Sunday, September 9, 2012
Wrap-up: Texans 30, Dolphins 10
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Texans’ opening-day 30-10 win over the Dolphins at Reliant Stadium:
What it meant: Houston jumped out to a one-game lead in the AFC South as the only winner in the division on a day when quarterback Matt Schaub's contract extension came to light.
What I liked: It seemed as though the Texans were flat early. They trailed 3-0 for a while. But the defense sparked a huge flurry with takeaways. After an interception led to a field goal that made it 3-3, two more picks and a fumble recovery set Houston up for 21 points in just 1:46. That was more than enough to seize control of the game.
What I also liked: The defense did just what was expected to rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, making things very difficult on him. He wound up hitting on 20 of 36 passes for 219 yards with three interceptions. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble. Houston end J.J. Watt's stat line had 1.5 sacks and three passes defensed, one of which was a tip that turned into Kareem Jackson's interception.
Star power shined: Arian Foster scared some people when he missed practices and wound up questionable with soreness around his knee. But he played and looked to be himself, gliding in for a 14-yard touchdown and bullying his way in from 2 yards out for another. Receiver Andre Johnson, meanwhile, caught eight passes for 119 yards including a 14-yard touchdown on which he displayed some pretty footwork.
What’s next: The Texans hit the road for their first division game of the season, against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Texans swept the series last year.