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            === Dolphins' pass rush tries its 'Luck' against Indy ===
 
 (Sports Network) - One team had a rookie quarterback in 2012 who had a
 perfectly respectable first season and is expected to make a significant jump
 is his sophomore year as a pro.
 
 The other had Andrew Luck.
 
 But the problem with having such a valuable asset as the No. 1 overall pick
 out of Stanford proved to be -- as the Indianapolis Colts are continuing to
 find out -- is that there's an extra premium on making sure he stays in one
 piece.
 
 The second act of Luck's second chapter takes place Sunday at Lucas Oil
 Stadium, where the Colts will face visiting Miami while aiming to keep their
 passer off the ground more than he was in the Week 1 opener against Oakland.
 The Raiders sacked Luck four times and harassed him for most of the afternoon
 before he scampered in for a decisive rushing touchdown with less than six
 minutes remaining.
 
 Luck was sacked 41 times as a rookie -- the highest total for an Indianapolis
 QB since Jeff George in 1991.
 
 "As long as 12 is upright and on his feet, we've got a much better chance of
 winning than losing," coach Chuck Pagano said. "We will exhaust everything to
 take care of him and keep him clean."
 
 The beefed-up line, which added Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes in the draft
 and picked up Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus as free agents, have a premier
 passer-harasser to deal with this week in the form of Miami end Cameron Wake.
 
 Wake had 15 sacks in 2012 and began the 2013 run with 2 1/2 in the Dolphins'
 win at Cleveland.
 
 He dumped the then-rookie once in their Nov. 4 meeting last year, which the
 Colts won, 23-20, with Luck throwing the ball 48 times for 433 yards, a record
 for a first-year player.
 
 "We're going to know where he's at, it's really no secret," Pagano said. "It's
 a different thing getting him blocked. He's very, very athletic, very
 powerful."
 
 While Wake reached his target and earned the attention of the Indianapolis
 coaching staff, it's by no means a secret that Luck's prowess has set
 defensive players around the league to talking about him in reverential terms
 and making him a game-planning priority as well.
 
 Miami intercepted three passes against the Browns and hopes to continue the
 ball-hawking mojo.
 
 "He got us last year for over 400 yards, so that wasn't good on our part,"
 cornerback Nolan Carroll said. "We've got to cover those guys man for man and
 we've got to keep him in the pocket. He won the game last week by running, so
 we've got to contain him and try and get him off rhythm. When he's in a
 rhythm, that's when their offense is unstoppable."
 
 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, whom NFL.com labeled before the season as the
 player most likely to have a breakout 2013, began that quest by completing 24-
 of-38 passes against the Browns. He connected nine times with Brian Hartline,
 who was displaced by free agent Mike Wallace as the No. 1 wide receiver, but
 was very effective against a Cleveland defense geared to halt the newcomer.
 
 Wallace had one catch for 15 yards against the Browns.
 
 In last year's game with the Colts, Tannehill threw for 290 yards and a score.
 
 "Certainly we know what he did versus us last year," Pagano said. "He has the
 arm to make all the throws and he has some skill guys around him that can make
 plays. He can burn you."
 
 Wallace and Hartline notwithstanding, the Dolphins may make it a point to
 emphasize a running game that was all but absent against Cleveland -- gaining
 just 20 yards. Daniel Thomas had a TD in his eight-carry, 14-yard day while
 Lamar Miller gained all of three yards on 10 attempts.
 
 "We're not going to lull ourselves to sleep thinking about how they ran for
 only 20 yards," Pagano said. "They're going to go to work to make sure they
 can run the football."
 
 
 WHAT TO WATCH FOR
 
 The success of the Dolphins' running game could rely on what's available to
 Tannehill through the air, making wideouts Wallace, Brandon Gibson and
 Hartline the ones to watch against the Indianapolis secondary.
 
 If they can force the Colts to respect the pass and pull defenders out of the
 box to do so, lanes could open up for Thomas and Miller as a result.
 
 Going the other way, the offensive line that surrendered four sacks against
 the woeful Oakland Raiders will have some serious explaining to do if the same
 happens this week with Miami.
 
 Luck and Co. have to account for Wake as well as rookie Dion Jordan, whom Luck
 knows from his days at Stanford and Jordan's time at rival Oregon.
 
 
 OVERALL ANALYSIS
 
 This one comes to which team do you believe in. Is it the Colts, who turned
 around dramatically in 2012, but won enough games in late settings to make one
 wonder if it was replicable a year later?
 
 Or is it the Dolphins, who have an emerging quarterback, a more dangerous
 receiving corps and a hungry pass-rushing defense, but haven't seen .500 since
 the days of Chad Pennington?
 
 In spite of the home field, it says here that it's Miami, and don't be
 surprised if folks refer back to this game come December at Wild Card
 tiebreaker time.
 
 Sports Network predicted outcome: Dolphins 20, Colts 16
 
 
 09/13 09:46:18 ET