Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wrap-up: Texans 23, Dolphins 13
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Houston Texans' 23-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium:
What it means: Houston is the lone undefeated team in the AFC South after two games with a solid performance in Miami that produced its first road win. The Texans showed the sort of finishing touch they’ve too often lacked. When the Dolphins pulled within three early in the fourth quarter, Houston responded with a quick drive and an Andre Johnson touchdown that boosted it to a two-score lead and provided the winning margin.
What I liked: Ben Tate filled in very well again with 23 carries for 103 yards, Matt Schaub was efficient with 21 connections on 29 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns for a 118.5 passer rating. Solid defense against Chad Henne, who hit on only 40 percent of his passes for 170 yards, was sacked twice and was picked by Johnathan Joseph.
What I didn’t like: A setback with Arian Foster's hamstring. Three sacks of Schaub. A solid overall rushing day for Miami with 28 carries for 153 yards, including 18 touches for 107 yards from rookie Daniel Thomas. Only one touchdown in five red zone chances.
Trending: In the season-opening win against the Colts, Danieal Manning had a 46-yard kickoff return. Against the Dolphins he had a 43-yarder after Miami closed to within 3 points, and it sparked a touchdown drive. Another good special teams' development: J.J. Watt blocked a field goal.
What’s next: A trip to New Orleans could produce an offensive fireworks show. The Saints are sure to bring a lot of blitzes, which will test the offense. And the new-look defense will face its biggest challenge yet.