Sun Nov 10 7:45pm ET
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage (27) waves to fans as he leaves the field following the team's NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Dolphins defeated the Colts 16-12. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) is surrounded by teammates as he celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) breaks the tackle of Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Dolphins defensive back Steven Parker (26) rolls away with the ball after stripping it in the end zone from Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron (85) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The play was rule an interception by Parker. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron (85) makes a catch in the end zone over Miami Dolphins defensive back Steven Parker (26) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The play was rule an interception by Parker. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Miami Dolphins defensive back Nik Needham (40) tackles Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Brian Hoyer throws against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick scored on an 11-yard run in the first half and the Miami Dolphins defense made a late stop Sunday to preserve a 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Dolphins (2-7) have won two straight after a miserable start and earned their first win at Lucas Oil Stadium since 2013.
Indianapolis (5-4) has lost back-to-back regular-season games for the first time since October 2018. With starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett out because of an injured left knee, the Colts offense sputtered. Indy gained just 300 total yards and Brian Hoyer was picked off three times, with Miami scoring 13 points off those turnovers.
Yet, the Colts had four chances to take the lead in the final minute from the Miami 16. Hoyer threw incompletions on the first three plays and hooked up with Eric Ebron for eight yards on fourth-and-10, sealing the decision.
It sure wasn't pretty.
Hoyer's first interception led to a 47-yard field goal by Jason Sanders, and Hoyer's second pick set up the Dolphins' only touchdown - Fitzpatrick scrambled to the right on third down and found a wide open running lane to the end zone for a 10-0 lead.
Indy finally scored on a 25-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri early in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 10-6 when Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen's league record for field goal attempts on a 39-yarder with 38 seconds left in the third. Vinatieri and Andersen have each attempted 709 career field goals though Vinatieri has made a record 596.
The Colts took their only lead when Hoyer hooked up with Jack Doyle on a 1-yard TD pass early in the fourth. But Vinatieri missed his sixth extra point of the season, leaving the score 12-10.
Miami answered with a 48-yard field goal to make it 13-12. The Dolphins capitalized on Hoyer's final interception with another 48-yard field goal.
Dolphins: Fitzpatrick was 21 of 33 with 169 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. ... Kalen Ballage had 20 carries for 43 yards. ... DeVante Parker had five receptions for 69 yards.
Colts: Hoyer was 18 of 39 with 204 yards and one TD. ... Marlon Mack ran 19 times for 74 yards. ... Eric Ebron had five catches for 56 yards.
Dolphins: Linebacker Jerome Baker left in the second half with what appeared to be an injured right knee and the refs sent Fitzpatrick to the sideline at the start of Miami's final series. Fitzpatrick took a hit to the helmet on the previous series.
Colts: Running back Jordan Wilkins injured his ankle during the third quarter and did not return.
Former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney became the 16th inductee into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime.
Freeney finished his career as Indianapolis' sacks leader with 107 1/2 and now ranks second, behind former teammate Robert Mathis (123). He was joined by a group of former teammates including Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James as well as Bill Polian - who selected Freeney in the first round of the 2002 draft.
It was a different experience for Freeney.
''Before when I came out of that tunnel, when I was the last out of the tunnel, I had my helmet on, I was ready to go, I was ready to go in and attack somebody,'' he said. ''Well this wasn't attack-mode. This was more like, `All right Dwight, calm down. Remember what you're going to say.' It was a different feeling. It was a great feeling.''
Dolphins: Return home to face division rival Buffalo next Sunday.
Colts: Will try to win third straight division game this season when Jacksonville visits next Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley had a strong showing in Week 15 against the Raiders. He was targeted a team-high eight times and wound up with four catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the game. The team was without D.J. Chark (ankle) this week and both Conley and Keelan Cole took advantage. Cole led the team with 76 receiving yards in the game. If Chark remains out next week, Conley is a viable option as a WR3 of flex with a favorable Week 16 matchup against the Falcons.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott managed his team to a big win in Week 15. He completed 15 of his 23 pass attempts for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He added 13 yards on the ground on six scrambles. The Cowboys ended up dominating the Rams on both sides of the ball, and Prescott simply didn't need to do much, even taking a seat near the end of the fourth quarter while backup quarterback Cooper Rush finished things out. Prescott should have more chances to throw in a crucial game for the NFC East next week against the Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran all over the Los Angeles Rams Defense in Week 15. He ran the ball 24 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, adding three catches for 43 more yards. "Zeke's" first score came on a one-yard plunge with his second coming from three yards out. It was a strong game from Elliott, who will be needed again in a critical battle for the NFC East title next week against the Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard led the Cowboys in rushing in Week 15, running the ball 12 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. He added two catches for 12 more yards. Pollard's score came on a 44-yard run in garbage time with the Cowboys just trying to run out the clock. Pollard wasn't expected to do this much, but with the Cowboys destroying the Rams on both sides of the ball, starter Ezekiel Elliott yielded fourth quarter playing time to the rookie Pollard.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook had a quiet game against the Raiders in Week 15. He was targeted four times in the game and wound up with two receptions for 14 yards. The team was without D.J. Chark (ankle) in the game, but it was Keelan Cole and Chris Conley who were able to take advantage. Cole led the team with 76 receiving yards while Conley scored two touchdowns. Westbrook has been held under 30 receiving yards in two straight games now. If Chark remains out, Westbrook could be worth consideration as a WR3 or flex next week against the Falcons.
Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas finished with two catches for 23 yards during the Week 15 loss to the Seahawks. After the 23-year-old compiled five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons in Week 14, Sunday's performance was a major disappointment. Greg Olsen (concussion) may be back against the Colts, but if he isn't, Thomas still has some value for those in need of a streamer at the tight end position.
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo connected on both of his field goal attempts in Week 15, a 28-yarder and a 43-yarder. He also hit both of his extra-point attempts in the game. Lambo has converted on 28 of his 29 field goal attempts this year, which is of course fantastic. However, the Jaguars haven't been able to get him a lot of attempts lately. He had only one field goal attempt in four of his past five games. Because of his efficiency, he's a possible low-end starting kicker option, but you may want to go with someone who receives more steady opportunities.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette performed adequately in Week 15 against the Raiders. He rushed the ball 15 times for 42 yards while adding 5 receptions for 31 yards on seven targets. You can live with the production in PPR, but it's a bit of an underwhelming performance for non-PPR. Fournette has been held without a touchdown and under 100 total yards in three straight games now. He'll look to break that streak in Week 16 when the Jaguars face the Falcons.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Ryquell Armstead rushed the ball just one time and gained only a single yard in Week 15 against the Raiders. Armstead had just three carries in his past five games coming into Week 15, so the minimal workload was no surprise. He's shown some promising flashes this year, most notably a five-catch game against the Texans in early November, but he would need an injury to the team's No. 1 running back Leonard Fournette in order to gain fantasy relevance.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole had three catches for 76 yards on six targets in Week 15 against the Raiders. Cole led the team in receiving yards, but he was third in targets behind Chris Conley and Leonard Fournette. Cole benefited from the absence of D.J. Chark (ankle) in this game, and he could remain a viable low-end fantasy option for as long as Chark ends up being out.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew had a solid game against the Raiders in Week 15. He completed 17-of-29 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He was turnover-free in the game and also added 27 rushing yards. Minshew had disappointed in his past three starts, failing to top 200 yards in two of the games while throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns in the third game. So it was encouraging to see him take advantage of a favorable matchup. He has another favorable matchup against the Falcons in Week 16.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught two of three targets for 14 yards in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Lazard has come back down to earth the last two weeks after exploding for 103 yards against the Giants. He can't be counted upon for fantasy when he's averaging 2.7 targets per game in his last four contests
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen had another miserable performance, finishing with 277 yards on 25-for-41 passing while adding three interceptions and a touchdown during the loss to the Seahawks. He also had five carries for 25 yards. After an impressive debut earlier in the season against Arizona, it has been all downhill for the 25-year-old, who logged his 15th pick on the year in Week 15. With two games remaining, Allen will have to get it together if he hopes to remain the starter come next season in the event that Cam Newton (foot) gets traded during the offseason.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison caught two of four targets for 19 yards in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Allison's day included a drop on a ball Aaron Rodgers put right in his hands. Allison has now failed to exceed 50 receiving yards in all but one game this year. He's certainly off the fantasy radar for the remainder of the season.
Cleared from concussion protocol, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson didn't do much for those owners who took a chance on the speedy wide receiver ahead of a prime matchup with a bad Giants Defense. Wilson's eight targets led all Dolphins wide receivers and he managed to convert five of them for a total of 59 yards, finishing his day with just five points in standard leagues. Even with a matchup in Week 16 against the hapless Bengals, Wilson is only a desperation play for those fighting for a fantasy championship.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught seven of 13 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Adams hesitated on his route, then left Bears corner Buster Skrine in the dust for a 29-yard score. A great day could have been even better for Adams, if not for a few uncharacteristic drops. Still, Adams saw double-digit targets for the sixth time this year and remains Aaron Rodgers' most trustworthy receiver. He'll get a good matchup for fantasy receivers in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick turned in another solid performance in a losing effort on Sunday, throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-20 loss to the New York Giants. Fitzpatrick didnt throw an interception for the first time in more than a month but still managed to contribute a brutal turnover, fumbling on Miamis first drive of the second half after New York had just taken the lead with a touchdown. Fitzpatrick finished with 19 points on the day, rewarding the many who took a chance on the veteran even with as their playoff hopes were on the line. He'll have another solid matchup in Week 16, as the Cincinnati Bengals come to town in a battle of two of the NFL's worst teams.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins was overshadowed by teammates Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce during the Week 15 win. Watkins caught three of four targets for 49 yards in the win over the Broncos. Hill and Kelce are going to continue to be the favorite targets in KC. Watkins should be considered a boom-or-bust WR3 for his Week 16 matchup with the Bears. Watkins has some fantasy value, but hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 1.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has shown the ability to make big plays, but has been lost in the shuffle lately. Having both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins back healthy has basically killed Hardman's fantasy value. He saw two targets and caught one of them for 10 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos. Hardman has seen three total targets over the last three games. He belongs on the bench or waiver wire in most formats at this point. He'll be a boom-or-bust WR5 for his matchup with the Bears in Week 16.
The last man standing in the backfield, Miami Dolphins running back Patrick Laird was a non-factor in fantasy on Sunday, rushing for 46 yards and scoring just four points in standard leagues. Laird was even more ineffective in the passing game, catching two of his five targets for eight yards. In theory, Laird will have a better matchup in Week 16, facing a Cincinnati defense thats allowing the seventh-most points to running backs this season but its not as if the Giants were that much better, having had allowed the 15th-most prior to the matchup with Miami. Even facing the one-win Bengals, Laird is only a desperate play with fantasy championships on the line.