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Dolphins vs Texans Live
A pair of 4-3 NFL teams will take the field Thursday night in Houston as the Texans host the Dolphins. The Texans have dominated this series, winning seven of the eight all-time meetings, although Miami did take the last one in 2015.
The Dolphins are a hard team to figure out. They started out the season 3-0 with wins over the Titans, Jets and Raiders. After that, Miami lost three of their next four as the schedule got tougher and they started to play more road games. The team is coming off a 32-21 loss at home to Detroit as Brock Osweiler started once again. Osweiler couldn’t build off his really good game against the Bears two weeks ago. The defense has been up and down this season as well. They’ve held four teams under 300 passing yards while the other three times teams have found success through the air.
Houston has been quite the opposite as they started out the year 0-3 before going on their current four-game win streak. Deshaun Watson has cooled off a bit after a hot stretch toward the end of September. The offense has been underwhelming the last three weeks, but it hasn’t mattered with the defense doing its job. J.J. Watt’s been healthy and making an impact despite the lack of a ton of statistics. Four teams have thrown for less than 200 yards against the Texans secondary, and the squad is finally playing like the team many thought they would be before the year began.
This one feels like a bit of a mismatch despite both squads having the same record. As illustrated above, they got there in two completely different ways.
The Houston Texans (4-3) will take on the Miami Dolphins (4-3) at home in Week 8 on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff at NRG Stadium is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on FOX / NFL Network, Westwood One (National Radio), SportsRadio610 (610 AM, 100.3 FM), Mega 101 FM (101.1 FM) and Amazon Prime Video. The Texans will be celebrating Homecoming presented by Palais Royal and donning their color rush uniforms.
Houston is coming off a 20-7 road victory over Jacksonville in Week 7. The Texans have won four games in a row for the first time since Weeks 8-12 of the 2015 season and sit in first place in the AFC South.
Both teams are coming into this one on short rest. Miami has lost three of its last four, but the schedule has been relatively kind as of late. The Dolphins are coming off two straight at home and have a tilt in Miami against the Jets up next. I don’t see any sort of weariness or look-ahead factor involved with this one. Houston is coming off two of its last three at home as well. They are coming off a bit of an emotional division win over the Jaguars and have a road game at Denver coming up next before a bye week. It seems like both teams are coming into this one on even footing on the short week. The road team has won the last two Thursday night games after the home team took the first five.
2. Who is healthy and who is getting the ball?
Both teams have their various nicks and bruises entering this one as you’d expect on a short week although the Dolphins have it much worse. They will be without wide receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills while Danny Amendola was limited in practice on Monday. DeVante Parker will probably play after being inactive. Parker has just two catches this season and has to deal with a team that may or may not like him. His agent certainly thinks the wideout is healthy and can help out at that position. Ryan Tannehill also will miss another game, but he is expected to start throwing (a Nerf ball at least) this week. This means more Brock Osweiler who has one good game and one bad one so far.