Miami @ houston season opener shutout?

6 Sep

Texans open Super Bowl quest against rookie Tannehill, Dolphins

The Texans are coming to win no question, after years of not being able to get over the hump they finally got their taste last season by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card game.  Now with the return of their starting quarterback Matt Schaub they seem more determined than ever to make it to the Superbowl and in all  they are what most would consider a Superbowl team. We all know Houston’s defense is élite. Last season, they were 3rd against the pass, 4th against the rush, and 6th in sacks making them the 2nd overall defense in the National Football League.  To see them dominate Miami’s offense this Sunday shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. In saying that they are just as deadly on offense  with their air attack between Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson and their terrifying running game consisting of Arian foster and Ben Tate.

As for Miami, they just have too much going on right now to pose a legitimate threat to Houston, new head coach, new defense, new offense, and new quarterback. Not to mention how much the players have to adjust to the new program first year head coach Joe Philbin has brought in. For the dolphins to even compete their main goal has to be keeping the players they do have on the field and healthy. With the return of star pass rusher Cameron Wake and Middle Linebacker Karlos Dansby, the defense should have a little more comfort heading into this game. The biggest position problem for Miami is the wide receiver position, especially with the trade of wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Now Miami has a lot on their table. New defense, new offense, new Head Coach, new Quarterback, and a new system that most players are still trying to get a hold of. For the Dolphins to even stay competitive they are going to have to keep the players they do have well and healthy and with the return of star pass rusher Cameron wake and solid middle linebacker Karlos Dansby it should put the Dolphins back to a little more normality on defense. The biggest problem for Miami in this game is their inability to pass the ball with no good wide outs to throw the ball to and a rookie quarterback in the pocket this could be a serious issue if the Texans can get enough sacks.

Miami has met up with Houston 6 times and Houston has beat Miami 6 times and for their 7th match it doesn’t look like there is going to be a different outcome. The Texans are a legit team and as I stated before in my eyes a Superbowl contender, as for the Dolphins this is a rebuilding year and they are most likely going to be in the run for the number 1 to 4th pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Miami just doesn’t have what it takes so far as skill goes to show Houston something they haven’t already seen before with a rookie Quarterback and no deep threat or go to guys I see the Texans getting to rookie Ryan Tannehill and breaking his confidence and putting a huge dent in any passing game Miami was going to come out with. I think the run game is going to play the biggest role in Miami’s offense.

Keys to Success:

  • Contain Arian Foster and Ben Tate
  • Limit Andre Johnson

Final Prediction: Texans 42 Dolphins 10

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