Entering today, the Miami Dolphins were an NFL best second ranked against the run. They only allowed 82 yards per game on the ground and failed to let opponents do anything on the ground. Today, the Indianapolis Colts rushed for 97 yards on only 26 attempts and did just enough to allow the Colts to pull out a huge AFC victory.
I said this past week on this site that the Colts need to establish a solid running game to pull out a victory. They didn’t need to break records and gain tons of yards, but do just enough to get by and allow Andrew Luck time to beat the Dolphins secondary.
Today, the Colts did just that and more.
They didn’t get tons of yardage, but just kept nickel and diming it down the field. They weren’t trying to hit the homerun on the ground rather just trying to keep the Dolphins defense a bay. Credit the Colts coaching staff on that by knowing the Dolphins’ weaknesses and exploiting them.
They knew the Dolphins struggled in the secondary, but didn’t want to be strictly one-dimensional. They needed somewhat of a ground game to keep the Dolphins back and allow Luck to thrive in play action passes. Luck, set a rookie record with 433 yards and threw for two touchdown passes. That was all set up by the Colts’ run game.
Rookie Vick Ballard came up huge again today with 60 yards on 16 carries. Second year man Delone Carter had eight big carries for 31 yards. Those two did just enough to get the Colts by and allowed another week for opening day starter Donald Brown to get healthy.
Credit the run game again for the Colts’ victory.