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Colts beat Dolphins 27-17 for first win of the season

Chris Simms and Mike Florio preview the Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts matchup while Simms picks the winless Colts and Florio is taking the Dolphins in a close game.

The Colts are in the win column.

It wasn’t the prettiest victory, but Indianapolis did enough to beat Miami 27-10 on Sunday.
The Dolphins got on the board first after a muffed punt put them in scoring position, with Jason Sanders hitting a 38-yard field goal. But then the Colts scored 20 straight points, with running back Jonathan Taylor opening the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

Tight end Mo Alie-Cox then caught his first of two touchdowns, making the score 14-3 in the third quarter. And a pair of Rodrigo Blankenship field goals gave Indianapolis a 20-3 advantage.

Miami started to storm back in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Jacoby Brissett starting to move the ball well for the second week in a row late in the game. Tight end Mike Gesicki caught a 1-yard touchdown to cap a drive early in the period that took just 2:37 off the clock. But the Miami defense couldn’t hold, surrendering a second touchdown to Alie-Cox.

DeVante Parker caught a 3-yard touchdown with 4:24 left, capping a quick six-play, 75-yard drive. But the onside kick attempt failed, with Indianapolis recovering. The Colts never gave the ball back, with Marlon Mack running 10 yards to Miami’s 3-yard line for a first down with 1:45 left in the contest.

Taylor mainly paced the Colts’ offense, rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown. Mack had 22 yards on 10 carries.

But still playing on two sprained ankles, quarterback Carson Wentz finished the game 24-of-32 passing for 228 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Now 1-3, the Colts play the Ravens next Monday night. The 1-3 Dolphins will be on the road to face the Buccaneers in Week Five.