Duel of rookie quarterbacks doesn’t disappoint in first half

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Sunday’s matchup between Ryan Tannehill and Andrew Luck is creating some excitement for future meetings between the two rookie quarterbacks.

It’s also making for an exciting Colts-Dolphins game. The Dolphins hold a 17-13 lead thanks in large part to two Adam Vinatieri missed field goals that have kept the Colts from capitalizing on what Luck’s put together thus far. Luck has completed 19-of-28 for 278 yards and a touchdown to Reggie Wayne. He’s converted several tough third downs and done plenty to keep the Colts offense moving despite a nearly non-existent run game.

Tannehill has completed 10-of-14 passes for 158 yards. He’s also thrown a touchdown, a 31-yard bomb to Charles Clay that showed some good patience from the Miami rookie. He hasn’t shown any signs of being hampered by the left leg injury that made his status a question mark this week.

Neither of the rookies is responsible for the best play of the day, though. That belongs to Reggie Bush for scooting and juking his way 18 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to break what was a 10-10 tie. He’s got 26 yards on six carries overall and the Dolphins have also gotten good work from Daniel Thomas on their way to a halftime lead.

With the winner of this one improving to 5-3 and helping their playoff chances, it promises to be a good second half in Indy. Based on how Tannehill and Luck have started their careers, it shouldn’t be the last one between these two teams.