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Colts get 1st win of the season in Miami

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (1) pats Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) on the helmet as they celebrate Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (not shown) scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

MIAMI (WISH) — The Colts got their first win of the season in Miami Sunday, taking down their former quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, and the Dolphins 27-17.

Carson Wentz completed 24 of his 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

“It feels great, honestly, because I get the monkey off your back, a little bit for both me and the team. A huge win for us all three phases to come down and execute and play well,” said Wentz.

Wentz’s passer rating of 115.1 is his best mark since Week 1 of 2019 vs. Washington.

Head Coach Frank Reich praised Wentz’s play against the Dolphins. 

“He didn’t put the ball in harm’s way. He was accurate, made good decisions, and again, I can’t emphasize enough that that really comes because of a total team effort. It’s the confidence that we can play with when the defense is playing as well as it was playing. I mean, the defense was lights out today,” said Reich.

The defensive unit as a whole held Miami to only 35 rushing yards and just 27.3% on third downs. 

Linebacker Darius Leonard led the team with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. 

“You can’t panic,” he said. “We feel like we’re building a great defense, and each week we continue to get better and better. We got to do that … if we want to shut the critics up.”

Other highlights:

  • Single-game career-high two sacks for Kemoko Turay.
  • The Colts defense has now held back-to-back opponents to under 200 yards passing.
  • Mo-Alie Cox’s first multi-touchdown day. He notches a single-game career-high with two receiving touchdowns, three receptions for 42 yards.
  • Jonathan Taylor rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown. That’s his fourth-career 100-yard game, making him only the fourth Colt to reach that mark in his first 19 games along with Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes and Marshall Faulk.
  • Michael Pittman Jr. has led the team in targets, receptions and yards for the last three weeks.

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