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Overheard by a man in a New England Patriots golf shirt at the Mission Valley Marriott, two trolley stops from Qualcomm Stadium:
"The Dolphins are starting to scare me."
As well they should. The Miami Dolphins didn't win Sunday, but they reinforced the notion they'll be a dangerous team this season. They would've won their third straight game had they not suffered a heartbreaking 29-28 loss to the Houston Texans in the final seconds at Reliant Stadium.
The Dolphins jumped to a 14-3 lead thanks to Patrick Cobbs touchdown receptions of 53 and 80 yards. The Dolphins and Texans exchanged five leads in the second half, with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams each scoring a touchdown. The Texans scored the winning touchdown with three seconds left.
Such a close defeat would've been somewhat encouraging for Dolfans last year, or maybe even a few weeks ago. But the Dolphins shook their loser's image with back-to-back victories over the Patriots and San Diego Chargers.
Although they were underdogs to the winless Texans, this was a game they will lament. They let Matt Schaub orchestrate a 12-play drive after the 2-minute warning and couldn't put the game away like winners do.
The Dolphins still are learning, yet they proved again they're getting there.