After a few weeks of losing and a change at the head coaching spot, the Dolphins finally got back on track Sunday in a beat down of the Tennessee Titans with new coach Dan Campbell leading the way.
Miami executed on both sides of the ball, and now Sunday they will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in almost a year when they take on the Texans at home.
“The sleeping giants have awoken,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said after the 38-10 win over Tennessee.
In a rather odd stat, the Fins have yet to win at home and is 0-7 against Houston (2-4). The Texans seem to have their number, and will look to do it again Sunday in South Beach.
Ryan Tannehill has thrown all seven of his interceptions in the last three games, and will need to play better to beat a good Texans defense.
Last week he went 22 of 29 for 266 yards and also threw two touchdowns against the Titans after completing 56.7 percent of his passes in the first four games.
Lamar Miller needs to get the Dolphins run game going early, as last week vs the Titans he had 113 and a TD on 19 carries against the Titans. Miller gained 131 yards and didn’t score in the first four games.
For Houston, they were good enough to overcome the Jaguars last week, with Brian Hoyer at QB going 24 of 36 for 293 yards with three TDs and no INTs.
“He’s our quarterback,” coach Bill O’Brien said about Hoyer, who has thrown eight touchdowns and two interceptors in four games.
“We’re going to stick with him. He’s playing really well. He’s playing at a high level, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
Hoyer needs to say away from Cameron Wake, who was on fire vs the Titans a week ago, finally showing the pass rush the Dolphins have been waiting for all season.
Hoyer’s been helped by DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL in receiving yards (726) and is second in receptions (52). He’s averaged 10 catches and 158 yards in the last three games, and scored twice Sunday.
Houston is 2-4, but could finally be starting to catch fire. Look for Hoyer to play well against the Dolphins, who were playing off the emotion of their new coach last week.
The Texans with their solid offense should be able to get a hard fought road win against a team they have historically played well against.
Houston 24 Miami 17
Houston – Brian Hoyer 257 yards 1 TD, Arian Foster 111 yards rushing 1 TD, DeAndre Hopkins 90 yards receiving 1 TD
Miami – Ryan Tannehill 192 yards 1 TD, LaMar Miller 80 yards 1 TD, Jarvis Landry 87 yards receiving
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