At a dismal 4-4, the Miami Dolphins look to be returning to their unique mid-season form… barely alive and kicking. With injuries plaguing them not only this year but over the last decade, the Phins look to contend in a division with a dynasty team that always manages to stay on top. A roster mixed with both talented and average players, the Dolphins must rebound from their last loss in order to regain any momentum they had earlier in the season. Thursday nights game against the Texans was not a move in the right direction. The Dolphins have a lot of film to watch in hopes to get back to winning.
This weeks Thursday Night Football contest showcased a match up of a team continuing a hot run versus one with high hopes, but less talent. The Houston Texans came into Thursdays game riding a wave of wins being successful in their last 4 games. Young QB Deshaun Watson showed why he is worth the hype racking up 239 yards and a whopping 5 touchdowns. Solidifying their run, the Texans had 3 different receivers catching touchdowns with two of them (Fuller and Hopkins) catching 2 a piece. The run game of Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue was solid as they combined for 1 TD and 175 yards rushing. The Texans defense did allow 23 total points, but their offense was more than capable of handling the pressure as they put up 42 points in the win. The Dolphins looked good in the first half, but could not keep up with Houston in the 2nd.
Starting off the game great, back-up QB Brock Osweiler managed to keep the game under control only trailing by 4 going in to halftime. The 2nd half saw a slug-fest of back and forth scoring in the 3rd quarter. But Houston was too strong and continued to score while Miami dwindled. Osweiler finished the night with 241 yards, no TD’s and 1 interception. Kenyan Drake finished with a measly 58 yards rushing and 1 TD. Danny Amendment provided the highlight of the game with his rainbow pass downfield to wide open Kenyon Drake on a trick play. DeVante Parker was probably the only bright spot for the Phins as he hauled in 6 catches for 134 yards.
The Dolphins have a lot of work to do in order to get back to their winning ways. Starting the season off 3-0, the Dolphins looked great to start their season. Injuries to their starting QB Ryan Tannehill put Phin-Fans in a familiar spot: wondering why the team paid millions for a QB that has only been healthy for a short part of his contract so far. Despite the setbacks and usual bad breaks the Dolphins get, the team must commit to the rest of the season- more than before – in order to turn it around. The Dolphins face the Jets next week in Miami. The Jets are off to another slow start and Miami is looking to rebound in a big way after Thursday Nights trouncing.