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G8: DOLPHINS @ INDIANAPOLIS: Final: Miami 4-4 after 23-20 loss at Indy in duel of two rookie QBs. Ryan Tannehill was very good -- 21 for 35 for 276 yards and a TD, a 94.5 passer rating. Andrew Luck was better -- 30 for 48 for an NFL rookie-record 433 yards and two TDs, a 105.6 rating. ..... 4Q: Two late miscues very hurtful for Miami. 1) Sean Smith drops what should have been an interception in Colts territory. 2) Marlon Moore holding penalty negates long punt return. ... Indy back up 23-20 with 6 minutes to play on 43-yard FG. Luck has set NFL rookie record with 433 passing yards. ..... Game knotted at 20-20 on Carpenter 31-yard kick with 13 minutes to play. ..... 3Q: Indy up 20-17 on T.Y. Hilton 36-yard grab in end zone from Luck. Sean Smith and Nolan Carroll both there to make a play; Hilton did instead. ..... Half: What a first half by Tannehill and Luck! Ryan with a 132.4 rating on 10-14, 158 yards and Andrew at 111.4 on 19-28, 273 yards. Both have a TD pass. At this rate Miami could give up more than 500 yards passing but win. Strange game. ..... 2Q: Indy within 17-13 on 47-yard FG in final seconds. Miami got lucky: T.Y. Hilton (from FIU) missed what should have been a TD pass from Luck. ... Indy misses FG when it is tipped by Olivier Vernon. ... Miami back up 17-10 on a Reggie Bush run they'll show on SportsCenter, an 18-yard score that featured one of the great stop-on-a-dime cutbacks you'll see. ... Indy level at 10-10 on 23-yard FG. ... Miami back up 10-7 as Tannehill hits 31-yard scoring pass to Charles Clay. ..... 1Q: Indy up 7-3 in last minute of quarter after Andrew Luck 9-yard scoring pass to Reggie Wayne, who beat Sean Smith in end zone. Big play of drive: A pass interference against Koa Misi that gave Nags 1st and goal. ... Miami 3-0 on Dan Carpenter 37-yard FG. ... Colts miss 48-yard FG try after delay of game trying to get Miami to jump offsides. Dumb, dumb. ... Let's go! Pregame: Tannehill starting. Interesting call by Joe Philbin. Open to massive second-guessing if his knee injury is aggravated. ..... Tannehill warming up on sideline at around 11:15 a.m. today. ..... Original post: November, and the Dolphins are playing an important game. Two 4-3 squads, both hot (MIA 3 straight wins and IND 2 in a row) and both thinking playoffs. The NFL is fun again in Miami. This game also has an intriguing individual subtext if Ryan Tannehill (knee) is ableto play, and that is the first of what could be a career-long rivalry between Tannehill and fellow first-round draftee Andrew Luck. Tannehill is officially questionable and a game-time decision but various reports including one on NFL Network suggest Tannehill is realistically is closer to probable/likely. The Dolphins are a narrow favorite but I think the betting line underestimates the Colts, who have become a strong home team and expect to have defensive leaders Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis back from injuries. Dolphins also could face a little bit of a letdown after that rout-win over the division-rival Jets. For those reasons, more than for Tannehill's status, I like the home team today. (Then again, considering I'm 3-4 on Miami picks this season, Dolfans mightwell see this prediction as an omen of continued good fortune). My pick: Colts, 21-20.
Note: I'll be on 790 The Ticket's pregame show talking Dolphins-Colts today from 10 a.m. 'til about 11:30, then right back here at kickoff for a live in-game Boutique Blog (patent pending). You are invited.