The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Dolphins Edition
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans opened up their regular season yesterday against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The Dolphins, with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, came into this game hoping to do to the Texans what Mark Sanchez did to them his rookie season and win his first career football game. It’s obvious that the Texans remembered that game and were not about to allow it to happen again. The Texans started off slow but they broke out of the slump when the defense made big play after big play. The offense was given a couple of short fields and punched it in for touchdowns, allowing the Texans to roll with ease over the Dolphins.
FINAL SCORE: Texans 30 Dolphins 10
Texans Regular Season Record: 1-0
Texans Game SummaryDolphins Game Summary
Total Yards: 337 Total Yards: 275
Passing Yards: 254 Passing Yards: 196
Rushing Yards: 79 Rushing Yards: 83
TOP: 34:44 TOP: 25:16
The Texans' defense yesterday seems to have picked up where they left off, after starting off a little slow. JJ Watt was the “X” factor in the game as he made several big plays to disrupt the Dolphins offense and get the Texans offense the ball back with a short field to score. The momentum of the game took a change in favor of the Texans when Watt batted down a couple of balls in which one was intercepted by Johnathan Joseph. A few plays later, Watt got into the backfield and blocked another pass, ultimately being intercepted by Brian Cushing. Kareem Jackson made some good plays as he had a pass break up, four tackles, an interception, and most importantly he didn’t give up a touchdown. The Texans secondary played a solid game overall against the Dolphins.
The game really didn’t have very many issues other than a slow start by both the offense and the defense. The Texans offense moved the ball but there were breakdowns by the offensive line that I believe will be ironed out by mid-season. The Texans weren’t as dominant with the rushing attack as expected, but that I believe is due to the Texans offensive line needing more time to create more chemistry among themselves. On a side note, the Texans need to find a replacement for Bradie James. James didn’t make plays for the Texans and at times found himself on the sideline even on rushing downs. This isn’t a good sign for the veteran linebacker as he is supposed to know the nuances of Wade’s defense and supposedly an upgrade over the former Texans middle linebacker.
The special teams unit started off slow and finished slow. They were by far the unit of the team that didn’t have any positive impact on the game. The special teams unit bobbled a return, didn’t flip the field for the offense, and gave up a touchdown. Trindon Holliday will need to step up more now that teams will be game planning to stop him, but I don’t believe that his lack luster play will continue. If for some reason it does, Holliday could find himself cut for the third time.