked back, despite New York garnering 130 more total yards.
With a win over the Colts Sunday, Miami will have its first four-game win streak since 2008, the year they last made the playoffs.
As of now, Tannehill is listed as questionable, but Moore was solid last week and should be able to shoulder the offensive load for the time being.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Miami is favored by 1 points
Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Luck has the Colts poised for a wild card berth, while Miami has been too inconsistent this year. Indianapolis should put together another close win.
Predicted Score: Indianapolis 20, Miami 17
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