The Dolphins have gotten back to the basics with new coach Dan Campbell and after two games Miami looks like a whole new team. Sunday they topped the Texans 44-26, and it wasn’t even that close.
Ryan Tannehill completed his first 18 attempts and threw for four scores in first 16 minutes as the Dolphins at one point Sunday led it 41-0 before they took their foot off the gas.
Last week the Dolphins beat Tennessee 38-10, and Sunday’s 44 points means in two games they have outscored the competition 82-36 since Campbell took over.
”It’s not me; it’s this team,” Campbell said. ”These guys want it. To watch the transformation they’ve made and the ownership they’ve begun to take, I’m glad I’m part of it.”
The Dolphins had been 0-7 previously against Houston, the only team they had never beaten. Miami became the first team in at least 75 years to score four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a half, according to STATS.
Tannehill extended his two-game streak to 25 consecutive completions, an NFL record, before he threw his only incompletion in the fourth quarter.
Jarvis Landry went through the Texans D for a 50-yard catch and run for a score. He also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.
Lamar Miller scored on a 54-yard reception and an 85-yard run. Rishard Matthews scored the game’s first points when turned a short pass from Tannehill into a 53-yard score.
That was all in the opening half, when the Dolphins built a 41-0 lead. They tied a franchise record of 21 points in the first quarter, done three other times, and 35 points at halftime set in 1967, their second season.
The Dolphins began pulling their regulars at halftime. The Texans drew little solace from scoring four touchdowns in the second half.
It’s great to see what Campbell and the team has been capable of with their new outlook, and it will be interesting to see what they do Thursday against the Patriots.
“Give credit to Dan and rest of the coaching staff that they’ve turned it around,” Tannehill said.