Colts snap losing streak with 27-17 win over Dolphins

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The Indianapolis Colts (1-3) are winless no more after their 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins (1-3) at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

Even with a handful of starters inactive due to injuries, the Colts were able to defeat the Jacoby Brissett-led Dolphins with a big second half. They got some big games from the likes of Jonathan Taylor and Mo Alie-Cox.

Here’s everything we know from the Week 4 win for the Colts:

Final Score: Colts 27, Dolphins 17

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It was over when...

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Mo Alie-Cox caught his second touchdown pass of the day from Carson Wentz to give the Colts a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter with 6:15 left.

Keys to the game

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Situational Offense: The Colts were much better in this phase of the game for the first time this season. They were 2-of-3 in the red zone and converted both of their goal-to-go situations not counting the final kneel down drive. The Colts were also 6-of-15 (40%) on third-down attempts.

Run Game Bounces Back: The Colts have been needing more from their run game, and they got it on Sunday. Jonathan Taylor led the way with 103 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown of the game. They were able to control the clock for much of the day because of it.

Big Plays on Defense: The Colts got bailed out a few times thanks to Jacoby Brissett, but the defense came up with some big plays. Kemoko Turay had two sacks while Al-Quadin Muhammad was solid for a second straight week. They held the Dolphins offense to 27% on third down.

3 Stars of the game

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  • RB Jonathan Taylor: 16 carries, 103 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 11 receiving yards

  • TE Mo Alie-Cox: 3 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs

  • DE Kemoko Turay: 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 tackles for loss

Finally Some Offense

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The Colts offense scored the most points in a single game this season on Sunday. We finally saw some improved play in the red zone and in goal-to-go situations. The Colts were 2-of-3 in the red zone and scored a touchdown in both of their goal-to-go situations—not counting the final kneel down, which came inside the Dolphins 10-yard line.

Frank Reich’s offense worked efficiently for most of the day despite issues from both offensive tackle spots. Jonathan Taylor went for a season-high 103 rushing yards on 16 carries and his first touchdown of the season.

Carson Wentz was still limited but was much better on Sunday. He completed 24-of-32 passes (75%) for 228 passing yards, two touchdowns and a 115.1 passer rating.

Injuries

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  • RT Braden Smith (foot), S Khari Willis (groin/knee), CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) and DE Kwity Paye (hamstring) were all inactive for the game.

  • C Ryan Kelly left the game with an injury late in the fourth quarter.

What's next?

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The Colts will be on the road in Week 5 to visit the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, Oct. 11, for their first prime-time game.

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