- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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What it means: This was about what I expected from Miami. In fact, I predicted Houston would win, 27-10, which was very close. The Dolphins are a rebuilding team in major transition offensively and defensively. It showed as Miami couldn't keep up with Houston for even a half before Houston's talent eventually prevailed. The Dolphins have very few difference-makers. Miami will have to play mistake-free football for four quarters to win consistently, but that wasn't the case in this game. The Dolphins committed four turnovers and didn't force any from Houston.
What I liked: One of the bright spots for Miami was starting running back Reggie Bush. He led the Dolphins in both rushing (69 yards) and catches (six). Bush is proving to be a reliable weapon. The Dolphins need to find ways to get the ball in his hands as much as possible until other players prove they can step up. Miami’s run defense also was solid. The Dolphins held Houston Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster to 79 yards on 26 carries. Foster did have two touchdowns.
What I didn’t like: Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled in his first regular-season start. He threw for 219 yards and had three interceptions. Tannehill’s passer rating was 39.0. He looked very much like a rookie and Miami will have to live with the growing pains this year. The goal is for Tannehill to get better each week. His supporting cast (besides Bush) also has to do a better job.
What's next: Miami will host the Oakland Raiders next week at Sun Life Stadium. This is a chance for the Dolphins to catch Oakland on the road and coming off a short week. This is probably the most winnable game Miami has on its early schedule.