Sep 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) hands off to running back Kenny Hilliard (38) in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Dallas won 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Anyone who watched the HBO series Hard Knocks knows that the Texans are team in flux this season. They have decent wide-receivers who are still learning to play with a shaky quarterback situation. Will Ryan Mallet be leading the team by then? Defensively the Texans are good up front and the best defensive players not named Suh is J.J. Watt.
Why the Dolphins will win
Miami can move the ball on the Texans defense but will need to keep Watt out of the back-field. They will have to deal with the Texans quick edge rushers but cornerback is a bit of an issue for the Texans and the Dolphins should find the underneath open behind linebacker coverage. The game won’t be an easy win like the one before but the Dolphins will be facing a team that is still learning to play together.
Why the Dolphins might lose
The Dolphins have never in their history beaten the Texans and that is somewhat of a stigma on the franchise. It will not have any bearing on this game. The Texans will try to establish a running game and likely attack the Dolphins right side on both defense and offense. Jamil Douglas will have a hard time stopping J.J. Watt and Olivier Vernon will need to maintain his discipline as the Texans are likely to move away from the Suh/Wake combination on the right.
Miami – 28 – Texans 14